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Car Accidents Attorneys in Ohio
When a driver speeds, runs a red light or otherwise drives in an unsafe manner, the result may be catastrophic.
When you suffer car crash injuries through no fault of your own, you may be in significant pain and need extensive medical treatment, which results in expensive medical bills. You may be unable to work while you recover, which means a loss of income.
The stress may be overwhelming. But you don’t have to shoulder that burden alone. The experienced and compassionate Ohio car accident lawyers at Kisling, Nestico & Redick are here to help you navigate the legal system and obtain fair compensation for your medical costs and other losses related to your crash.
Call 1-800-HURT-NOW or use our contact form to schedule your free consultation. We do not charge any fees unless you receive compensation.
Do You Need a Lawyer After a Car Accident?
If you’ve been injured in a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be asking, “do I need a lawyer to pursue a car accident claim?” The answer to this question is “yes.”
Role of Insurance Companies in Car Accident Claims
Although insurance companies are supposed to protect you after a car accident, many are more concerned about making money. Therefore, they often attempt to pay victims of car accidents as little as possible by offering low settlements, questioning injuries, and suggesting that the victims are partially to blame for the crash. If you’ve been hurt in a car accident, it is imperative that you consult a car accident lawyer prior to speaking to an insurance company.
How a Car Accident Lawyer Can Help
After a crash, it may be tempting to pursue an accident claim on your own. However, doing so can reduce your chances of collecting the maximum compensation you may be entitled to. Since a highly skilled car accident lawyer is well aware of the tactics insurance companies often use to deny and reduce payments, they can help fight back against these techniques and ensure you are fairly compensated for your damages. You can count on a car accident lawyer to:
- Determine the Value of Your Car Accident Case – In addition to seeking compensation for your medical expenses and lost wages, a car accident lawyer can look at other damages such as disability or disfigurement, emotional distress, and pain and suffering when determining the value of your case.
- Filing Evidence to Prove the Negligence of the Other Driver – A car accident lawyer will review all documentation related to your accident, interview witnesses, and consult experts if necessary to prove the negligence of the other party involved in your case.
- Handle Paperwork – A lawyer will help you fill out all the necessary paperwork involved in filing your claim, and ensure that you avoid making any mistakes or miss any deadlines.
- Negotiate with the Insurance Company – A car accident attorney will build a strong case and negotiate with the insurance company so that fair compensation can be recovered.
Types of Car Accidents & Common Issues
At Kisling, Nestico & Redick, our experienced car accident lawyers have handled virtually every type of auto accident claim and can assist with every aspect of your case.
What Are You Dealing With After Your Car Accident?
Types of Ohio Car Accidents We Handle
- Head-On Collisions
- Hit & Run Accidents
- Intersection Accidents
- Left Turn Accidents
- Multi-Vehicle Accidents
- Rear-End Collisions
- Failure to Maintain a Lane
- Failure to Yield
- Highway Accidents
- Injured Passengers”
- Work Zone Accidents”
- Uninsured & Underinsured Driver Accidents”
- SUV Rollover Accidents
- T-Bone Collisions
Common Causes of Ohio Car Accidents
Common Ohio Car Accident Injuries
Accidents with Other Vehicles
Factors That Affect Car Accident Injuries
Most car accidents are preventable, and a contributing factor in many crashes is driver error. But regardless of the root cause of the crash that resulted in your injuries, what you are specifically dealing with and the severity of your situation will largely be influenced by the following:
- Type of collision (rear-end, head-on, T-bone, rollover)
- Use of a seat belt
- Vehicle type
- Age of the driver(s) at fault
- Cause of the accident
- Speed of the vehicle at the time of impact
- Age of the accident victims
Compensation After an Ohio Car Accident
With the help of a good Ohio car accident lawyer, you may be able to obtain compensation for your various financial losses (damages) caused by another driver’s negligence.
Through a car accident insurance claim or car accident lawsuit, you may be able to recover compensation for your:
- Medical expenses
- Lost income
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of consortium (negative effect of your injuries on your relationship)
How Long After a Car Accident Do I Have to File a Claim?
The period within which you may pursue a claim or file a lawsuit is known as the statute of limitations, and the length of time you have is dependent on the type of case. For example, the statute of limitations is different for personal injury cases than criminal cases.
The statute of limitations exists because:
- It prevents car accident victims from delaying a case to advance a particular strategy.
- It protects the integrity of physical evidence and witness testimony, which may deteriorate over time
- It encourages the timely resolution of cases.
Ohio Car Accident Statute of Limitations
If you are injured in a car accident in Ohio, you have two years from the accident date to file a lawsuit to collect compensation. There are a few exceptions to this rule, including:
- Minors have two years beginning from their 18th birthday to file a claim. For example, a 16-year-old who sustained an injury in a car crash has two years after their 18th birthday or a total of four years to begin the claim process.
- The discovery of harm rule states that if a victim does not realize the injury until after the day the injury arose, the statute of limitations begins on the date the injury was discovered or should have been discovered, instead of when it occurred.
Why Call KNR’s Car Accident Lawyers
At Kisling, Nestico & Redick, our team has extensive experience helping motor vehicle accident victims to obtain the maximum available compensation for their injuries. As one of the largest personal injury firms in Ohio, we have significant knowledge and resources at our fingertips that we can put to work fighting for you.
Insurance Insight & Skill Fighting for You
Many of our attorneys worked in the insurance industry or defending car accident claims, so we can offer an insider’s perspective on how the claims process works. We know the strategies that insurance companies and personal injury defense lawyers use to fight claims like yours, and that allows us to build the strongest possible case for why you deserve compensation.
We believe passionately in helping you recover both physically and financially from a serious car accident.
Call KNR’s Car Accident Lawyers Today
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident, it’s natural to feel uncertain and to have questions. Let KNR provide the answers about how to get your bills paid, car fixed, or hold the person who injured you accountable for his or her negligence.
Contact Kisling, Nestico & Redick at 1-800-HURT-NOW. Let us explain the law, hande the process, and help recover everything you deserve. We offer 100% free consultations and there’s no fees unless you recover compensation.
Other Car Accident Topics
Car Accident Lawsuits
When you’re dealing with the fallout of a car accident, you likely want to take action against the party that caused your injuries. While you focus on healing, let one of our Ohio car accident attorneys deal with the legal process, which includes fighting for the fair compensation to which you may be entitled.
Getting Your Car Fixed
When you’ve been hurt in a car accident, your physical recovery is at the top of your priorities. However, getting your car fixed also is important. A damaged or totaled vehicle can disrupt your job, your education, or your life in general. Our experienced attorneys can discuss your options for getting your car repaired so that your life can return to normal after your accident.
Using Preferred Auto Repair Shops
After you’ve been in a car accident, you’ll be dealing with insurance companies who will likely recommend an auto repair shop where you can take your car to get fixed. Don’t let these companies sway you into using a preferred auto repair shop, as they often cut corners to save on costs. Our car accident attorneys can help you if you’ve visited one of these shops and suffered as a result.
What To Do After a Motor Vehicle Accident?
There are some important steps that you should take when you’re involved in a motor vehicle crash. Those include getting a medical evaluation as soon as is possible, and calling an Ohio car accident attorney such as those at KNR to protect your rights and explore your options for compensation.