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Under Fremont and Ohio law, a hit and run accident occurs when two cars collide and one of the cars does not stay around to provide information to the other driver. Under Ohio law, a person has a duty to exchange names, addresses, phone numbers, and insurance information. If the accident happened on a public road, there a call should be made to 911 or directly to the local police department. People also have a duty to wait until the police show up so that they can do an adequate investigation under Ohio law. If you have been hit by another driver who then fled the scene of the crime, speak with a compassionate car accident attorney. A capable Fremont hit and run accident lawyer could devote the time and resources necessary to achieve a positive outcome for you.
There are some aspects of hit-and-run cases that are different than other types of car accidents. In a hit and run situation, there is a possibility that the injured party may not have any identification of the responsible driver. For example, there may not be a license plate number. There may not be a make and model of the car. They may not know know the other driver’s age, gender, or, race. In those situations, to the person should contact the police and have them do their own investigation.
It is nearly impossible to make a claim against a driver that a person cannot identify. Under Ohio law, the person may have uninsured motorist coverage. This means that their insurance company, in effect, would take the place of the at-fault driver. When a person makes an uninsured motorist claim in that situation, the insurance company may make an attempt to deny coverage. That is why it is important to have an experienced Fremont hit and run accident lawyer who could walk the accident victim through the process and make sure they do not say anything or do anything that may impact negatively on their legal rights.
The first thing someone should do after being injured in a hit-and-run accident is to contact the police and get them to the scene as quickly as possible. The second thing they should do is to try to get photos of their property damage. The third thing is to seek immediate medical attention. After seeking immediate medical attention, the fourth thing they should do is to contact an experienced Fremont hit and run attorney who could try to help them maximize their legal rights and try to recover their damages.
In a hit-and-run accident case, Fremont hit and run lawyers could do an independent investigation to try to find witnesses to the accident or videos of the accident. They could work to get a copy of someone’s uninsured motorist policy, look at the definitions, and try to work with the person to file an uninsured motorist claim under their individual policy.
If the person can find the at-fault driver, lawyers may be able to make a claim both for compensatory damages and for punitive damage because of the at-fault driver’s wrongful conduct. This means that, if a person can find the additional driver and the other driver has insurance coverage, is the claim may be worth tremendously more than if the original at-fault driver had stopped for the accident. Individuals who have been injured in hit and run accidents should speak with an attorney to learn more about what steps they should take next.
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