Hit & Run Accidents Lawyers in Columbus
Committed to Getting the Justice & Compensation You Deserve
Getting injured in a car accident can put you under tremendous stress. Between dealing with the insurance companies, 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 & Blumenthal, our Columbus hit and run accident attorneys are highly knowledgeable regarding car accident claims. In the event of a hit and run, we can walk you through every step of the claims process.
Why should you consider Rourke & Blumenthal?
- We have recovered more than $300 million for clients in past settlements and lawsuits.
- We were named Best Personal Injury Litigation and Medical Negligence Firm in Columbus by U.S. News.
- Our attorneys have been Martindale-Hubbell® Rated AV Preeminent®.
- Our team has been included in Super Lawyers® list (less than five percent of Ohio attorneys).
What to Do When the Other Driver Leaves the Scene
Whenever you are in a car accident, no matter how minor, you must stay at the scene of an accident until the 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.
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 & 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 hit and run accident 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 150+ years of experience.
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Wonderful firm! We have worked with other attorneys in the past and Mike and Tim blew us away. If you have a brain injury in the State of Ohio, you NEED attorneys who are experienced in TBI cases, not just motor vehicle accidents or other personal injury matters. It makes a huge difference having an attorney who understands the medical, emotional, and financial issues a family suffers after a TBI. They are professional, compassionate, and great communicators. I would recommend this office to anyone.- Suzanne
Attorney Jon Stoudt is the best lawyer I've ever worked with. He did everything he could to help me. From the start, Jon was very responsive and always explained everything in terms I could easily understand. Jon's staff was also kind and responsive. I highly recommend Jon and would use him again in the future. Several months after being done with my case, another lawyer, handling a different part of the case, commented on how well Jon handled my civil suit.- Jillian
From the very beginning and to the very end of a long process, Mr. Rourke and his team were extremely compassionate, knowledgeable and friendly. I found them to be honest and easy to communicate with, day or night, weekday or weekend. Mr. Rourke was always professional but at the same time made you feel important and took as much time that was needed to explain the many steps in this process. Everyone of his team were very respectful and caring of everyone in my family involved in our case. I will have an admiration for Mr. Rourke and his team for the remainder of my life.- Kelly
Jonathan Stoudt gave us excellent counsel during our time with him.- Cathy
Mr Timothy Mahler represented me after a personal injury auto accident. He was professional, knowledgeable, empathetic and experienced. I always felt that he had my best interests as the top priority. I was relieved from the intricate and time-consuming tasks related to the accident, free to focus on healing and recovery. He managed the complicated insurance and settlement to the best outcome. His team always treated me with respect. I would highly recommend Mr Mahler and his team. Thank you.- Cathy B.
I suffered physical injuries and a concussion from an auto accident in December of 2020. The team, from receptionist to attorneys, were nothing less than stellar, professional, kind, and hard working. The accident and aftermath were extremely stressful; but the Rourkes, Michael Senior and Michael Junior, helped me navigate the process while I focused on healing. For me, recovery from the accident was the most important part of the process. While I worked on recovering, Rourke and Blumenthal worked on negotiating a fantastic settlement for me. I will forever be grateful for their help!- Maggie S.
Attys. Mike Rourke, Sr. and Mike Rourke, Jr., helped us understand and settle all the legalities after my husband was hit be a car while riding his bicycle. Their extensive knowledge with injury cases, and their professionalism were ever-present, along with their empathy and understanding of what people experience after injuries that change lives. These attorneys always do what they promise, and in a timely and concise manner.. We would recommend Rourke & Blumenthal for anyone who needs legal services related to an accident or injury.- Stefanie M.
Our family is so grateful to have Rob Miller represent my daughter’s personal injury case. He is extremely knowledgeable about Ohio Law and was very patient with my numerous questions. Rob was always genuinely concerned about my daughter’s recovery and well being first. He is professional, knowledgeable, understanding, patient and we are so pleased with the outcome of the settlement. I would highly recommend Rob Miller to anyone looking for a top personal injury attorney.- Kathy