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Any type of motor vehicle crash can be a stressful experience, but hit-and-run collisions can be traumatic on multiple fronts for injury victims.
Unfortunately, hit-and-run accidents are on the rise, according to a recent analysis by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. A hit-and-run happens every 43 seconds in the United States, according to the report.
Hit-and-run accidents—also known as hit/skip crashes—contribute to a staggering number of injuries and fatalities in the Cincinnati area and across Ohio each year.
There were more than 45,000 hit-and-run accidents in Ohio in 2017, according to the Ohio Department of Public Safety. The victims were most often pedestrians and bicyclists.
Fleeing the scene of an accident is a criminal offense in Ohio. Penalties include but are not limited to steep fines and a driver’s license suspension. While a hit-and-run is generally a misdemeanor in Ohio, in 2018 the state Legislature passed a new bill stipulating that drivers who intentionally flee the scene of a hit/skip accident in which serious injuries or fatalities result will face felony charges.
Hit-and-run victims often feel alone to cope with the devastating effects of these crashes. If the at-fault driver can’t be found, victims are forced to turn to their own insurance companies for help with medical expenses and other damages, and insurance company settlement offers are rarely adequate for injury victims’ long-term needs.
However, if you were hurt in a hit-and-run collision there are still steps you can take to protect your ability to pursue compensation:
Personal injury lawyers are dedicated to helping individuals who have suffered injuries due to negligence, such as hit-and-run accidents. There are a variety of ways in which having an attorney on your side after a hit/skip accident can be beneficial:
If you were injured in a hit-and-run accident in Ohio, Kentucky or Indiana, it’s time to discuss your case with an experienced personal injury lawyer. The Cincinnati attorneys at Young, Reverman & Mazzei have extensive experience in car accident claims, including those related to hit-and-runs, and we have the resources and courtroom expertise to take your case to trial when settlement offers are too low.
Call us today at 800-721-1678 or contact us online. We offer free consultations to help you understand your legal options, and we work on a contingent-fee basis, which means we don’t charge unless we successfully resolve your case.
Young, Reverman & Mazzei welcomes clients from the greater Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio, areas as well as Campbell County, Kenton County, and Boone County in Kentucky, and Dearborn County in Indiana. Please see our locations page for a complete list of our offices and directions.
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