Columbus Car Accident Attorneys
Representing Motor Vehicle Accident Victims Across Ohio
A serious car accident can change your world in an instant. At Ross, Midian & Breitmayer, LLC, we understand how such an incident can affect your physical health, your finances, your relationships, your ability to work and care for yourself, and many other aspects of your life. Let us help you seek the full and fair compensation you may deserve.
Get in touch with us today at (614) 450-2223 or submit an online contact form to request your free initial consultation.
Common Injuries Caused by Car Accidents
Car accidents occur in all sorts of different ways, which leads to all types of different injuries. The common thread is that most car accident injuries are serious. Even collisions at low speeds have the potential to cause life-changing injuries.
Some of the most common injuries reported after a car accident are:
- Whiplash injury to the neck or upper back
- Lower back injury
- Traumatic brain injury or concussion
- Broken bones
- Scarring and lacerations
- Burns from airbag deployment
No matter the type of injury you have suffered in a crash, you should be compensated for the medical care costs required to treat you. When working on a car accident claim, we always think about the damages our client has experienced already and what costs will need to be paid in the far future.
Common Causes of Car Accidents
About 65,000 traffic accidents happen on Ohio roads every year. Negligence is often at the root of these accidents, but negligence can take many forms. Our team can investigate your car accident case to determine what type of negligence the other driver was exhibiting. Proving that they were negligent or reckless can greatly strengthen your claim’s validity and hurt their arguments.
Common forms of driver negligence include:
- Reckless driving: Anything from inattentive driving, zoning out, or speeding could be considered reckless driving. Street racing is one of the most egregious forms of reckless driving, though.
- Distracted driving: Driving while distracted is quickly becoming one of the most common causes of traffic accidents. Drivers can get distracted while texting, viewing their GPS, or talking to passengers.
- Drunk driving: Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is always dangerous and never acceptable. It slows reaction time and reflexes, alters a person’s ability to make decisions, and is one of the top causes of fatal accidents.
- Drowsy driving: Studies have shown that driving while drowsy is just as dangerous as driving drunk. Drowsy drivers have lowered reaction times and could fall asleep or zone out behind the wheel, putting other drivers at serious risk.
- Overcorrection: When a driver notices a hazard on the road – like a reckless driver – and does too much to try to stay out of harm’s way, they can inadvertently cause an accident due to overcorrection.
- Bad weather: Snow, rain, and ice can make driving conditions dangerous. It is always important to drive carefully, but some reckless drivers may not adjust their driving to suit the weather.
- Auto defects: There are some accidents in which the other driver may not be at fault. Auto defects, such as faulty brakes or bad tires, can also cause serious traffic accidents. Additionally, defective road design or construction can play a role in serious collisions.
Ohio Car Accident Statute of Limitations
Ohio has a two-year statute of limitations for personal injury claims, including car accident cases. The statute of limitations begins on the day of your accident in most cases because this should be the same day that your injuries are apparent. If the two-year statute of limitations passes and you have not filed a claim for compensation, then any claims you file after that point will be thrown out by the court except in extremely rare circumstances.
Frequently Asked Questions About Car Accidents
We often receive the same type of questions from our clients, so we have put together a short list of the most commonly asked questions. If you have any further questions related to the details of your accident, please give our firm a call at (614) 450-2223. We're happy to help!
How Do I Know If I Have a Claim?
If you were injured in a car accident and you believe someone else was to blame, you could have grounds to file a claim. This is true even if you were partially at fault for the accident. Under Ohio’s rule of comparative negligence, injured motorists can still seek compensation for injuries caused by accidents that they were partly to blame for, as long as they were less than 50% at fault. If you are found to share some percentage of the blame for the accident, as long as it’s less than 50%, your total recovery will be reduced by the same percentage of fault you had in causing the accident.
For example, if you were hit by someone who ran a red light, but you were traveling at 7 mph over the posted speed limit at the time of the accident, a jury might decide you share 20% of the fault for the accident because you were speeding. If you suffer $10,000 in damages, you will only be able to recover up to 80% of this amount, or $8,000. Our experienced Columbus car accident lawyers can help you determine if you have a claim and how much compensation you may be eligible for.
What Should I Do After a Car Accident?
Even the best and most defensive drivers in the world can be hit by a reckless or negligent driver. In case you’re ever in a crash, despite your best efforts to keep the roads safe, it is best to be prepared ahead of time and know now what to do.
Keep these steps in mind, in case of an accident:
- Call for emergency help: Emergency responders should always be called to an accident that causes an injury or significant vehicular damage. The reports that police officers, firefighters, and EMTs make can be useful sources of evidence for our attorneys to use. Even if you get into a minor car accident with no immediately apparent injuries, law enforcement should be called so that a police report can be filed.
- Check on all passengers: If someone needs immediate medical attention, then take the proper steps to help as best you can until emergency personnel arrive on the scene. Be careful not to attempt any first aid you are not certified to complete, as good intentions could cause more harm.
- Get yourself and uninjured passengers to safety: After a minor car accident, it is advisable to move your car to the side of the road to prevent any further accidents. The last thing you want is to get hit again by adjacent traffic. If the accident is serious and your vehicle is no longer drivable, get yourself and all uninjured passengers safely to the side of the road, preferably at least 20 feet away.
- Exchange important information with the other driver: Be sure to collect the other driver's license and car insurance information. This will help you file a claim against the right person and with the right insurance company.
