If you’ve been injured or have lost a loved one in a car accident, you probably have more important things than money on your mind. But any vehicle can be extremely financially costly to your family, and taking legal action can ease that burden and help you focus on getting better.
An experienced car accident lawyer can help if you have lost a loved one or been injured in an accident as the result of another driver’s negligence. Let the Ohio car accident professionals at the Fitch Law Firm help ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. We understand how important it is for you and your family to get back on your feet after a serious car, truck or motorcycle accident.
Call 855-LAW-OHIO today to find out if we can help you.
You May Be Entitled To Compensation
Filing a legal claim after your accident may not be something you have immediately considered. You may even be thinking it’s only an additional and unnecessary hassle – something you can easily go on without. But the aftermath of an accident can put you in a difficult situation emotionally and financially. Pursuing a claim may result in monetary compensation (or “damages”) which can greatly help ease the burden.
Some of the damages you may be able to claim for your injuries include:
- Medical bills
- Therapy or long-term care expenses
- Lost wages
- Lost ability to earn
- Pain and suffering
In the case of the wrongful death of a loved one, you may be entitled to more damages such as:
- Loss of companionship
- Mental anguish
- Loss of guidance and nurturing
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Loss of benefits
More than the monetary value of compensation, the justice you can achieve through your claim can give you back your peace of mind following your accident.
If you are still reluctant or if you still have questions about your case, you may discuss it with an attorney who is sympathetic to your situation. The Fitch Law Firm can provide you with a free, no obligation and 100% initial confidential consultation. You don’t have to worry about hourly lawyer fees when you choose us to represent you – you won’t have to pay us until we get money for you.
Talk to us about your accident. Call 855-LAW-OHIO today.
What To Do After Your Accident
An accident can leave you disoriented, anxious, and even panicked, but that is the time when being calm and sensible is all the more important. There are things you can do – and need to do – after the accident to help improve your situation. These things can give you better chances of getting compensated or winning your case if you decide to pursue it later on. Here’s what we recommend:
- Get medical attention as soon as possible. Even if your injury looks minor, a doctor can professionally assess the full extent of the injury, preventing potentially bigger problems from arising in the future. In addition, medical statements can support your claim for compensation.
- Obtain as much information as possible about the vehicles involved, as well as the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and insurance information of the drivers.
- Request the names, addresses, and phone numbers of any witnesses.
- File an accident report. Having a police report about your accident can support your injury claim later on.
- Notify your insurance company about the accident.
- Document the scene as well as you can. Take photographs of all vehicles involved, any injuries suffered, and the accident location. Also take pictures of the possible contributing factors to the accident, such as beer bottles lying around or traffic signs obscured by tree branches.
- Exercise caution when speaking about the accident, especially when an insurance adjuster talks to you. Even a simple “I’m okay” can be used to discount your injuries. It’s better to say very little than to have your words used against your claim later on. You may politely decline answering questions by saying you need to talk to your lawyer first.
- Promptly contact an experienced car and motorcycle accident attorney to see what your legal rights are and to provide the representation you need.
Facing The Insurance Company
You may be thinking that if you are only making an insurance claim and have no intention of going to court, you don’t need an accident lawyer. Some people indeed negotiate with insurance companies by themselves – but sadly, these accident victims often end up receiving much less than they deserve. There many reasons you should let a lawyer represent you instead of just going it alone.
An attorney understands the full extent of your rights and thus can comprehensively assess what your case is truly worth. In a car, truck or motorcycle crash, for example, there are various aspects that can only leave you with questions: Was it partly my fault? Can I claim compensation for this injury? How does my pre-existing condition play into my compensation? Should insurance cover this? What about my pain and suffering? Your lawyer can answer these are many more questions for you.
More than that, your lawyer can fight for you to obtain the compensation you truly deserve, and this takes more than plain and simple negotiation. Insurance companies are known to employ delay, deny and defend tactics that weaken an accident victim’s claim. An experienced attorney knows the insider workings of insurance negotiations and how to protect you from unfair insurance practices during the course of your claim.
The fight for your maximum compensation also requires thorough investigation, strategic building of your case, and fearless representation even in the face of large insurers. The Fitch Law Firm does all of these competently, backed by three decades of experience in handling accident insurance claims.
