A car accident in Mansfield, Ohio, could leave you with a mountain of bills and devastating injuries. You have a right to pursue full compensation from the at-fault party after a car accident; however, you need an attorney to help prove their negligence.
Mansfield car accident lawyer Kyle Wright of Kademenos, Wisehart, Hines, Dolyk & Wright Co. LPA has extensive experience handling personal injury cases throughout Ohio. With his legal knowledge and determination to see you made whole, he’ll help you Make it Wright. Contact our office today by calling (419) 524-6011 to schedule a free consultation.
How We’ll Help You Recover After an Accident
This could be your first time going through the insurance claims process. Our Mansfield car accident attorneys can help:
- Investigate Your Case – Our attorneys will thoroughly investigate the details of your case and recruit an accident reconstructionist, if necessary, to determine the root cause of your crash.
- Gather Evidence – Photos and videos, eye-witness testimony, expert witnesses, and medical records are just a few of the many pieces of evidence we’ll use to strengthen your claim.
- File an Insurance Claim – We’ll personally handle all aspects of your claim with the at-fault insurer and help you file a lawsuit if necessary.
- Negotiate with the Insurance Company – Insurance companies rarely negotiate in good faith, so we’ll ensure you receive fair compensation for how your accident impacted your life.
- Prepare for Trial if Necessary – While many insurance claims settle, your case may need to go to trial if we can’t reach a fair settlement.
We Handle All Types of Car Accidents
No matter what accident you experienced, we have the resources to determine the cause and who might be liable. The type of accident you were in could help determine fault. You might have been involved in one of the following types of car accidents:
- Head-On Collisions – These accidents could occur when an at-fault driver traveling in the opposite direction goes left-of-center and veers into your lane.
- T-Bone/Intersection Accidents – Running red lights or failing to stop at a stop sign could result in a T-Bone accident.
- Rear-End Accidents – Distracted driving and speeding could cause a rear-end accident.
- Drunk Driving Accidents – Intoxicated drivers are unpredictable. Their erratic driving could be the leading cause of your car accident.
- Side-Swipe Accidents – These accidents occur when two drivers heading in the same direction drive next to each and one driver veers into the other’s lane. Texting and other forms of distracted driving could cause a side-swipe accident.
- Hit-and-Run Accidents – The at-fault driver could have left the scene, leaving you unsure of how you’ll recover from your injuries.
Mansfield Car Accident Injuries
Car accidents could produce life-threatening injuries that require prompt medical attention. You might have suffered one or more of the following injuries:
- Broken Bones
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Joint Injuries
- Back Injuries
You might not feel the full extent of your injuries immediately after your accident. However, that doesn’t mean you should forgo medical treatment. Getting a medical evaluation helps ensure you don’t have any masked injuries and provides documentation that could strengthen your injury claim.
Car accidents might be so severe that they cause the untimely death of a loved one. If that’s the case, we’ll help you file a wrongful death claim to recover compensation for burial costs, loss of financial support, and other damages.
What Compensation Can You Recover After a Car Accident?
At Kademenos, Wisehart, Hines, Dolyk & Wright Co. LPA, our goal is to help you pursue compensation for all the ways your accident has impacted your life. That means you could be entitled to both economic and non-economic damages, including the following:
- Medical Bills
- Lost Wages
- Diminished Earning Capacity
- Increased Insurance Costs
- Physical Pain
- Mental Suffering
- Diminished Quality of Life
Who’s Liable for a Mansfield Car Accident?
Many parties could be at fault for your accident and resulting injuries. To find who’s liable, your attorney must prove the at-fault party’s negligence caused your accident.
To prove negligence, your attorney must show that the at-fault party owed you a duty of care, breached that duty, this breach of duty caused your accident, and your accident resulted in damages.
The following parties could be at fault for your car accident:
- The Other Driver – Driving distracted, fast, or drunk are all examples of how another driver could be found negligent
- Auto-Parts Manufacturer – If a defective car part caused your accident, the company that manufactured the car could be liable
- Municipalities – Cities are responsible for ensuring all roads are free of hazards and defects. If a road defect caused your accident, the city might be liable
Ohio Car Accident Laws
Ohio has specific laws regarding fault in car accidents and the minimum insurance requirements all drivers must carry. Your attorney can explain how these laws apply to your case.
Ohio’s comparative negligence laws state that the compensation you receive from your car accident settlement is reduced by the amount of fault you share for the incident. So, let’s say that you were found to be 10% at fault for your accident and recovered $100,000. In that case, you’d only receive $90,000. If you’re 51% or more at fault for your accident, you won’t be able to recover any compensation.
Ohio Is an At-Fault State
Ohio is an at-fault state for car accidents. This means the person at fault for your car accident must cover the damages. This also allows you to file a lawsuit against the at-fault party if necessary.
All Drivers Must Have Car Insurance
Ohio is one of the many states that require all drivers to carry auto insurance. The Ohio BMV states that drivers must have the following coverage:
- $25,000 for injury or death of one person
- $50,000 for injury or death of two people
- $25,000 for property damage
What if the Other Driver Doesn’t Have Insurance or Leaves the Scene?
Despite the legal requirement, many drivers still don’t have car insurance. In other situations, drivers leave the scene and commit a hit-and-run. Uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage could help you in both cases. In this scenario, your attorney will help you file a claim with your own insurance company to recover the compensation you need to pay for your damages.