Ohioans are prohibited from texting while driving, as illustrated under Ohio Revised Code Section 4511.204. If you or a loved one suffered injuries because of a motorist who was texting while driving, you have financial recovery options. A Dublin, OH, texting while driving accident lawyer can gather evidence, establish negligence, and work to recover the cost of your collision-related expenses.
For over 30 years, Bressman Law has helped injured claimants recover compensation for their out-of-pocket expenses. Our legal team provides an array of legal services geared toward resolving your case. Call Bressman Law today for a free consultation.
A Lawyer Can Help After an Accident in Dublin, OH
Being involved in a texting while driving accident may throw your life into a state of uncertainty. Our team can use our personal injury experience to help you navigate the claims process following a collision.
Some of the ways that Bressman Law can help you after a car accident include:
Consulting with Your Healthcare Team
After being involved in a texting while driving accident, you may be dealing with serious injuries.
Following your accident, you should consider:
- Being evaluated by a doctor if you did not receive emergency treatment at the time of your accident
- Getting copies of your medical treatment records
- Collecting documentation of the medical care you receive, as well as the cost of your treatment
- Monitoring the symptoms of your injury
- Following your doctor’s orders so as not to worsen your injury or jeopardize your claim
To recover compensation, our lawyers will need to establish how your injuries have affected your quality of life. They may consult with your health care team regarding your condition to learn more about your impairments. This information will help them present your case to the liable insurance company and understand the severity of your condition.
Protecting Your Rights
Our lawyers will protect your legal rights during their time as your representative. The driver who caused your accident may have violated your right to safety. Your lawyer will aim to protect your rights from any additional harm.
Potential violators of your rights may include:
- The liable insurance company
- The driver who caused your accident
- The other party’s legal counsel
There may be numerous motivations for one or more parties to violate your rights. Our lawyers will stand between you and any parties that threaten your right to fair compensation.
Dealing with the Insurance Companies
An insurance claim may be one way for you to receive compensation after a collision. Unfortunately, the liable insurance company may not treat you or your injured loved one fairly. They could employ a variety of bad faith insurance practices that impede your right to financial recovery.
To resolve your case through an insurance settlement, our lawyers will:
- Conduct communications with insurance company representatives
- Determine the cost of your collision-related losses
- Fight to get you the most compensation that they can
- Ensure that you are not taken advantage of by insurance company representatives
- Take legal action if necessary
Our Dublin, OH, texting while driving accident lawyer will determine an appropriate course of action for your personal injury case. They will also handle your insurance claim or lawsuit until your case is resolved. If you suffered injuries in a Dublin, OH, car accident, call Bressman Law today.
For a free legal consultation with a texting while driving accident attorney in Dublin, call (614) 538-1116
Texting While Driving Is Highly Risky
Ohio law leaves no room for interpretation: it is illegal to text while driving in Dublin, OH, and throughout the rest of the state. If the other party in your accident was issued a citation or charged with reckless driving, this information can supplement your case. Your lawyer may be able to subpoena the other driver’s phone records to prove that they were texting at the time of your accident.
The Ohio Department of Public Safety explains that texting is an especially dangerous form of distracted driving because it requires a driver to:
- Take a hand off the steering wheel
- Take their eyes from the road
- Focus their cognitive abilities on texting rather than driving
Additionally, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 3,142 people lost their lives due to distracted driving-related accidents in 2020. More locally, the Ohio State Highway Patrol reports that 840 distracted driving-related crashes occurred in Franklin County in 2021. This information shows the great risk associated with texting while driving.
If you have any questions regarding Ohio’s texting while driving laws and how they may pertain to your case, call Bressman Law today. Your first consultation is offered at no cost to you.
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Proving Your Texting and Driving Claim
If you suffered injuries in a texting and driving accident on Interstate 270, Bright Road, Emerald Parkway, or another roadway in Dublin, OH, we can investigate your crash. Our car accident attorneys are familiar with various types of vehicle collisions, including:
- Rear-end collisions
- Head-on collisions
- Side impact or “t-bone” accidents
- Wrong-way accidents
- Drunk driving accidents
- Accidents involving an uninsured/underinsured motorists
- Pedestrian accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Truck and bus accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Single-vehicle collisions
- Rollover accidents
To win compensation for you, we will need to prove that the driver who caused your injuries was texting and driving, which led to negligence behind the wheel. When drivers fail to pay attention to their surroundings, they may speed, tailgate, fail to stop, run a red light, or engage in other reckless driving behaviors. We will work to gather evidence proving your claims, which may include:
- Surveillance video
- Photographs and data from the accident scene
- Eyewitness testimony
- Police reports
- The opinion of a crash reconstruction expert
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Possible Damages from Dublin, OH, Car Accidents
Each accident that occurs in Dublin, OH, comes with its own set of circumstances. The severity of an accident may depend on the speed of both vehicles, the angle of impact, and the people involved. Each accident also comes with its own set of damages.
Some recoverable damages in your case may include:
- The health care costs related to your injuries, including emergency treatments, doctor visits, and follow up care
- Your vehicle’s damage, including the cost of repairs or its replacement value
- Your lost income and reduced future earning capacity, including benefits, savings, and retirement contributions
- Pain and suffering, including physical, mental, and emotional suffering
- Disability, including loss of limb, loss of mobility, paralysis, or loss of cognitive functioning
- Impaired quality of life, including changes to the way you live, work, and interact with family and friends
We want to ensure that you receive all of the damages owed to you. We will calculate your losses using medical bills, vehicle repair receipts, pay stubs, and other documentation. If needed, we can work with medical experts, vocational experts, and economists to obtain an estimate of your future medical needs and the impact of your injuries on your ability to earn an income.
The amount of compensation you can receive is unique to you and your case. However, according to the Insurance Information Institute (III), the average bodily injury liability claim was around $15,800 in 2018.
Ohio Wrongful Death Cases
If you lost a loved one in a car accident, your compensable damages may be different than those listed above. Your loved one’s personal representative, also called an executor, can file a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the deceased’s estate and surviving family members. Compensation may include awards for:
- Loss of the deceased’s financial support
- Loss of the deceased’s household services
- Loss of your loved one’s care, companionship, society, and guidance
- Loss of inheritance your loved one might have saved had they lived
- Surviving family member’s mental anguish
Our lawyers will review your case and evaluate the cost of your collision-related damages.
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Our Dublin, OH, texting while driving accident lawyers will execute a legal strategy to recover compensation for your expenses. Keep in mind that you typically have two years from the date of your accident or loved one’s passing to file a lawsuit, per Ohio Revised Code Section 2305.10. If your time limit expires, you likely cannot seek awards in court, and it could reduce your chances of a successful insurance settlement.
Call Bressman Law today for more details about how our team can pursue a positive outcome for you. We provide free consultations and can represent you on contingency, meaning we charge nothing up front and do not collect a fee unless we win your case.