Were you injured in a car that was involved in an accident with a much larger vehicle? As the occupant of a passenger vehicle, you could be entitled to financial recovery from the at-fault driver of the truck, bus, or another large vehicle that collided with your passenger car. That means the at-fault driver could be compelled to pay your medical expenses and compensate you for the pain and suffering caused by your injuries.
In addition to these expenses, you might also be able to collect compensation for the income you lose if your injuries prevent you from doing your job. To be successful, you must meet certain criteria (and may have to comply with Ohio’s statute of limitations).
Our passenger vehicle accident lawyer serving Columbus can help ensure your claim is complete and can help determine the types and amounts of compensation you might be able to receive. Contact Bressman Law immediately.
Collect Compensation After a Vehicle Collision in Columbus
Ohio State Highway Patrol statistics report that 58,231 vehicle accidents led to 2,005 serious injuries and 563 fatalities in 2021. If you were injured in a car accident like any of these, you deserve financial compensation for your injuries. There are also financial consequences for the at-fault driver if a member of your family was injured or killed in a collision with a much larger vehicle.
If another car or a large truck, bus, or delivery van collided with the car in which you were traveling on Broad Street, High Street, or elsewhere in Columbus, you may be entitled to recover the cost of treating your injuries. Your recovery can encompass more than medical bills, however, it can include many other expenses and financial losses you should not have to pay for out of your own pocket.
Our team helps vehicle accident victims in Columbus (or in any of the nearby communities) assign liability to the at-fault driver and collect compensation. Find out how we can help you get financial compensation after a car accident. Call Bressman Law to review your potential claim and possible compensation with us today.
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Passenger Vehicles and Large Truck and Bus Accidents
When passenger cars collide with trucks, buses, and other large commercial vehicles, drivers in the smaller vehicles often suffer more severe injuries.
Additionally, accidents involving passenger vehicles, commercial vehicles, or city-owned transportation can be complex. When an accident involves two passenger vehicles, the injured party can often recover damages with an insurance claim against the at-fault driver. However, truck and bus accidents may involve multiple parties, including the driver’s employer, and their insurance companies.
If your crash involved a larger vehicle, you may be eligible to recover compensation from:
- A truck or bus driver
- Another passenger vehicle driver whose negligence contributed to your crash
- A trucking company
- A commercial bus line
- A government entity
- A defective vehicle or auto parts manufacturer
- The entity in charge of truck or bus maintenance
- The owner/loader of the truck’s cargo
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Get Financial Recovery for Your Passenger Vehicle Accident Injuries
As a passenger car occupant in a dangerous collision, assigning a value to your compensation claim can be complex. Compensation often starts with your medical expenses, but those expenses are only part of the total monetary award you could receive. Your total compensation package could also include:
- Current medical expenses, including emergency transportation and treatment, doctor and hospital fees, and surgeries
- Future medical expenses, including rehabilitation, follow-up care, and nursing services
- Current income loss, including back pay, bonuses, and tips
- Future income loss, including benefits and retirement contributions
- Property damages, including vehicle repair or replacement costs
- Pain and suffering, including chronic pain and loss of sleep
- Physical disfigurement, including scarring or loss of a limb
- Physical disability, including loss of mobility or paralysis
- Mental distress, including post-traumatic stress and anxiety
- Emotional distress, including depression and loss of enjoyment of life
Your claim for financial recovery can have one or more of these factors, or even have factors not listed above. The Columbus passenger vehicle accident lawyer who represents your claim can help you evaluate your expenses and losses.
Ohio Wrongful Death Compensation
If your loved one suffered a fatal passenger vehicle accident injury, you may qualify for awards for their wrongful death. According to Ohio Revised Code Section 2125.02, the deceased’s personal representative (executor) can seek compensation on behalf of the deceased’s estate and surviving spouse, children, parents, or next of kin.
In addition to medical bills and other out-of-pocket expenses, compensation may include:
- The value of the deceased’s household services
- Loss of the deceased’s care, companionship, guidance, and support
- Loss of the deceased’s income, including future inheritance
- Surviving family member’s mental anguish
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We Will Get to the Bottom of What Caused Your Crash
To win compensation, you must prove your accident and resulting injuries occurred because of another party’s negligent actions. We can investigate your crash and determine the cause. Examples of negligence in accidents involving passenger cars, trucks, buses, and commercial vehicles include:
- Driver fatigue
- Distracted driving
- Negligent vehicle maintenance
- Driver inexperience
- Negligent driver hiring practices
- Blown tires, faulty brakes, or other vehicle issues
- Drinking and driving
- Following too closely
- Improperly loaded trucks or trailers
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Find Out How We Fight for Both Your Rights and Compensation
When you are involved in a car accident, the financial impact of the accident should fall onto the shoulders of the at-fault driver. We help you fight for that compensation by filing a personal injury claim against the at-fault driver. Our team will:
- Review the crash report
- Collect evidence from the scene, including physical data, photographs, and videos
- Interview accident witnesses
- Consult with crash reconstruction specialists, medical professionals, economists, and other experts
- Complete insurance forms
- Communicate with the insurance company on your behalf
- Review medical records and obtain an estimate regarding your future medical needs
- Assign a value to your claim
- Negotiate for the maximum settlement available
- Pursue a lawsuit if necessary
Managing partner David Bressman has phenomenal client reviews, is warm, supportive, and helpful, and has been serving personal injury clients for more than 30 years. Our entire team’s goal is to ensure you are not left paying any of the expenses of a car accident you did not cause.
Compile Documents That Support Your Compensation Claim
As the occupant of a passenger vehicle in a car accident, you may be entitled to receive compensation. To support your compensation claim, we might ask for reports and other documents that prove your injuries and the amount of your financial losses—such as:
- Crash reports
- Medical records
- Medical bills
- Employment records
- Salary history
- Pharmacy records
We might be able to request some documents or reports on your behalf or point you toward where to obtain them. These documents will help us create a complete case file and prove the expenses of your injuries. Collecting these documents and other evidence as quickly as possible is important because your compensation claim must meet certain state-mandated time restrictions.
Start Seeking Financial Compensation as Soon as Possible
When you are injured in a passenger vehicle accident, the role of time in your pursuit of financial recovery might not be the first thing on your mind. Your first priorities are sure to be your physical recovery and finding out how to recover from the financial impact of your injuries. You should know, though, that time can play a more important role in your injuries than you might initially think.
In addition to the time it takes to recover from your physical injuries and to get back on your feet, your lawsuit against the at-fault driver also has a time component. In Columbus, Ohio Revised Code Section 2305.10 generally restricts your time to file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit against the at-fault driver to two years from the date of the accident or your loved one’s passing
Avoid missing this deadline or running out of time to file your claim by contacting our team as soon after you are injured as possible.
Start Your Personal Injury Claim Today
If you or someone you love was injured in an accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation from the at-fault driver. Our passenger vehicle accident lawyer serving Columbus can show you how to hold the driver of the at-fault vehicle (or the company that employs them) financially responsible for your injuries, medical bills, income loss, and pain and suffering.
Find out how to do so by contacting the team at Bressman Law. Reach out to one of our representatives and get started on your compensation claim today with a free consultation. We charge nothing upfront or out-of-pocket for our services. When you work with us, you owe nothing unless we win a settlement or verdict in your favor.