Hundreds Of Millions Recovered For Car Accident Survivors
When you or someone you care about has been injured in an auto accident, it is imperative that you hire an attorney as soon as possible. An experienced Toledo auto accident lawyer at Williams DeClark Tuschman Co. L.P.A. can provide you the experience, knowledge and resources you need on your side.
Our team wants to help you get through this difficult time. Make sure that you seek compensation for the damages and losses you have suffered. Talk with a member of our team to learn more about how you can file a car accident claim.
How We Have Helped Clients
- Our client received a $2,000,000 award in an auto accident case involving the loss of a loved one to wrongful death.
- Our team achieved a car accident settlement of $1,200,000 on behalf of a driver who hit an illegally parked semi truck.
- We collected a settlement of $900,000 for a client who was severely injured in a head-on collision by a negligent driver.
Our Toledo auto accident attorneys are ready to hear from you. To learn more about our legal services, call us at 419-719-5195 today to schedule a free consultation.
Who Is Responsible After A Car Accident?
When it comes to car accident liability, Ohio is an “at-fault state.” This means after an accident the party responsible for the accident is the one who pays damages. Fault states are usually more straightforward when it comes to filing a personal injury claim. In “no-fault states,” drivers are required to carry a special type of insurance coverage called personal injury protection insurance. In the case of an accident, an injury victim would file a claim with their own insurance and are only eligible to file a personal injury claim if they meet certain requirements.
In cases where more than one person is responsible for an accident, Ohio follows a comparative fault rule. Under this rule, an injury victim is still eligible to pursue compensation as long as they are less than 50% at fault for the accident that led to their injuries. Additionally, the claimant’s compensation awarded to them will be reduced by their percentage of fault for the accident. For example, if you are found to be 10% at fault for an accident, your total compensation amount will be reduced by 10%.
Put 100-Plus Years Of Advocacy On Your Side
Our firm has 100-plus years of experience working with clients who have suffered injuries in auto accidents. The lawyers at Williams DeClark Tuschman Co. L.P.A. work hard on behalf of our clients to help them recover compensation for their losses. From investigating an accident to preparing documents for a claim, we diligently assemble all aspects of a case in order to maximize our results.
We can help you seek compensation for automobile accidents injuries such as:
- Broken bones
- Back and spine injuries
- Burn injuries
- Head injuries
- Brain damage and concussions
Get Started On Your Case Today
If you are interested in discussing the details of your case, don’t wait to get in touch with us. We would love the opportunity to explain how we can help and to inform you of your options. From claims preparation to negotiations with insurance adjusters, we can walk you through the entire process.
Common Questions After A Car Accident
With more than 100 years of collective experience, our attorneys have guided countless clients through the process of recovering financial compensation after car accident injuries. Below, we’ve answered some of the most common questions we hear from potential clients who have experienced vehicle collisions.
How Will I Pay My Medical Bills After A Car Accident?
The responsible driver’s insurance company is ultimately responsible for your medical expenses, but they will not reimburse those costs as they come in. These bills are typically paid as part of your final settlement. In the meantime, motorists have a variety of options to cover their health expenses, including private insurance, Medicaid or Medicare. We work closely with clients to help them address their concerns about paying for health care.
Do I Really Need A Personal Injury Lawyer?
There is no law requiring that you retain an attorney to help with your auto accident claim. However, working with a lawyer can help you avoid costly mistakes and make the other parties take your claim more seriously. There is no cost to schedule a free consultation, and you are only responsible for attorney fees if your lawyer secures compensation for you. Working with a lawyer can be essential in getting a positive result.
What If I Think I May Be Partially At Fault?
Accidents happen in the blink of an eye, and often the people involved do not see the entire picture of what happened. Only a thorough investigation by the insurance company and other parties can reveal what really happened. Ohio uses comparative negligence in auto accident cases, which means parties may be able to recover compensation even if they shared part of the fault.
Should I Talk To The Insurance Company?
You are required to cooperate with your insurance company as they investigate the accident. However, it is still important to protect yourself. Just because you hold a policy does not mean your insurer will place a fair value on your case or readily provide the compensation you need to get back on your feet. When you work with a personal injury attorney, they will take on the responsibility of communicating with your insurer so you can focus on your healing and your family.
What Is Subrogation?
After an accident, some people receive money from their insurance right away to cover their medical bills and expenses while their personal injury case is pending. What most people don’t know is that some insurance companies require you to pay back that money after you receive a settlement from your case. This is called subrogation, and it is hidden in some insurance agreements. Subrogation law is quite complex, and insurance companies do not always have the right to enforce this rule. If you have any questions about subrogation and your specific case, it is important to speak with an attorney.
What Are The Most Common Types Of Car Accidents?
Car accidents can occur in a variety of situations. They may happen due to speeding or bumper-to-bumper traffic, but they can also happen on small residential streets and in parking lots. How vehicles collide with other vehicles, objects and pedestrians influences the resulting injuries. Common types of car accidents include:
- Rear-end collisions occur when one vehicle crashes into another from behind. Often they are caused because the car behind is following too closely or accelerates at a higher speed than the car ahead.
- Head-on collisions occur when the front of two vehicles crash directly into each other, often resulting in fatalities.
- Side-impact collisions are also known as “T-bone” or “broadside” collisions and occur when the side of the vehicle is directly struck. On the other hand, sideswipe collisions happen when two cars that are parallel to one another “swipe” each other.
- Single-car accidents occur when a vehicle strikes an object such as a tree, wall, pole or fire hydrant. In some cases, innocent bystanders may be involved.
- Multivehicle accidents are often called “pileups” or “chain reaction collisions,” and they involve more than two vehicles. Liability can be difficult to determine because multiple drivers are involved.
- Hit-and-run accidents are when one driver flees the scene of the collision. This makes proving liability and recovering damages from the at-fault party quite challenging.
- Rollover accidents happen when a vehicle flips over onto its side or roof. This accident typically occurs to cars with a high center of gravity, such as SUVs and trucks, but can also happen to lower vehicles that are hit at very high speeds.
- Distracted driving accidents happen when a driver is doing something else while operating their vehicle. This includes texting or talking on a cellphone, grooming, eating, changing radio stations and even talking to passengers.
- Drunk driving accidents happen when an intoxicated driver crashes into another vehicle due to alcohol impairment.
The answers on this page provide general information, but they are not the same as legal advice. There is no substitution for a free consultation with one of our accomplished personal injury lawyers. Contact us today.