Were You Injured In A Motor Vehicle Accident?
Leeseberg Tuttle attorneys help people get compensation for serious injuries incurred in vehicle accidents. We have gained recognition as a leading Ohio trial law firm, and one that passionately and aggressively advocates for the injured and their families.
Vehicle accidents typically involve all types of road transportation, including cars, trucks, buses and motorcycles. The common causes usually involve negligent or reckless driving, malfunctioning traffic lights or signs, poorly designed roads, and vehicle design flaws or tire defects. These types of vehicular accidents account for the majority of substantial property damage and serious injury accidents.
The process of determining the possible causes of a vehicle accident can often be complicated. This may require the assistance of vehicular accident reconstructionists, design engineers and other qualified experts. In most cases, the driver is at fault and is accountable for the vehicular accident. However, there are instances when negligence is on the part of another party, and the person at fault becomes liable for the damage or injuries caused. These parties include (but are not limited to): auto manufacturers and maintenance and repair shops, as well as states or municipalities that maintain roads, bridges and signs.
The vehicle accident law provides the opportunity for the victim(s) to seek financial recovery by receiving proper compensation that allows them to recover to the same condition they were in before the accident. In serious cases, where the injury is due to one’s recklessness or irresponsible behavior (e.g. a defective product) that the manufacturer should have corrected, “punitive damages” may be given to the responsible individual(s). Typically, punitive damages for negligence include (but are not limited to): scarring, disfigurement, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, medical expenses, and pain and suffering.
What You Should Know About Car Accident Claims
Motor vehicle accidents can prove incredibly painful for survivors. They can also bring costly bills and a life filled with medical appointments and therapy. If you have suffered an injury in a car or truck accident, you probably have a lot of questions about what to expect from your future.
At Leeseberg Tuttle, we have helped thousands of people throughout Ohio with a variety of serious injuries. Prospective clients often come to us with more questions than they can ask in one appointment. To get you started, we have answered a small selection of the questions about motor vehicle accidents that our attorneys hear most frequently.
What should I do after an accident?
After a car crash of any kind, the most important thing to do is seek medical attention. Call an ambulance, if necessary. Then:
- Call the police and have them file an accident report
- Document the accident scene by taking pictures
- Get the name, contact information and insurance information of the other driver or drivers
- Get the names and contact information of any witnesses
- Contact an attorney immediately – do not speak to any insurance representatives
You may feel overwhelmed by the aftermath of an accident. However, these steps are very important and can help you recover maximum compensation.
Why shouldn’t I talk to my insurance provider?
Your insurance company does not want to pay the full amount that you deserve. Their representatives have ways of getting you to admit fault, even if you are not at fault in any way. Instead, you should have a lawyer communicate on your behalf.
Do I have an actionable case?
Not every car accident necessitates a lawsuit, but some do. If the other driver has more fault than you in the crash, then you may have an actionable case. Contact us and we can evaluate your situation in detail.
What if my accident was a while ago?
Many severe injuries do not appear until a few weeks or months after the accident. This is why it is crucial to seek medical attention as soon as you can after the incident, even if you do not have visible bruising or scarification. You may still have the opportunity to seek compensation, even if it has been months since the incident.
How long do I have to file a claim?
In Ohio, you have up to two years from the date of the accident to file your claim. If you do not meet this deadline, you lose the right to seek compensation for your damages.
What are the damages I could collect?
You may be eligible for damages such as:
- Hospital bills
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning potential
- Automobile repairs
- Pain and suffering
These are just a few of the damages we have helped our clients receive.
Do I really need an attorney?
Although you have the right to navigate the insurance and legal process yourself, this is not always wise. Our lawyers have handled thousands of car accidents similar to yours. We know exactly which steps to take and how to maximize your recovery as fast as possible.
Contact Us For Experienced Personal Injury Counsel
At Leeseberg Tuttle, we take pride in fighting for our clients to get the compensation they deserve when dealing with any type of vehicle accident. Contact us today at 855-445-6266 and speak to one of our law firm’s partners about your case.