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What is a hit-and-run accident?

When a car accident occurs on an Akron road, it is normal for the uninjured parties involved in the crash to find a safe place to get out of their vehicles and to assess the damage that has happened. They will generally exchange pertinent information, such as their contact information, insurance providers and numbers and vehicle information so that they may make claims for the recovery of their losses.

In some cases, however, the victims of a car accident may not get to obtain this oftentimes important data on the responsible driver. This is because the responsible driver did not stop after causing the accident and their identity is unknown. In scenarios such as this, the victims have been involved in a hit-and-run accident because they have been left alone at the scene of their collision.

Hit-and-run accidents are frustrating to victims, but they are also serious legal matters. Hit-and-run drivers can face criminal sanctions for their actions, though any actions taken by prosecutors against such drivers would not preclude victims from seeking their damages from the individual who caused their harm.

When a victim has been involved in a hit-and-run accident, they may not know what to do to protect their legal rights. They may worry that without the identity of the guilty party that their claims will go forever unanswered. Although the facts and circumstances of all cases are different, victims of hit-and-run car accidents are not without rights. After they have attended to their injuries and documented their losses, they should consider discussing their cases with personal injury attorneys who understand the intricacies of hit-and-run litigation.

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