CAR ACCIDENTS CAN OCCUR ANYWHERE AND WHEN THEY DO THE DAMAGES CAN BE SEVERE.
While Tiffin may only have one airport, a population of less than 20,000, and be best known for the Sandusky River that flows through the city, it is also a city that is located on five state routes, as well as US Route 224. The city also has multiple taxi services, and as the city grows, more people–and more traffic–are moving in. While more people and traffic is great for the economy, it can be dangerous for those who live in Tiffin. Indeed, more traffic is associated with a higher risk of car accident.
And even when traffic levels aren’t high, speeding, distracted, and otherwise negligent drivers can create a hazard on the road. At the law offices of Groth & Associates, our experienced Tiffin, Ohio car accident lawyers can guide you through your options if you’ve been in a crash. We know that you are primarily focused on healing and recovering the money that you deserve for your injuries – so are we. Call us today to learn how we can help.
RECOVERING COMPENSATION AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT
After a car accident in Tiffin, recovering compensation is no doubt something that you are very concerned with. This is likely especially true if you have suffered serious losses, such as serious injuries, property damages, lost wages, etc.
Determining who will pay for damages after a crash is based on fault; at-fault drivers are liable for the damages that they cause. Typically, the car insurance company of the at-fault driver will be the party responsible for settling a victim’s claim. In some cases, the not-at-fault driver’s insurance company may also contribute, depending upon that driver’s policy (i.e. underinsured motorist insurance, collision coverage, etc.).
In order to recover the amount of compensation that you really deserve after a crash, you will need to prove that: the crash would not have occurred but for the negligence of the other driver, and the extent of damages you have suffered.
NEGLIGENT DRIVER ACTIONS THAT LEAD TO CRASHES
Negligence is the failure to act with a reasonable degree of care, and it is the basis for the majority of car accident claims. Every driver on the road owes others a duty on the road; this duty is to operate their vehicle in a safe and responsible manner. When this duty is breached, accidents occur. Negligent driver actions that could cause a Tiffin collision include:
- Texting while driving;
- Using a cellphone or other handheld device;
- Driving while distracted;
- Fatigued driving;
- Impaired driving or driving under the influence of alcohol;
- Failing to yield;
- Driving aggressively; and
- Any acts that violate the law or traffic ordinances.
In order to prove that the driver in question was indeed negligent, you will need to gather evidence to build your case. Evidence that may prove helpful includes photographs, witness statements, police reports, physical evidence (such as vehicle damage), skid marks, and expert testimony.
DAMAGES IN A CAR ACCIDENT CAN BE SERIOUS
Car accidents can range greatly in severity, with minor fender-benders perhaps leaving a victim with a small bruise and sense of shock, to major highway collisions leaving a victim with a spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, or even another fatal injury type.
Just like proving fault, if you are requesting damages, you will have to prove the extent of damages you have suffered. Some damages, such as your medical expenses, may be easier to prove than others – you’ll simply need to submit proof of your medical bills. Some damages, such as the extent and value of your pain and suffering, however, can be very difficult to prove. This is where our legal team comes in.
WILL MY CAR ACCIDENT CLAIM GO TO COURT?
WHILE PERSONAL INJURIES ARE OFTEN REFERRED TO AS ACCIDENTS, THEY ARE OFTEN THE RESULT OF ANOTHER PERSON’S RECKLESS OR NEGLIGENT CONDUCT.
Most car accident cases never go to court, and claims are settled before litigation is ever an issue. Following the appropriate steps after a car accident can help to reduce the chances of a dispute occurring, and therefore reduce the chances of your case going to court.
In short, after an insurance adjuster has investigated your case, you will likely be offered a settlement that reflects what the insurance adjuster thinks your claim is worth. If you do not believe that the settlement is an accurate reflection, you can reject it and negotiate for a higher settlement. Our attorneys highly advise that you do this, as most first settlement offers are lowballed.
Negotiations may go back and forth for a few weeks, or even a few months’ worth of time. If a settlement ultimately cannot be reached due to major disagreements about fault or the value of a claimant’s damages, the claimant has the option of filing a personal injury lawsuit and bringing their case to court. While this is never ideal, as going to court can be a lengthy and expensive process for plaintiffs, our attorneys do have trial experience, and will be prepared to litigate on your behalf if need be.
WHY WORK WITH A CAR ACCIDENT ATTORNEY?
Some of the benefits of working with a car accident attorney–like having someone on your side who can help you to gather evidence–have already been outlined. In addition to a general advocate, your attorney:
- Has resources and connections of their own, such as relationships with accident reconstruction experts, that can be vital to your case.
- Knows the law, and can help you to competently navigate it and protect your rights in doing so.
- Has experience working with and negotiating with insurance adjusters. Your attorney may have even worked with the same insurance adjuster assigned to your case in the past.
- Will understand what your claim is worth, and can review your settlement before you accept it to ensure that don’t walk away with less than you deserve.
- Is a skilled litigator, and will be by your side should your case go to court.
WORDS FROM OUR CLIENTS
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When we first contacted Mr. Groth, he gave us his cell phone number and we were able to directly contact him day or night. His knowledge of the Ohio judicial system was astounding. He handled all aspects of our case himself, never once handing off our case to jr. associates. Stevin had positive relationships with all the judges, district attorneys and court personal that we came in contact with. Stevin’s persuasive arguments on our son’s behalf cleared him of all charges. Because of Stevin’s abilities, our son is able to move forward with his life without the stigma of a criminal record. We could not recommend Stevin Groth more highly.
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