Top Rated Car Accident Lawyers Columbus, Ohio
A car accident can be a traumatic and difficult experience. Our Columbus based car accident attorneys are here to help you.
Ohio Car Crash Statistics
Automobile Accidents are common in Ohio. In fact, nearly 300 people are injured in car accidents daily. One person is hurt in a car accident every 4.8 minutes. In Franklin County alone, there were over 35,000 motor vehicle accidents in which over 13,000 people were injured.
If you were injured in a car accident, let the experienced and knowledgeable Columbus car accident lawyers at Tompkins, Selph, & Associates, Ltd. assist you. Our Columbus car crash lawyers have over 25 years of combined experience assisting injured victims in car accidents obtain the recovery and compensation they deserve. We have recovered millions of dollars for car accident victims in Franklin County. Our Columbus car collision lawyers also guarantee you will not pay anything in fees until you recover first.
What to do after an Auto Accident
- First, and most importantly, make sure everybody’s physical health and safety are fine. If anybody in the vehicle has more than bumps or bruises, you should call 911 and seek emergency medical attention immediately.
- Take photos of the accident scene if it is safe to do so. Sometimes, once the vehicles are moved,
stories may change and the at fault party may change the facts of the accident in order to avoid responsibility.
- Move your vehicles to the side of the road if it is safe to do so. After you confirm the physical safety of all occupants of your vehicle and snap a few photos from the driver’s seat of your vehicle (or outside vehicle if it’s safe), move your vehicle out of the road.
- Obtain personal contact information of any witnesses that have stopped at the scene. Many people will stop at an accident to confirm nobody was seriously hurt in an accident. If the witness stops and confirms they saw the accident but are unable to stay for the police, ask if they would be willing to share contact information so the police can contact them and obtain a statement about the facts of the accident.
- Contact the police. Whether anybody was injured or not, it is important to file a police report. Either call 911 or local police non-emergency number and ask for an officer to come to the scene of the accident.
- Collect information of the other driver. Obtain as much information as possible from the other driver. Name, address, phone number, insurance information. You can even take pictures of the license plate of the other vehicle, the insurance card, and the other driver’s license. More information is always better.
Whether you followed these steps or not, you should still contact a Columbus car accident lawyer. At Tompkins, Selph, & Associates, Ltd. we understand it can be difficult to follow these steps precisely. Oftentimes after an accident it can be confusing, frustrating, and painful all at the same time. If you were taken to the hospital, you likely did not have any opportunity to speak to the police, witnesses or the other driver. Our Columbus car accident attorneys can help gather this information after the fact. We will thoroughly investigate the accident including working with experts such as an accident re-constructionist where necessary.
Common Causes of Ohio Traffic Accidents
- Following too closely—assured clear distance ahead (ACDA)
- Reckless driving—failure to control
- Failure to yield
- Driving over posted speed limit
- Speeding over what is appropriate for conditions
- Improper lane change
- Drunk or impaired driving
- Drowsy driving
- Driving wrong way—left of center
- Poor weather
The underlying cause of your accident matters for many different reasons. If you are uncertain about the cause of your accident, contact the Columbus auto accident lawyers at Tompkins, Selph, & Associates, Ltd. to discuss car accident liability and who may be at fault in your accident.
Common Injuries in Motor Vehicle Accidents
Some car accidents are minor and lead to few injuries. However, even minor accidents can lead to injuries. As you may be experiencing now, many accidents cause severe and debilitating injuries to the victims. Some common car accident injuries may be:
- Whiplash or neck injury
- Lumbar, thoracic, or cervical sprain and strain
- Soft tissue injury
- Muscle strains and sprains
- Lacerations and abrasions
- Broken bones
- Mild, moderate, and severe brain injury
- Traumatic brain injury or TBI
- Spinal cord injuries including paralysis and nerve damage
- Psychological damage and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
It is common that many people do not feel any pain until several days after a car accident. If you are suffering from any of these conditions, or any not listed above, it is important you call a Columbus car accident lawyer from Tompkins, Selph & Associates, Ltd. Our Columbus car accident lawyers have experience dealing with a wide range motor vehicle accident injuries ranging from minor to catastrophic. Our Columbus car crash lawyers will closely and thoroughly review your case, including all effects of the accident, to obtain the best result for you.
Compensation for Motor Vehicle Accident Injuries
Compensation for a car accident varies based on the individual circumstances including the severity of the accident, the amount of medical treatment needed, and other damages suffered as a result of the accident. Compensation can include the following:
- Medical expenses
- Lost income
- Reduced earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of consortium
- Property damages
All these financial, psychological, and physical damages are compensable damages in Ohio. The settlement or judgment you receive are intended to make you whole—as if the accident never occurred. Sometimes, punitive damages may be recoverable. Punitive damages are meant to punish a driver for extremely egregious conduct and not meant to compensate the victim. Punitive damages are rare in Ohio car accident cases. If you were injured in a car accident or involved in an accident where the other driver was extremely reckless, contact the Columbus car accident lawyers at Tompkins, Selph, & Associates, Ltd. to discuss what compensation you may be entitled to receive.
Common Insurance Issues
Insurance companies and adjusters are trained to reduce the value of your claim. Sometimes insurance claims go smoothly. Other times you may experience problems with the insurance company that require attorney attention and intervention. These may include:
- Insurance denial: If your claim was denied and you believe that denial was wrongful, consult an Ohio car accident attorney immediately.
- Low ball offer: Insurance adjusters are trained to reduce the value of your claim. The insurance company often tries to settle claims quickly and cheaply which is oftentimes far below what your actual claim is worth.
- Bad faith: Ohio insurance companies are required to treat you fairly and act on your claim within a reasonable amount of time and in good faith. If you believe your insurance company treated you unfairly or unlawfully, call the Columbus car crash attorneys and Tompkins, Selph & Associates, Ltd. to discuss if you have additional legal claims against your insurance company.
- Comparative negligence: Ohio has a comparative negligence law where the value of your claim may be reduced by the value of your negligence. Many times, insurance companies attempt to arbitrarily reduce your claim based on its own notion of your comparative negligence. If your car accident claim has been reduced unfairly contact the car accident attorneys at Tompkins, Selph, & Associates, Ltd. to review the facts of your accident.
- Uninsured driver or underinsured driver: While Ohio law requires all drivers to be insured, it is a sad fact that many people on Ohio’s roadways are driving without insurance or with not enough insurance to compensate the victims of accidents. If you had an accident with an uninsured driver or an underinsured driver, you may need to file a lawsuit against that person to recover full compensation.
Fatal Car Accident Claims
If you have lost a loved one in a motor vehicle accident, please do not hesitate to contact our Columbus based car accident lawyers at Tompkins, Selph, & Associates, Ltd. to discuss the accident and the damages you are entitled to recover. We will review the accident with you and determine if you or the family may file a wrongful death suit against the other driver. If you are surviving spouse, child, parent, grandparent, or sibling of a deceased victim you may have the right to recover any of the following:
- Medical expenses
- Funeral and burial costs
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of inheritance
- Loss of decedent’s financial contributions
- Loss of love and companionship
- Loss of the decedent’s services
Let our Ohio Motor Vehicle Accident Attorneys Work for You
If you were injured in a car accident, let the experienced and knowledgeable Columbus car accident attorneys at Tompkins, Selph, & Associates, Ltd. assist you. Our Columbus personal injury attorneys have over 25 years of combined experience assisting injured victims in car accidents obtain the recovery and compensation they deserve. We have recovered millions of dollars for car accident victims in Franklin County. Our Columbus car collision lawyers also guarantee you will not pay anything in fees until you recover first.
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