CAR ACCIDENT FAQS
CAR ACCIDENTS INJURY CLAIMS: THE BASICS
Following a serious car accident, it can be difficult to know what to do next or how to seek help. During a first meeting with the lawyers at StachlerHarmon, new clients often ask similar questions about filing a claim. To help you understand the process, we answered the most common questions below.
WHAT SHOULD I DO AFTER AN ACCIDENT?
Auto accidents are stressful and in the hectic moments afterward, it can be challenging to remember what you must do.
After the accident, check for injuries and assess the damage. Call the police to make an accident report. If possible, avoid moving the vehicles until the police arrive. Do not admit fault and limit your discussion with the other party, other than exchanging information. Take photos of the accident scene and damage, documenting as much as possible. Report the accident to your insurance company. Seek appropriate medical care. Contact a personal injury lawyer to learn about recovery options.
WHEN SHOULD I GO TO THE DOCTOR?
After suffering any injury as the result of a car accident, it is imperative to seek medical attention right away. You must carefully follow your doctor's treatment recommendations. Failure to do so can harm your injury claim.
HOW DOES THE PERSONAL INJURY PROCESS WORK?
A personal injury lawsuit begins with filing a personal injury claim against the at-fault party's insurance company. The insurance company will evaluate the damages and extent of your injuries and make a settlement offer. Your lawyer can negotiate a settlement offer until a fair amount is reached.
WHAT IF I AM PARTLY AT FAULT?
Ohio does not bar personal injury victims from recovering damages if they are partly at fault, as long as your percentage of fault does not exceed 50 percent.