A 62-year-old Akron woman was killed while trying to cross the street in early October. Around 12:52 a.m. on October 5, a silver SUV struck the woman and threw her nearly 80 feet. The victim died at the hospital, while the driver—who was reportedly speeding—fled the scene.
In most situations, vehicle vs. pedestrian accidents can be resolved through insurance and personal injury claims, whether filed by the victim or their estate. Hit-and-run (also known as hit skip) accidents, however, can make the process more challenging.
Ohio hit-and-run laws
In Ohio, leaving the scene of an accident, especially one involving injuries or significant property damage, is a serious offense. Failure to do so can lead to criminal charges and penalties. If the driver is convicted of leaving the scene, this can help bolster a potential personal injury claim.
Uninsured motorist coverage
Uninsured motorist coverage (UM) on your auto insurance policy can protect you when you’re injured in an accident caused by a driver who is either uninsured or, in this case, unidentified.
If you have UM coverage, it can step in to compensate you for your medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages that would typically be covered by the at-fault driver’s insurance. This coverage can be a lifesaver in hit-and-run situations, as it ensures you have a source of compensation even when the responsible party cannot be found.
Reporting your accident
To improve your chances of a successful personal injury claim, take the following steps:
- Contact the police: Report the accident to the police as soon as possible. The police report will serve as essential documentation in your claim.
- Gather evidence: If it’s safe to do so, collect evidence from the accident scene, including photographs, witness statements and any information about the fleeing vehicle.
- Get medical help: Even if your injuries appear minor, it’s important to seek medical attention right away. This not only protects your health, but also establishes a direct link between the accident and your injuries.
- Contact a personal injury attorney: In hit-and-run cases, working with the Law Offices of Tim Misny is important. We can help you navigate the complex legal process, gather evidence, negotiate with your insurance company and maximize your chances of receiving fair compensation. Because you have a limited time in which you may file a claim, call as soon as possible.
A hit-and-run accident can significantly complicate your personal injury claim. Call the Law Offices of Tim Misny today to find out more about your legal options.
Consult an Ohio personal injury attorney today
The Law Offices of Tim Misny can help you with your personal injury claim. If you or a loved one were injured due to someone else’s negligence or recklessness, I’ll Make Them Pay!® Call my office at 800-556-4769 so that I can evaluate your case right away.