If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, you have probably spent countless hours going over and over the details of the wreck in your head. How did it happen? What was the sequence of events leading up to the collision? Were you at fault, and if so, how much?
These questions are normal, but they often stop people from seeking legal recourse in a time when they need it most. The truth is that there are many more factors that contribute to car accidents than you might think. In addition to human error, your accident could have resulted in part from an automobile defect, poor weather conditions, improper road maintenance, construction, or even a medical condition. It is only by going over every little detail with your attorney that you can begin to piece together the complete picture of the accident.
If you decide to retain the personal injury services at Robert A. Klingler Co., L.P.A. in Cincinnati, Ohio, we will gather canal of the facts to build the strongest case for you. We will explain your insurance coverage and that of the other party or parties so that you can understand your full options for recovery. And we will be by your side every step of the way.
Dealing with the Insurance Companies after Your Accident
After a motor vehicle accident, you will undoubtedly be contacted by the other party’s insurance company, if you haven’t been already. What do you tell them? This is one of the most stressful and confusing things about car accidents.
That is why you need a personal injury attorney on your side. We can be your voice. This is important because what you say or don’t say can have a significant effect on the outcome of your case. Anything you say, any bit of information you give them, can be used against you later on. Do not forget that the other party’s insurance company does NOT have your best interest in mind. They may try to convince you that they want to make the situation right by compensating you in full for the damages their driver has caused you, but they are ultimately protecting themselves. They will try to get by with paying you as little as possible, rather than paying you what you deserve. They will also try to rush you to settle your claim quickly, which doesn’t leave time for the full extent of your injuries to become evident. Before a personal injury claim is settled, the injured person should reach maximum medical improvement; an attorney can monitor your progress and advise you on the right time to settle.
If you have a personal injury attorney, you can and should tell the other party’s insurance company that you will have your attorney contact them to answer their questions and respectfully hang up the phone. When it comes to dealing with your own insurance company, you have a duty to cooperate with them. Likewise, they have a duty to protect you, so you can and should answer their questions honestly.
How to Know if the Other Driver Was Negligent
You might be wondering what constitutes negligence behind the wheel. Speeding is an act of negligence that almost every driver is guilty of at one point or another, and it can cause severe accidents on the road. Distracted driving is another act of negligence that is also very common on our roadways. From cell phones to kids to eating, and everything in between, distractions have become an everyday part of driving for many. It’s true that, in many respects, life has more demands on us now than ever, but that does not excuse negligent driving that causes accidents.
Drowsy driving is also negligent. If a driver cannot stay awake, then that person should not be behind the wheel—period. Impaired driving due to the consumption of drugs or alcohol is a particularly serious form of negligence.
These are just a few examples of forms of negligent driving that could have contributed to your car accident. If you or a loved one has been injured due to another driver’s unsafe driving, you deserve compensation. Call Robert A. Klingler Co., L.P.A. to learn your options. You should not have to suffer because of someone else’s poor choices. We can help you to get your life back on track.
When to Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer
It is critical that you do not wait to contact a personal injury lawyer. In fact, contacting an attorney should be one of the first things you do after your accident. Once you have made sure that all parties involved—including yourself—are safe, and once you have sought medical attention for any urgent needs, you should seek legal advice. The sooner you get a legal professional involved in your case, the better your chances of preserving all necessary evidence from the scene. Each day that passes hurts your case, so call today. To find out more about how Robert A. Klingler Co., L.P.A. can help you, fill out the form to the right to request a free consultation or call (513) 665-9500.