For most people, the most dangerous activity they do each day is getting behind the wheel of their vehicle. Does this mean that everyone gets into a crash? Certainly not, but we do know that it can happen. While we may take the necessary steps to drive safely each day, there are times when the negligence of other drivers causes us harm.
At Paulozzi LPA Injury Lawyers, we are ready to step in and help if you or a loved one have been injured by a negligent driver. Our knowledgeable and experienced team will work to secure the compensation you deserve. When you need a Cleveland car accident attorney, call us today.
While most crash injuries are minor, we need to point out that even minor injuries can lead to major medical bills rising into the tens of thousands of dollars. For major injuries, the expenses can become unmanageable. Consider the following injuries that we commonly see as a result of vehicle crashes:
Each of these injuries requires immediate emergency medical care and most of them will see the victim needing extended rehabilitation and recovery times. Even in cases where a person is able to make a full recovery, they will likely be out of work for an extended period of time. This means lost wages and benefits. Other hidden costs could include home and vehicle accommodations, any necessary in-home care, as well as psychological and emotional damages.
In Ohio, a staggering amount of crash injuries and fatalities are due to drivers operating a vehicle while impaired (OVI). Other major contributors to vehicle crash injuries and fatalities include:
Regardless of how a negligent or careless driver causes a crash, they should be held responsible for their actions. No crash victim should be put into financial jeopardy due to another person’s deadly behavior.
If you or a loved one have been injured due to the actions of a negligent or careless driver, please seek legal assistance as soon as possible. Paulozzi LPA Injury Lawyers is ready to step in and work to secure the compensation you need for all of your crash-related expenses, including:
When we look at the latest reporting year in Ohio, we know that there were:
If we delve back we see the following:
These numbers are fairly steady year after year. We know that most people will be involved in one or more vehicle crashes in their lifetimes and may need help from a Cleveland car accident lawyer.
Unfortunately, no. Please do not speak to any insurance companies or claims adjusters before speaking to a Cleveland car accident attorney. Insurance companies are not your friend, and they will do everything they can to pay as little as possible with every claim. They will almost always offer a settlement that is far below what you truly deserve. It is always best to have your lawyer negotiate on your behalf.
Every state is responsible for setting a time limit on how long victims of car accidents have to file lawsuits against alleged negligent drivers. This time limit is called the statute of limitations. In Ohio, the statute of limitations for a car accident claim is two years from the date the incident occurs. If a car accident victim fails to file a lawsuit within this two-year window, they will be unable to file a claim to recover compensation for their losses.
We all make mistakes on the roadway. Yes, sometimes we are at fault in an accident. That does not mean you have to put up with the other driver harassing you. Ensure the police are called and that an accident report is filled out when the incident occurs. Trade insurance information with the other driver. If the driver calls you directly, ask them to deal only with your insurance company.
We run into problems sometimes when two drivers at the scene decide not to call the police and go their separate ways because there was little to no apparent damage (this is never a good idea). The other driver may later decide to call you and say they did, in fact, have damages or injuries from the crash and attempt to get you to pay them directly. Do not do this.
If you or a loved one are injured in a vehicle crash that was caused by another driver’s negligence, please seek legal assistance. A Cleveland car accident attorney will be ready to take your case to ensure you get the compensation you deserve. This can include:
It can be difficult to secure compensation for all of your crash-related expenses because insurance companies are not your friend – unless you are paying them. They do not want to pay you anything and will work to lower any settlement amount.
Paulozzi LPA fought long and hard (understatement) for me to get the best outcome possible after my car accident. Joe Paulozzi and Amy Higgins were wonderful… dedicated, persevering, and honest. I can not thank them enough, and I highly recommend them to anyone who wants excellent and proactive representation.