Determining Negligence To Win Your Case
One of the most crucial things your attorney should be able to accomplish is determining negligence. This means figuring out who failed to uphold their duties and was therefore responsible for causing the auto accident. Negligence in accidents may be the result of:
- Failure to yield
- Falling asleep at the wheel
- Traveling too fast for conditions
- Driving while impaired or intoxicated
- Distracted driving
- Operating a recalled vehicle
- Poor vehicle maintenance
- Manufacturing defective vehicles
Most of the time, the negligent party is the driver of the car involved in the accident. But negligence may also be traced back to other parties such as car manufacturers. However, if you were partially responsible in the accident as well, Ohio has “modified comparative negligence” rules that reduce the amount you can recover based on how much you were at fault.
It takes a legal know-how to prove negligence, and this is one of the reasons you’ll need an accident attorney. Your lawyer should also be able to protect you from insurance companies who might take advantage of comparative negligence rules to undermine your claim. The Fitch Law Firm is highly experienced in establishing negligence, protecting clients from unjust insurance practices, and ensuring that clients like you are fairly compensated.
Taking On Tough Cases
Car crashes may be common, but each case involves numerous factors that can make it complicated.
The type of car crash is one of the factors affecting the severity of an accident, and it tells a lot about how the car accident happened in the first place.
These are some common types of car crashes:
- Rear-end collisions – When the vehicle behind yours hits the back part of your car.
- Head-on collisions – The front part of a vehicle crashes into the front part of your car.
- Rollovers – Common among SUVs and taller cars, this is when your vehicle tips to its side and rolls.
- Side-impact collisions (also called a broadside impact or a T-bone) – This occurs when the side of your car is hit by another vehicle or object.
- Single-car accidents – If your car is the only vehicle involved, note that it may not necessarily be all your fault.
- Multi-vehicle pileups – This type of wreck involves three or more vehicles and leads to more injuries.
Common truck accidents include:
- Jackknifes – Where the tractor and trailer are both moving in the same direction, fold toward each other resulting in the tractor facing one way, the trailer facing another.
- Truck read-ends – Where a car is rear ended by a truck at a red light, stop sign or due to slowed down traffic ahead
- Intersection collisions – Often involve right-of-way violations, or certain kinds of turns obstructing the path of regular cars
- Sideswipes – The result of blind spots, more commonly on the right had side.
- Rollovers – A trucks high center of gravity and cargo shifting can increase their risk of a rollover.
Meanwhile, these are some of the top types of motorcycle accidents:
- Intersection crashes or turning collisions – This usually happens when a vehicle makes a turn but fails to account for your motorcycle at the corner.
- Gravel patch wipeout – An unexpected patch of gravel or debris on the path causes your motorcycle to crash.
- Lane change accident – Drivers of larger vehicles sometimes do not notice motorcycles when veering into another lane.
- Fender bender – When a motorcycle gets hit from behind, it may not be a simple rear-ending – it could actually kill the motorcyclist.
The severity of injuries sustained by the victim is also a huge factor in how the case proceeds. Serious accident injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Neck or spinal injury
- Internal organ damage
- Joint injury
- Facial injury
- Psychological injury
In cases that involve complicated accident types and injuries, extensive legal skills and experience are necessary to win. Moreover, a difficult case needs a lawyer who is dedicated and aggressive in service – someone who works hard for the success of the client.
No matter how messy or tough your accident may seem, you can call on the Fitch Law Firm for the legal service you need. Our firm has over 30 years of experience in accidents like yours, and we are ready to commit this solid background to win your case.
Ohio Car And Motorcycle Accident Statistics
Odds are every American will be in a car or motorcycle accident at least once during their lifetime. Most will be minor fender-benders. However, others are much more serious head-on or rollover accidents. Experts estimate there are more than 6 million car and motorcycle accidents each year. More than 3 million people are injured in those accidents and more than 40,000 people are killed.
Across Ohio, hundreds of thousands of traffic crashes occur each year. According to the Ohio Department of Public Safety, a total of 302,307 motor vehicle crashes took place in the state in 2015 alone. Of these, 226,169 caused injuries while 75,109 were fatal.
Passenger vehicles were the top vehicle types involved in the accidents. This classification includes cars, minivans, SUVs, pickups, and vans. Regarding accidents in 2015, there were 492,890 passenger vehicles involved; 128,062 of these were in injury crashes and 1,275 were in fatal crashes.
Motorcycle crashes, on the other hand, also occurred by the thousands. Some 3,914 motorcycles were involved in accidents in 2015 – 2,935 motorcycle units in injury crashes and 167 motorcycles in fatal crashes.
