Columbus Hit & Run Accidents Lawyer
Experienced Columbus Personal Injury Attorneys
Getting into a
car accident can put you under tremendous stress. Between dealing with the insurance
company, law enforcement, and other involved drivers, it can be difficult
to know what you are supposed to do. Worse still, what happens if the
other driver flees the scene before you can collect any identifying information?
This is known as a hit and run accident and if it happens to you, collecting
compensation for your damages can be tricky. At Rourke and Blumenthal, our
Columbus personal injury attorneys are highly knowledgeable regarding car accident claims. In the event of
a hit & run, we can walk you through every step of the claims process.
Why should you consider our car accident attorneys?
- Millions of dollars recovered for clients in past settlements and lawsuits
- Named Best Personal Injury Litigation & Medical Malpractice Firm in
Columbus by U.S. News
- Top Martindale-Hubbell-AV® Rating for ethics and legal skill
Super Lawyers® list (less than 5% of Ohio attorneys)
Tell our attorneys about your accident and learn about your options during a
What to Do When the Other Driver Leaves the Scene
Whenever you are in a car accident, no matter how small, you must stay
at the scene of an accident until police arrive and document the incident.
Failure to do so can result in both civil penalties as well as criminal
charges. The moment a driver leaves the scene of an accident, the methods
available to victims for seeking compensation drastically change. Drivers
who are later apprehended may face additional punitive damages. If a driver
cannot be located, a victim’s only option may be to file an
uninsured motorist claim with their own insurer. What do you do when another driver flees the scene?
Steps to take in the event of a hit and run accident include:
Call the police: Once you have pulled over, call the police and inform them that you have
been involved in a hit and run accident. Law enforcement will arrive and
document the incident. Police reports can be critical in substantiating
the events of a hit and run. Without the other driver, your testimony
and the police report will make up the bulk of evidence in your case.
Gather evidence: Look for and collect any evidence which supports your claim or helps
to locate the fleeing driver. Take pictures of property damage, injuries,
and the surrounding area. Additionally, write down any information you
can remember about how the accident occurred, the other car, and what
the driver looked like. Witness testimony can also be a powerful tool.
See a doctor: Seeking medical care early on can serve at least two important functions.
First, as not all injuries are immediately apparent, you are working to
protect your health. Secondly, documenting injuries early can support
the validity of your personal injury claim and help to communicate the
precise nature of how an accident affected you.
Columbus Hit & Run Accident Attorneys
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident through no fault
of your own, contact Rourke and Blumenthal as soon as possible. The personal
injury claims process can be tremendously complex, and this is especially
true in cases where the at-fault party leaves the scene of the accident.
Insurance companies may be wary of false claims and subject your story
to intense scrutiny. Our personal injury attorneys can work with the insurance
company on your behalf to see that your claim is treated fairly. After
any accident, the last thing you need to worry about is how to navigate
the legal system. Contact our offices today and secure legal advocacy
that is backed by more than 75+ years of experience.
Call (614) 321-3212 and discover if you have a claim.