Ohio residents who have lost someone in a fatal accident may be aware that it is possible to hold the negligent driver who caused the accident criminally and civilly liable. Criminal liability means criminal charges and possible jail time whereas civil liability could mean financial compensation for the family members. Though nothing can replace the loss they have suffered, compensation could help grieving family members with financial costs associated with losing a loved one-funeral expenses, loss of income, pain and suffering and loss of consortium. But what happens when the accident is a hit and run one, as mentioned in last week's blog post-how can a missing driver be held responsible for their negligent behavior?
Unfortunately, hit and run accidents are on the rise according to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration-it is estimated that one of every five fatal accidents is a result of a hit-and-run crash. Many people believe that this is the end of the incident-there is no way to find the driver and therefore no liability. This is not the case-lawyers at our firm are skilled in creating a strategy for this specific instance.
When initial liability is unclear, lawyers at our firm remain committed to providing victims the justice they deserve. By conducting a thorough investigation into the incident, from tracking down license plate numbers to driver descriptions from witnesses and security cameras, lawyers at our firm use all their resources to track down the driver at fault.
We understand the importance of closure in the grieving process and do our best to help our clients obtain it. For more on hit-and-run accidents, visit our page.