If you suffered injuries in a Marion, Ohio, collision caused by a drunk driver, you may be able to prove their negligence and recover compensation. This will allow you to pay for your medical care, repair your car, and more.
At the Fitch Law Firm LLC, we provide free intial consultations for victims of traffic accidents near our Marion office. We can determine the strength of your case and may be able to help you file an insurance claim or lawsuit to recover money damages.
Marion, Ohio, Drunk Driving Accident Damages
With a strong case against the drunk driver, you can recover compensation for the costs you incurred because of your Marion, OH, crash. These could include:
- Ambulance transportation
- Emergency department evaluation
- Medical treatment and care
- Prescription medications
- Therapy and rehabilitation costs
- Future and ongoing care costs
- Lost wages and other income
- Diminished earning capacity
- Property damages
- Related expenses
- Pain and suffering damages
- Other non-economic losses
We also help families pursue wrongful death damages as allowed under
Ohio Revised Code Ch. 2125. If your loved one died in a traffic accident, we can help you seek damages that include:
- Intangible losses survivors suffered
- Loss of income
- Loss of services
- Funeral and burial costs
- Medical bills
Our team works with each client to help them identify the damages they suffered and document them after a Marion, OH, traffic accident. We put a fair value on their losses and seek compensation that covers those losses on their behalf.
For a free legal consultation with a drunk driving accidents lawyer serving Marion, call 614-545-3930
How the Fitch Law Firm LLC Can Help with Your Ohio Drunk Driving Crash Claim
The Fitch Law Firm LLC handles Marion, Ohio, traffic accident cases. We know what it takes to prove what happened and recover damages for our clients, even when an intoxicated driver caused the crash.
We work to secure compensation for our client’s recoverable damages and have a track record of recovering payouts, including insurance settlements and trial court verdicts. You can learn more by reviewing our recent case results.
When our team represents an injured client, we will:
- Investigate what happened to cause the crash
- Prove negligence based on fault
- Gather evidence to support the insurance claim or lawsuit
- Identify the liable party and build a case against them
- Protects their rights by managing communications and meeting deadlines
- Keep the client up to date about their case’s progress
- Value the expenses and losses the client suffered
We prepare all necessary legal documents, including your insurance claim and/or civil lawsuit. We will also stay up to date on the criminal drunk driving case against the driver who caused your crash. While the outcome of this case has no bearing on your financial recovery, there may be evidence in that case that helps us secure more compensation or otherwise supports your claim.
We are a contingency fee firm. We never charge our clients upfront fees. Instead, we pay for the investigation and filing of your claim and then get our fees from the settlement or trial award we secure for you. We only get paid if we prevail in your case.
Marion Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer Near Me 614-545-3930
Liability in Ohio Drunk Driving Traffic Accident Cases
Proving liability in a drunk driving crash is not much different from determining fault in other types of traffic accidents. We need to investigate what happened and prove negligence occurred:
- The driver had a duty to follow a specific traffic law
- They did not do so
- This led to a collision
- You suffered physical and financial harm as a result
Under Ohio Revised Code Section 4511.19, it is illegal in Ohio to operate a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Those guilty of this offense, OVI (operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs), could face serious consequences. This statute outlines the strict rules for criminal prosecution or juvenile court proceedings. However, this affects the civil case against the drunk driver very little.
It is not necessary to prove a driver was drunk to recover compensation in a civil case. In fact, showing they were guilty of an OVI may not be enough to recover damages in an insurance claim or lawsuit. Instead, we must identify the action that led directly to the crash.
For example, we must show that the driver was drunk and, therefore, they failed to maintain their lane. They crossed the centerline and collided with you. Our team knows how to conduct these investigations and prove what happened. We may:
- Complete a survey of the accident scene
- Work with accident reconstruction experts
- Interview eyewitnesses
- Review video of the crash
- Gather other evidence
- Call in experts to prove your case and document your injuries
Act Today Before There is no Time Left to Sue the Drunk Driver
There are time limits for filing a car accident lawsuit in Marion County, Ohio. Under Ohio Revised Code Section 2305.10, you generally have up to two years to sue the drunk driver. However, we will pursue an out-of-court settlement before we decide if a lawsuit may be necessary.
We like to get started on these cases as soon as we learn about them. This gives us time to gather evidence and build strong support for the client’s insurance claim. We can often secure a financial recovery for them without suing the at-fault party or taking the case to court.
If we can secure a fair settlement, this may be a less stressful, cheaper, and faster option than going to trial.
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You can speak with a team member from the Fitch Law Firm LLC for free today. We will review your case and assess your legal options during this conversation. We can also answer your questions and explain how our experience and resources benefit you when we represent you in your claim or suit.
Call (740) 212-1686 to get started now.