As Americans, our love of cars, driving, and the open road is a true blessing. Sometimes, however, that freedom of travel can have a high cost. It can happen in an instant. One minute you're riding down the road and the next you've been involved in a serious accident and have injuries.
When you or a loved one are in an accident and injured, you want to focus on healing and making sure you or your loved one receive proper care. Through that entire process, there may be legal issues, insurance issues, or other things to distract you. We encourage you to contact us so we can guide you through this difficult and sometimes confusing process.
A car, truck, or motorcycle accident can change your life in an instant. Unfortunately, many accidents result in life-altering injuries or even death. If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident, we urge you to contact us immediately so we can guide you through this difficult process from start to finish.
Every vehicle accident is different and the type and severity of injury from these accidents can vary. Similarly, the response of care givers, insurance companies, and the other involved parties are different in every case. In certain cases, the cost of treatment for the injuries sustained, such as paralysis, head injuries, burns, spinal cord injuries, loss of limbs, or whiplash, along with the pain and suffering, can result in differences of opinion as to value which then require additional negotiations or litigation.
Economic damages attempt to compensate the injured person for the economic or monetary damages resulting from the accident. These can include:
In every case, it is important to have a complete understanding of the accident scene, contributing causes of the accident, witness statements, injuries, insurance coverage, and police findings. These key pieces of information help to establish the responsible party or parties and allow for an honest assessment of the accident. Depending on the type and cause of an accident along with the type or severity of injuries, we do the following to gather and protect the important facts:
Gathering police reports
Assembling Witness Statements and/or finding additional witnesses
Photographing the accident location
Photographing vehicle damage and personal injuries
Speaking with insurance companies
Gathering medical records and bills
Evaluating short and long term health care needs
Preserving valuable information and evidence
Conducting depositions of parties and witnesses
Arranging the testimony of medical providers and other experts
Trying the case in court to a jury or judge if necessary
All drivers are required to exercise a certain level of care and control when operating a motor vehicle. When that level of care is not exercised and an accident occurs, there is negligence. Next, we must establish the cause of the accident and subsequent injuries. Examples of negligence while operating a car, truck, or motorcycle include:
Texting while driving
Driving while intoxicated
Driving while sleep deprived
Failing to maintain an assured clear distance
Running a red light
In accidents where a death occurs, legal recourse may be available to survivors if it can be proven that the cause of the accident was negligence. Economic, non-economic, and punitive damages may be awarded based on the specific facts and circumstances of the accident.
Improper design, incorrect construction, or poor maintenance of roads, bridges, and intersections can all contribute to accidents. Some examples include:
Potholes or other road defects
Missing or non-functioning signs and signals
Guardrails, barriers, and curbs
Embankments, overpasses, and pedestrian crossings
"When you are injured, your focus should be first and foremost on your healing and health. Worrying about bills, payments, or settlement offers only distracts from the healing process. Our goal is to help reduce your stress so you can heal better and faster."
A local - Akron, Ohio Law Firm - with the knowledge, experience, and commitment to help when you have been seriously injured in a vehicle accident.