Car accidents are a leading cause of injury and premature death in adults and children. Many Americans drive on the roadways daily and most drivers are in their cars multiple times a day. Auto crashes happen in an instant. Often, drivers are less than a mile from home when the crash occurs.
Traffic laws were created to keep drivers safe. Not everyone follows the rules. Distracted driving is commonplace now, and car accidents can occur when drivers look away, even for an instant. The laws that regulate traffic and driver attention apply to everyone, including bicycles, cars, trucks, SUVs, motorcycles, and other motorized vehicles.
All drivers must obey traffic signs. In addition, all drivers must operate their motor vehicles with “reasonable care.” For example, a driver has a duty not only to drive safely at a reasonable speed but to control his car, be sober and alert, and avoid distractions.
Claims for Damages
When you are injured in a crash in Columbus or on other Ohio roadways, you are entitled to make a claim against the other driver and his insurance company. You can make a claim for damages such as:
- physical injury
- permanent impairment
- loss of a limb,
- emotional distress
- property damage
- lost wages and lost earnings capacity
- inability to function usually and normally
Hire a Litigation Attorney Early
A good litigation attorney is essential early in the investigation. A lawyer often locates witnesses, documents skid marks on the road, finds possible video surveillance of the crash, and orders preservation of other types of factual evidence. A good lawyer may be able to get a private investigator working quickly on your case.
If you or a loved one has been in a car accident, contact Oliver Law Office in Columbus, Ohio. Our firm serves all of Ohio, including
Call 614-220-9100 to schedule an appointment.