A hit and run accident can be devastating and may leave a family struggling to cope financially with the fallout. Unlike a regular car accident where the drivers involved obey the law and exchange contact information, hit and run accident victims may not know where to turn for compensation.
If you were involved in a hit and run accident in Dayton, Ohio, it may seem like you have little recourse to legal help or financial recovery, but you are not alone. A Dayton hit and run accident lawyer with the Fitch Law Firm may be able to help you gather evidence in support of your case and file for compensation where it may be available.
To discuss your unique case with a member of our team, call the Fitch Law Firm at (937) 660-4232.
About Hit and Run Accidents
Hit and run accidents occur when a driver causes an accident and flees the scene without exchanging contact details or insurance information with other parties involved. Such accidents can take many forms, such as:
- A collision between two moving vehicles
- A collision between a vehicle and a pedestrian or a cyclist
- A collision between a vehicle and fixed objects such as a parked vehicle
Under penalty, Ohio Revised Code Section 4549.02 prohibits anyone who causes an accident from leaving the scene of the accident without stopping to exchange contact and insurance information with the victim. Even if the victim or the owner of a vehicle that was struck cannot be identified, the nearest law enforcement officer should be notified of the accident.
Insurance Coverage for Hit and Run Accidents
Ohio is an at-fault state. This means that the responsibility for an accident—and payment for any damages—rest on the party or parties responsible for the accident. Using evidence such as dashcam footage, surveillance cameras, or eyewitness statements, if you are able to identify the driver responsible for your accident, you may be able to seek compensation for your damages from them.
If you are unable to identify the at-fault parties—or if they do not have insurance—then you may be able to use your Uninsured Motorist policy to cover for your losses. Keep in mind that Uninsured Motorist coverage is optional in Ohio.
To discuss your options for free with a representative of the Fitch Law Firm, call us today at (937) 660-4232.
Hit and Run Accident Injuries
Hit and run accidents can be as serious as any other type of accident. They can cause victims to suffer severe injuries, property damage, and other losses.
Injuries and damages that may occur in hit and run accidents include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder
- Amputations or paralysis
- Internal bleeding or soft tissue damage
- Organ damage
- Broken bones
- Fractures, lacerations, and bruising
- Lost income and lost time from work
- Vehicle and property damage
You may be able to seek compensation for these and other losses by filing a claim with your insurance company, or the responsible party’s insurance company if they are located. A Dayton hit and run accident lawyer from the Fitch Law Firm can help you determine which categories of damages you may have grounds to seek compensation for and how to pursue them when we represent you.
Why People Flee Hit and Run Accident Scenes
Even though drivers are obligated to stop after causing an accident, the at-fault party who caused the accident may flee for several reasons, including the following:
- Illegal vehicle operation: someone operating a vehicle illegally or without insurance coverage may flee the scene of an accident out of fear of the consequences and the costs of liability.
- Negligent driving: driving while intoxicated, texting, or distracted driving can lead to financial liabilities on the part of the at-fault driver, as well as additional penalties such as fines or prison time depending on the type and extent of damage caused. This is particularly true for serious accidents that cause extensive damage or a fatality.
- Natural reaction: a driver may flee an accident scene as a natural reaction or out of fear or confusion.
- Prior convictions or suspensions: if a driver was operating a vehicle with a suspended license or while on probation and caused an accident, he or she may flee the scene.
There can be other reasons for fleeing the scene of an accident as well. For example, an employee using a company vehicle for personal purposes or an underage driver may flee the scene of an accident rather than risk punishment or complications with their employer, their parents, or the law.
Contact the Fitch Law Firm Today
Hit and run accidents can be difficult to handle, and they can be especially frustrating since you may have very little to go on after your accident occurred. A Dayton hit and run accident lawyer with the Fitch Law Firm can potentially investigate your case, collect evidence, and put together a claim for damages on your behalf. We may also be able to help you in negotiations with your insurance company or file a lawsuit against them if they refuse to compensate you fairly for your injuries.
Keep in mind that, according to Ohio Revised Code Section 2305.10, you generally have two years after an accident occurs to bring forth a personal injury lawsuit. Failure to take legal action within this time frame could result in your lawsuit being dismissed.
Do not hesitate to reach out to the Fitch Law Firm for help by calling (937) 660-4232. A member of our team is standing by to offer you a free consultation on your case.