SKILLED CAR ACCIDENT LAWYER IN MARION
IF YOU HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN A CAR ACCIDENT, YOU MIGHT HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR RIGHTS.
Car accidents are a fact of life in Marion, as they are in the rest of the state. Wrecked vehicles are pulled over to the side of the road, waiting for a tow truck as debris litters the rest of the road. Many drivers and their passengers suffer serious physical injuries in these accidents and cannot return to work or their daily activities.
If you have been involved in a car accident, you might have questions about your rights. Car insurance companies sometimes offer conflicting or vague information, and paperwork can feel overwhelming. Meet with an attorney who can simplify the process and fight for compensation for your injuries.
Types of Car Accident Cases We Handle
We have extensive experience dealing with all types of car accidents, including:
- Head-on collisions. Two vehicles that collide head-to-head can cause devastating injuries. Head-on collisions often happen when a drunk or tired driver drifts into oncoming traffic. They also occur when confused motorists go down one-way highways.
- Rear-end collisions. Too many cars tailgate, meaning they ride right up on the rear fender of the car in front of them. When the car in front stops, the tailgating car slams right into the rear end.
- Sideswipes. To vehicles parallel to each other might collide. This often happens on a highway when one vehicle is trying to pass another but is in a blind spot.
- Side impact collisions. These accidents are also called T-bone accidents because the front of one vehicle crashes into the side of another, forming a “T.” Side-impact collisions can cause serious injuries to passengers on the side of the vehicle hit.
- Rollovers. A car can roll over after striking another vehicle or because of a defect in the vehicle. Rollovers are deadly, especially if a passenger is not wearing a seat belt.
Regardless of the type of crash, make sure that those injured receive prompt medical attention. You should also call the police out to the scene of the accident so that an officer can file a police report, which could prove critical for your case.
Car Accident Injuries
SERIOUS INJURIES CAN CAUSE THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN MEDICAL TREATMENT.
Car accident injuries can range from minor cuts and nicks to serious, life-threatening injuries. According to the Ohio State Patrol, each year the state sees around 900-1,000 fatal crashes. The number of serious and fatal accidents only seems to be rising. We meet with clients who have been laid up at home or the hospital and unable to work because of:
- Broken bones, including fractured ribs that can make it hard to breathe and move
- Soft-tissue injuries, particularly in the back, which can lead to pain and temporary disability
- Nerve damage, which might be permanent
- Head injuries, including damage to the eyes, mouth, and ears
- Joint injuries in the jaw, elbow, and knee
- Burns, including third-degree burns that can lead to amputations
- Concussions and other traumatic brain injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Spinal cord injuries
Serious injuries like these can cause thousands of dollars in medical treatment. If you need surgery to repair a broken bone or to address back problems, then the costs are much higher.
Compensation for a Car Accident
Ohio is a “fault” state. This means that the motorist who is to blame for the accident pays out compensation to people injured in the crash. If you were rear-ended while waiting at a red light, then you can bring a claim for compensation against the driver who hit you.
Compensation can cover:
- The costs of your medical care. You might need surgery, physical therapy, prescription drugs, tests, x-rays, doctor visits, and devices like crutches or a wheelchair.
- Lost income, if you couldn’t work because of the car accident.
- Damage to your property, including your car. Many vehicles are totaled, but you can receive compensation even for repairs.
- Pain and suffering. This umbrella term covers the intangible suffering that physical injuries cause.
- Emotional distress. Suffering a devastating accident can take an emotional toll, including causing PTSD.
- Loss of consortium. A devastating accident can change your marriage for the worse. The spouse of an injured victim can receive compensation for the changes to the relationship, such as the loss of affection or the inability to be intimate.
There is no “average” car accident settlement. Every case is different, and pain and suffering damages can differ markedly depending on the facts. Generally, the more serious your injuries, the more compensation you can receive. However, someone with serious facial disfigurement might also receive considerable compensation to make up for embarrassment and emotional distress.
The fact that you were injured in an accident isn’t usually enough to make a claim for compensation against a driver. Instead, you need to show how this driver was somehow at fault for the collision.
Fault can take many forms, but drivers are usually negligent or reckless. For example, a driver might:
- Run a red light
- Fail to yield
- Exceed the speed limit
- Follow too closely
- Pass illegally
- Drive while texting
- Drive while tired
- Neglect to use the mirrors or look over the shoulder when backing up
- Driving while high or intoxicated
When a driver has not been sufficiently careful, they are responsible for the injuries they cause, and their insurer should cover your economic and non-economic losses.
Sometimes, accident victims contribute to their injuries. For example, you might have been hit in an intersection but not have used your turn signal. In this situation, your own actions have contributed to your accident.
Under ORC 2315.33, you can still receive compensation if you were up to 50% responsible for your injuries, but you cannot be more responsible than all the defendants.
If you share fault for the crash, then the amount of compensation you can receive gets reduced by your proportion of fault. For example, you might have suffered injuries worth $100,000—but you were 50% responsible for the accident. In this example, the most you can receive is $50,000. If you were 30% responsible, then you could at most receive $70,000.
Speak with a Car Accident Lawyer in Marion, OH Today
Car accidents leave our clients in considerable pain, but there is hope for the future.
At Groth & Associates, we have obtained favorable settlements for countless clients injured in car accidents. We have also filed lawsuits in court when insurance companies unfairly refuse to pay fair compensation.
For help with your case, reach out to us today. We offer a free consultation to those who request one.