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What Should I Do In a Hit & Run Accident?

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What Should I Do In a Hit & Run Accident?

February 07, 2024
By Lafferty Gallagher Scott

Getting involved in an auto accident is an unnerving experience, more so when it’s a hit-and-run incident. The fear and confusion that follow can be overwhelming, making it difficult to think clearly about the next steps. This is why our attorneys at Lafferty, Gallagher & Scott, LLC, believe in empowering you with the necessary knowledge to navigate such situations effectively. Contact us for a consultation where you can receive advice specific to your case.

Understanding Hit-and-Run Accidents

A hit-and-run accident occurs when a driver involved in a collision with another vehicle, pedestrian or property, flees the scene without stopping to identify themselves or help the injured. The laws and insurance requirements in Ohio are explicit about the steps a driver should take following an accident. Knowing these steps can make a significant difference in how your case unfolds.

Steps to Follow After a Hit-and-Run Accident

Prioritize Health and Safety

The well-being of you, your passengers, and other involved parties should always be your primary concern. Take immediate action by ensuring that any injuries are addressed promptly. Call emergency services right away to ensure prompt medical attention and to inform law enforcement about the incident. This not only helps in providing necessary care but also aids in documenting the accident for insurance purposes and assists in locating the fleeing driver, if applicable.  In Ohio, an independent report, such as a police report, of a “phantom” hit-and-run driver is critical in successfully proving your claim.

Document the Incident

In order to strengthen your claim, it is crucial to gather as much information as possible about the accident. Take the time to carefully note down details about the other car and driver if you can recall any. Record the sequence of events leading up to and following the accident. Capture photographs of the accident scene, the surrounding area, and your vehicle from different angles. This comprehensive documentation will serve as crucial evidence to support your claim.

Seek Eyewitness Accounts

If there were any witnesses to the accident in the vicinity, it is important to obtain their accounts of what transpired. Eyewitness testimonies can provide invaluable details about the incident and the fleeing vehicle, which can greatly aid in the investigation. Make sure to collect their contact information and share it with the police, as their statements may play a key role in determining liability.

Contact Your Insurance Company

After attending to the immediate emergencies and gathering necessary information, it is essential to promptly inform your auto insurer about the incident. Provide them with all the gathered information, including the details of the accident, documentation, and eyewitness accounts. Follow their guidance on filing a claim and cooperate fully throughout the process to ensure a smooth and efficient resolution.

Call An Attorney Today

The aftermath of a hit-and-run accident can be daunting. However, understanding your rights and responsibilities can help ensure a fair resolution. It’s crucial to consult an experienced attorney who can guide you through the complex legal process, helping you secure the compensation you deserve.

A hit-and-run accident can put you in challenging circumstances. Our attorneys at  Lafferty, Gallagher & Scott, LLC, strive to provide the best possible legal representation to help you secure the compensation you need and deserve. Don’t let the fear of paying for a personal injury lawyer stop you from seeking the help you need. Contact us to request a free consultation. We are your bridge through these difficult times.

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