Car Accident Lawyer Near Me
More than 2.3 million people are injured and nearly 40,000 lose their lives in traffic accidents each year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. When accidents cause significant injury and damages or when fault is disputed, victims will want to seek an attorney for help pursuing a claim.
Was the other party negligent?
One of the foundational elements of a car accident claim is negligence. In accident liability cases, negligence refers to some type of action or inaction that breaches the driver’s legal duty of care. Drivers have a legal duty to other road users to operate their vehicles in a safe manner. Failing to do so could make them legally accountable for any harm they cause.
In order to file a claim against the other party and receive financial compensation for your losses, your lawyer will have to be able to show that the other driver acted negligently or carelessly in some way and that his or her actions contributed to the accident and caused injuries.
Below are a few examples of negligence.
- Driving while intoxicated
- Failing to yield right of way
- Texting while driving
- Driving while distracted
Steps to Take After the Accident
After tending to your immediate medical needs, find a local attorney who specifically handles car accident cases. In Hilliard, call attorney David Bressman.
After you’ve spoken with your attorney, you’ll also want to start an accident file for collecting all pertinent information about your case. Some of the items to gather and share with your lawyer are listed below.
- The accident report
- Eyewitnesses’ contact info
- Medical records and bills
- Doctor notes and prognoses
- Proof of lost income
- Photos and video of the accident scene and damage, if available
- Injury journal (document the progression of the injury, treatments and pain levels on a daily basis)
You also likely will be asked to provide a statement to insurance companies. Before you do so, speak to your lawyer. You are only required to give the insurance companies basic information; saying too much could wind up hurting your claim. Your attorney will be able to brief you on your rights and responsibilities and how to avoid inadvertently wrecking your chances for compensation.
A lawyer will advise you on what additional steps you’ll need to take during the claims process, how much your claim is worth and when to expect closure for your case.
What to Look for in a Car Accident Lawyer
When you search for a reputable lawyer in your area, you can begin by asking family and friends for injury attorney referrals. You also can check the Ohio Bar Association and the American Society of Legal Advocates directories for listings.
You then can call prospects to schedule initial interviews. When speaking to each attorney, explain the basics of your case, get helpful input and ask the attorney questions about his or her background, strategies, and success record. You will want to settle on a lawyer who you believe has the following qualities.
- He or she is qualified. (Solid education and work history)
- He or she has a successful track record.
- He or she knows how to settle cases both in an out of the courtroom.
- He or she has the passion and time to fight diligently for your case.
- He or she is trustworthy, has good testimonials and has rapport with you.
If you’re in need of counsel in Hilliard, contact David Bressman today for a free consultation at 877-538-1116.