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Diligent Advocate for Victims of Careless Drivers – Cuyahoga County Auto Collision Injury Attorneys
When you experience a debilitating injury caused by the careless or inattentive conduct of another individual, you might experience intense pain, mental anguish, disfigurement and partial or total disability. While overcoming these physical and emotional obstacles can be difficult, this struggle can be complicated by the financial pressure that accompanies these hardships. A catastrophic injury can result in tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of dollars in hospital and medical bills. If your injuries prevent you from continuing at your current occupation or working at all, a full financial recovery can be the only thing that stands between your family and bankruptcy. Read more…
If the individual, company or government entity that causes your injury has insurance coverage, the insurer will typically provide a defense and pay any judgment or settlement. Whether the other party is a careless driver, shoddy product manufacturer or inattentive property owner, the other party’s insurance company is your adversary. Insurance companies work diligently to minimize the amount they must pay on behalf of their insured. The insurer may request that you to provide a recorded statement, offer a lowball settlement or ask you to sign a release to obtain information. Injury victims should let their Cleveland personal injury lawyer communicate with the other party’s insurance company and refuse to sign anything that has not been reviewed by an experienced personal injury attorney. A recorded statement or a general release for medical records can be used to find defenses to defeat or mitigate your claim.
When drivers multi-task behind the wheel, drive unsafely and fail to comply with traffic safety laws, the result can be life-altering traffic accidents. Whether you lay down your motorcycle or a tractor-trailer slams into your car, you can suffer catastrophic injuries like traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, lost limbs and even wrongful death. When you are struggling to cope with the pain and disability caused by a motor vehicle accident, the financial hardships associated with time off work and spiraling medical expenses can hinder your recovery.
Cleveland motor vehicle accident lawyer Joel A. Nash has recovered millions of dollars for motor vehicle accident victims. Mr. Nash does not simply rely on law enforcement accident reports to evaluate the cause of a crash. While reviewing the accident report is important, Mr. Nash talks with witnesses, works with a wide array of experts and inspects the accident scene. While many auto accident cases settle, Mr. Nash recognizes that the best settlements are based on building a compelling case for trial.
What should you do if you are involved in a vehicle collision?
The best way to protect your legal rights if you are involved in a traffic collision is to retain a top Cleveland car accident lawyer. However, the actions you take at the scene of the crash can protect your legal claim and maximize your recovery. If you are involved in an auto collision, you should take the following steps:
Summon the Police: While the law does not require you to call the police for minor accidents that do not involve significant property damage or any injury to a vehicle occupant, the best practice is to summon the police. There are many injuries that take time to manifest symptoms, so you should not assume that you have not suffered injury just because you do not experience immediate symptoms. If bleeding later causes pressure on the brain of a crash victim, critical evidence and witnesses might disappear.
Gather Evidence at the Scene: Crash victims have a unique opportunity to gather evidence, photos and witness contact information. If you have a mobile phone you should take pictures of the accident scene, relative position of the vehicles, injuries, property damage and relevant environmental factors like stop signs obscured by overgrown bushes. Other information you should gather includes witness contact information and the police report number.
Complete Medical Treatment: While accident victims should seek prompt medical attention, it is important to follow through with all diagnostic tests and the full course of treatment/rehabilitation. If you miss doctor’s appointments or fail to complete your rehabilitation, the other driver’s insurance company might use this information to contend that that you are fabricating or exaggerating your injury claim.
Get Legal Representation: There are many ways that a personal injury victim can compromise a claim without legal representation. Insurance companies might request a recorded statement or written release that undermines your rights and remedies. The civil litigation process also is filled with potential traps and pitfalls that can destroy your accident claim or limit your damages. If your personal injury lawsuit is not filed within the period of the statute of limitations, for example, your claim typically will be permanently barred. An experienced car accident lawyer can help you avoid these types of mistakes.
Providing effective legal representation in the full range of motor vehicle accident claims
Because Cleveland auto accident lawyer Joel A. Nash has been representing motor vehicle accident victims for over two decades, our law firm handles the full spectrum of traffic accident lawsuits, such as:
- Drunk Driving Accidents
- Semi-Truck Crashes
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Motorcycle Crashes
- Bicycle-Car Collisions
- Distracted Driving Crashes
- Multi-Vehicle Pileups
- Single Car Road Departures
Call a Cuyahoga County Car Accident Lawyer Today
If you or a family member has been injured by a distracted or careless driver, Joel A. Nash aggressively pursues compensation for injury victims. We offer a free consultation, so we can explain your rights and answer your questions, so call us at (216) 691-3000 or email us.