These statistics are quite alarming as they show how commonplace it is for people to get seriously hurt or killed in a motor vehicle crash. No matter how common, each incident can be devastating to the individuals and families involved.
If you are one of those who have suffered from an Ohio auto accident, you deserve a lawyer who will not treat your case as just another number, but instead provide full commitment to your case. This is the kind of legal service you will get with the Fitch Law Firm.
Quick FAQs On Motor Vehicle Accidents
Q: How much money can I receive if I make an injury claim?
A: There is no hard and fast rule as to how much you may be entitled to, because your compensation depends on various factors such as the severity of your injuries, your lost wages (and potential future lost wages/lost earning capacity) and several other factors. For example, the Fitch Law Firm has handled cases where life-altering injuries entitled the victims to several millions of dollars. Rest assured that we will properly assess your case to determine how much it is truly worth.
Q: What if the driver who hit me was uninsured or underinsured?
A: If the at-fault driver in your accident had insufficient insurance or no insurance at all, you have the option to sue him/her. But before that – and before any accident happens in the first place – you may consider purchasing uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage. Under this insurance policy, your own insurer will be the one to pay you in case of accident injuries caused by someone without insurance.
Q: How do I fight for justice for the death of a loved one in an accident?
A: When a person dies because of someone else’s negligence, this may be a wrongful death case. If you are that person’s close surviving relative (e.g. parent, spouse, or child), you may make a claim against the negligent party’s insurance company. You also have the option to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Discuss your case with us to see which legal action would be best for you to take.
Q: The accident happened years ago. Can I still file a lawsuit now?
A: Waste no time if you want to take any legal action. There are laws called “statutes of limitations”, which set time limits for you to bring up a lawsuit. For personal injury cases and wrongful death cases in Ohio, the statute of limitations is generally two years after the injury or death occurred. There are exceptions to this rule. You have to file within this time period; after this time has passed, your attempt to sue may likely be dismissed by the court.
Choosing An Accident Lawyer
In Ohio, you have numerous options when you need a personal injury attorney or a wrongful death lawyer. A simple Google search gives you hundreds of results, and you may even have received referrals from friends. While finding a lawyer is not a problem, choosing one should be an important matter of consideration. You don’t want to spend your time, money, and effort with a lawyer who does not give you the best chance at getting the best result for your case.
Here is a checklist to help you choose the right attorney for your accident case:
- Does the lawyer have many years of personal injury law experience?
- Does the lawyer deal with multiple areas of law or does their practice focus only on personal injury cases such as vehicle accidents?
- Has the lawyer succeeded in handling in accident cases like yours?
- Do previous clients have good things to say about the lawyer or firm?
- Is the lawyer or firm available and approachable when you need to talk to them?
- Does the lawyer charge reasonable fees?
- Do you feel comfortable working with this lawyer or firm?
Experienced Ohio Car Attorney Ready To Help
The Fitch Law Firm provides legal service trusted by many Ohioans for their car, truck, motorcycle, bicycle and pedestrian accident cases.
- Successful and proven background
- 30+ years of experience in personal injury law, particularly car and motorcycle accidents
- Received millions for clients
- Recognized by legal organizations and the media
- No upfront or hourly fees
- You pay no fee unless we win your case.
- Your consultation is free.
- Compassionate and dedicated
- Free call available for you 24/7: (855) LAW-OHIO
- We will travel to you as needed.
At the Fitch Law Firm, we work hard to relate to what our clients are going through after a serious injury or the loss of a loved one. We work closely with them to understand the true impact on their family and to provide the necessary support they need. We will thoroughly investigate the accident, identify the accident cause and who should be held responsible. In so doing, we will pursue a car or motorcycle accident lawsuit to compensate you or your loved ones for their suffering and for your family’s ongoing emotional and financial hardships.
This compassionate commitment to each case comes with our firm’s legal excellence – an excellence recognized not just in the legal community and by various media outlets, but more importantly, by the many clients whose cases we successfully handled.
If you have been injured or if a loved one has been killed in an auto accident, you need a dedicated attorney on your side. The experienced auto and motorcycle accident professionals at the Columbus based Fitch Law Firm have a proven record of helping vehicle accident victims get maximum compensation.
We are here to take your case, fight for your rights, and help you get the justice you deserve. Call 855-LAW-OHIO or fill out our online consultation form to schedule a free consultation and put 30+ years of experience to work for you.