Car accidents are one of the most common causes of injuries in Upper Arlington. If you’ve been in a car accident in the area, here’s what you need to know about your recovery options. And if you need help filing an insurance claim or lawsuit, get help from Bressman Law – just call us at (614) 538-1116.
Types of Car Accidents
Most car accidents involve two passenger cars. Sometimes, though, a car accident may be more severe if it involves a large semi truck or a bus because these large vehicles can cause more damage and increase the risk of serious injuries.
In addition to the vehicles involved, other things that may affect the severity of a car crash include the manner of vehicle collision. Head-on crashes, high-speed rear-end crashes, rollover accidents and sideswipe accidents can be very dangerous.
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Car Accident Injuries
When a car accident is severe, the injuries sustained are often serious. Minor injuries might include minor fractures, cuts and bruises, and a stiff neck or joints. They still may lead to medical expenses, which injured parties may pursue in a car accident claim.
More severe injuries, on the other hand, can include traumatic brain injuries, severe fractures, spine and back injuries, severe lacerations, facial injuries, burns, and internal injuries. These can lead to extensive and long-term damages that may necessitate taking a case to court if the insurer doesn’t offer a fair settlement.
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Ohio Insurance Laws for Car Accidents
Ohio has an at-fault insurance system. All drivers must carry insurance and are responsible for paying for the accidents they cause. So while an injured driver might be able to file a claim with his or her own insurance with the right type of coverage, the primary means to recover damages is the at-fault party’s insurer. The claimant must prove that the other driver was negligent and caused the accident and injuries and must establish damages.
If unable to recover fair compensation in a liability claim with the other driver, the claimant may pursue a lawsuit.
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Why do I need an attorney after my Upper Arlington accident?
Many people mistakenly assume that if they file a claim with their insurance company or the other driver’s insurance company, they don’t need an attorney. However, having an attorney on your side can be important if you suffered serious injuries or extensive damages.
An insurance company won’t always offer a fair settlement amount up front. In fact, having an attorney who can negotiate a settlement amount for you can be critical in making sure the amount you receive covers your full extent of damages. If you need to file a lawsuit against the other driver, having an attorney on your side is even more important to handle the litigation process.
As you file your insurance claim or lawsuit, you will have to collect evidence and prove that the other driver acted negligently. An attorney can help you investigate the details of the accident, collect evidence, and present your case to the insurance company or to the court.
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Take Action Now – Call Bressman Law if You’re in Upper Arlington
You must file your claim to comply with the state’s statute of limitations. Otherwise, you may not be able to recover damages. The statute of limitations is two years from the time of the accident, per Ohio Revised Code Section 2305.10. So get started right away so the statute of limitations doesn’t expire.
If you were in a car accident in Upper Arlington and suffered injuries, the sooner you take action, the better to preserve evidence. Set up a free consultation today with the attorneys at Bressman Law. You can reach us at (614) 538-1116 or by visiting our contact page and filling out the form on the page.