A rear-end collision in Columbus can leave you or any passengers in your car with injuries that cause physical and emotional pain and suffering. In addition to the physical trauma, your injuries can also take an overwhelming financial toll on you and on your family.
The at-fault driver should take responsibility for the financial aftermath of the accident they caused. The courts can compel them to pay your medical and other expenses through a personal injury insurance claim or lawsuit.
A Columbus rear-end collisions lawyer can help you understand the steps involved in collecting compensation, including completing insurance paperwork and assigning a value to your claim. Contact the personal injury team at the Fitch Law Firm by calling (614) 545-3930 to start your financial compensation claim today.
File Your Claim for Financial Compensation Without Delay
A rear-end collision is a stressful event that can leave you with physical and emotional trauma. Its impact can be long-lasting and can involve a significant recovery time. While you cope with your injuries, the time you have to prepare, prove, and file your potential lawsuit for financial compensation in Columbus starts ticking away.
According to Ohio Revised Code § 2305.10, you generally have as little as two years from the date of your injuries to file a lawsuit against the at-fault driver. Failure to file your lawsuit within the allotted time could mean you give up the right to ever file suit. That could mean you cover your accident-related costs out of your own pocket.
The members of our personal injury team can explain the state’s deadline, the role it plays in filing your claim, and ensure you fully comply with it. Call (614) 545-3930 to reach a member of our personal injury team at the Fitch Law Firm as soon after your injuries occur as possible.
Recoup the Many Costs of a Rear-End Collision
The expenses of a rear-end collision start piling up from the moment of impact and can continue until you fully recover. Depending on the extent and severity of your injuries, your expenses can include:
- Ambulance fees
- Emergency room care
- Hospital stays
- Surgical procedures
- Assistive medical devices
- Prescription medications
- Follow-up medical care
- Current and future lost income
- Pain and suffering
- Mental and emotional distress
A personal injury claim can help you recoup these costs from the driver who caused the rear-end collision that led to your injuries. Calculating future expenses like medical care and income loss can be challenging to do on your own. A Columbus rear-end collisions lawyer can help you calculate these expenses and assign an accurate value to your claim for compensation.
Compile the Documents That Prove Your Claim
The lawyer who represents your claim might request certain documents, records, bills, and other paperwork that relates to your injuries. In some cases, your lawyer might be able to obtain the necessary documents or tell you how to obtain them.
The crash report will contain valuable information your lawyer can use to bolster and support your claim, including investigation notes and accident-scene diagrams. Compensation-related documents you lawyer might request include:
- Medical records
- Medical bills
- Witness statements
- Vehicle repair estimates
- Employment records
The lawyer representing you may request any or all of these documents along with insurance forms and paperwork. Obtain copies of these and any other relevant documents for your personal files and copies for your lawyer.
The Danger of Rear-End Collisions
Being involved in a rear-end collision can leave you with injuries that range from whiplash to seat belt burns to broken limbs. Rear-ends collisions can also lead to loss of life for many passenger car occupants. From a report presented by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the following rear-end collisions ended in the death of passenger car occupants in 2018:
- 834 passenger car occupants
- 173 pickup truck occupants
- 286 SUV occupants
If you or someone you love suffered injuries when another vehicle ran into the back of your car, you could be entitled to a monetary award from the at-fault driver. You might also be entitled to a financial award if a loved one died in a rear-end collision. Our personal injury team can help you fight for the financial compensation you deserve.
We Can Help You Negotiate an Insurance Settlement
Like most personal injury lawsuits, yours is likely to end with an insurance settlement rather than being tried in a courtroom. That means the at-fault driver or their insurance company may offer you a settlement—a specific amount of money—to conclude your personal injury case.
Avoid accepting the first settlement amount offered by the insurance company. Your lawyer can help by valuing your insurance settlement, including current and future financial losses.
You should also know that when you accept a settlement offer, it is final, and you cannot pursue the at-fault driver for additional money. Our team will advise you on any monetary offer you receive. However, the decision to accept or decline a settlement offer is always yours to make. We work hard to assign an accurate value to your claim and ensure your accident-related expenses are covered.
Get Financial Compensation From the At-Fault Driver
A rear-end collision can leave you with severe injuries and a growing stack of medical bills and other accident-related costs. A rear-end collision can create financial hardships from lost income to pain and suffering. These are expenses that should be covered by the at-fault driver.
A personal injury lawsuit could compel the at-fault driver and their insurance provider to cover the costs of the rear-end collision. Find out how a Columbus rear-end collisions lawyer can help you fight for the financial compensation you deserve. Contact the client care team at the Fitch Law Firm by calling (614) 545-3930 today.