- Take photographs and document: Tangible evidence is crucial to making a point in a car accident claim. Since most of us now carry a camera in our pocket, i.e., our smartphones, it is easier than ever to gather immediate, untampered evidence. Take a picture of any and all damage to your vehicle and personal belongings, bodily injuries, skid marks in the road, landmarks, position of the cars, and even the time on the clock. Every little bit of evidence helps to build a solid injury claim.
- Go to the doctor: Even if you don't feel injured, it is important to be evaluated by a medical provider as soon as possible after a car accident. Insurance companies will jump at the chance to say your injuries are exaggerated if you take too long to see a doctor. A secondary follow-up with a doctor may be helpful as well since some injuries may present themselves after the shock and adrenaline of the accident wear off.
Who Pays for Your Compensation?
If your car accident claim is successful, then the other driver’s insurance company should be the one paying for your compensation. The money does not come directly from that other driver. However, you should know that you will not be paid anything from the other insurer until the case closes, which means you might need to pay for certain damages on your own for the time being. Your own insurance company might step in and pay for some damages, though, depending on the policy you purchased from them.
How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Car Accident Lawyer?
You know you need a car accident attorney, but you might not know if you can afford one to represent you. Do not worry – most people have this same conundrum after a crash. Thankfully, you do not need to have a large savings account to hire a car accident attorney, especially if you come to Ross, Midian & Breitmayer, LLC.
Our Columbus car accident attorneys offer free no-obligation consultations to discuss your case in more detail without charging you anything upfront. If we do work on your case, then we can offer contingency fees that do not require you to pay any of our attorney fees unless we end your claim or lawsuit with a settlement or verdict in your favor. Basically, you can pursue a claim against the other driver at no risk to your finances because you only pay us if we win! Furthermore, if we do win your case, then we are paid a fair percentage of the total award, so you never have to worry about paying more than you can afford.
Act Promptly to Preserve Evidence & Get Medical Care
If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident of any kind, it is important that you act quickly. First and foremost, make sure that you see a medical professional. Even if you believe you were not seriously injured, you could have underlying injuries or injuries that are actually more serious than they first seem. Only a skilled medical professional will be able to accurately evaluate your symptoms. What you think is minor whiplash, for instance, could turn out to be something much more serious. Moreover, having medical documentation is critical to developing your personal injury claim.
After making sure your health and well-being are stable, the next step is contacting an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. The sooner you contact our Columbus car accident lawyers at Ross, Midian & Breitmayer, LLC, the sooner we can start preserving any available evidence, such as skid marks on the road or black box data from semi-trucks.
It’s also important to act quickly because there is a two-year statute of limitations on car accident claims in Ohio. This means that, by law, you only have two years from the date of the accident to bring your claim. If you fail to file your claim within that two-year time period, you will most likely be barred from recovering any compensation.
Can’t Come to Us? We Can Come to You.
Ross, Midian & Breitmayer, LLC frequently makes home and hospital visits as needed. If your injuries make it difficult for you to visit our office, one of our lawyers can arrange to meet with you at a place that’s more convenient.
Simply call (614) 450-2223 or contact us online to set up a free consultation today. We are available 24/7 to assist you.
Other Types of Motor Vehicle Accident Cases We Handle
Our Columbus car accident attorneys have successfully handled hundreds of motor vehicle collision cases across the state of Ohio, recovering millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for our clients.
We are well-equipped to address all your concerns in cases involving:
- Uninsured or underinsured motorists
- Head-on collisions
- Rear-end crashes
- Drunk driving
- Distracted driving
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle collisions
- Bus crashes
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
We offer free initial consultations and provide all of our legal services on a contingency fee basis, meaning you do not owe any attorneys’ fees unless/until we recover compensation for you. This system creates a virtually risk-free way for you to pursue damages from the person who caused your injuries.
Bus Passenger Accident $300,000
The client was a passenger on a bus, which ran off the road into a ditch causing two compression fractures in his low back (non-surgical).
Motor Vehicle Accident $250,000 Policy Limits
Client was struck by vehicle that ran a stop sign. Multiple fractures.
Motor Vehicle Accident $250,000 Policy Limits
Client was involved in head on collision which required extraction.
Motor Vehicle Accident $200,000
Multiple-impact, rear-end collision resulting in multiple disc herniations.
Motor Vehicle Accident $185,000
Client was struck by vehicle that ran a stop sign.
Motor Vehicle Accident $185,000
Client was struck by vehicle that ran stop sign and rolled Jeep. Client walked away but subsequently developed shoulder injuries.
Motorcycle Crash $150,000
Defendant came across three lanes of traffic and struck client who was on his motorcycle. Client suffered substantial “road rash” and a knee injury (non-surgical).
Motor Vehicle Accident $100,000 Policy Limits
Client was rear-ended causing low back injury requiring fusion surgery.
T-Bone Accident $90,000
The defendant failed to stop at a red light and T-boned the client on the passenger side of her vehicle.
Motor Vehicle Accident $90,000
Defendant ran a red light and t-boned the vehicle in which client was a passenger. Client suffered a rotator cuff tear, necessitating surgical intervention.
Guidance & Support
Our experienced attorneys will handle everything connected to your claim, so that you can focus on your recovery.
We pride ourselves on our client-first approach, which compels us to treat each client like a close friend or family member.
We possess extensive trial experience and are not afraid to take your case to trial to fight for the justice you deserve.
At RMB, we pride ourselves on providing our clients with the responsiveness & attentiveness that they need and deserve.
If you schedule an appointment with us, you will have one of our lawyers (not a paralegal or admin), at your home or place of business to answer all the questions you have about your claim. There is no bait and switch with RMB. If you choose us, WE will handle your injury claim from beginning to end.