Voted "Best Law Firms" by U.S. News
Most car accident injury claims end up settling out of court, but good settlements don't happen by accident. From initial investigation through final presentation, our Cleveland car accident attorneys prepare every case to win in front of a jury. That makes a difference when negotiating on your behalf. Car insurance company lawyers know that the cases we bring have been thoroughly prepared and have merit in court.
For our exceptional representation for accident and injury victims, we've been voted "Best Law Firms" by U.S. News. Since 1946, injured motorists and their families have been coming to us for the legal representation they need against some of the largest, most powerful auto insurance companies and auto manufacturers in the world.
Should I Get An Attorney After A Car Accident?
The insurance company responsible for your losses won't be looking out for your interests. They have stockholders to protect. Our Cleveland, Ohio, car accident attorneys have decades of experience preparing winning settlements and trials. Come to us first. We'll show you how knowledge, experience and skill add up to effective and efficient personal injury representation.
We represent clients in all types of automobile accident injury claims, including:
- Car accidents caused by drunk drivers
- Accidents caused by defective auto components or safety equipment
- Pedestrian and bicycle accidents
- Car accidents caused by a negligent truck driver
Comparative fault laws in Ohio
When it comes to car accident liability states either follow a “fault” system or a “no-fault” system. In fault states, the driver responsible for an accident is the one liable for any resulting damages. In a no-fault state no matter who was at fault, either party is eligible to file a claim with their own insurance to recover compensation for any injuries. Because of this law, drivers in no-fault states are required to carry a special type of insurance called personal injury protection (PIP) coverage. Ohio is a no-fault state, this can be beneficial to injury victims as it allows them to file a personal injury claim against a negligent driver more easily.
What about cases where more than one party is responsible for an accident? Ohio follows a "modified comparative fault" law when it comes to accidents with multiple at-fault parties. This means that as long as you are not more than 50% at fault for an accident you can still pursue compensation. In this case, your percentage of responsibility will be determined, and any compensation recovered will be reduced by the same percentage. If you were injured in a car accident it is best to act quickly. Ohio has a two-year statute of limitations on car accident cases. This means you have two years from the date of your injury to file a claim or you may lose your right to compensation.
What Damages Are Available After an Accident?
There are three main categories of damages available in a car accident claim, economic, non-economic and punitive. The first kind is called economic damages and it compensates for financial losses that occur as a result of the injuries you sustained such as missed days at work, medical expense or loss of earning capacity. Non-economic damages also seek to compensate for losses incurred however this type of damages compensate for more abstract losses such as pain and suffering and mental anguish.
Non-economic damages are sometimes called general damages since the compensation amount is typically a general number instead of an actual cost such as a medical bill. Punitive damages are meant to punish the negligent party after an accident and are therefore not often awarded. Punitive damages are usually only awarded when it is proved the defendant knew their actions would cause harm but did so anyway such as in a drink driving accident.
Schedule a Free Case Review with a Car Accident Attorney in Cleveland
Speak with a Cleveland auto accident attorney from Spangenberg Shibley & Liber LLP. Our contingency fee policy allows clients to receive help without worrying about the financial aspect of their cases. No recovery, no fee. Learn more by scheduling a free case evaluation with our legal team.
Call Spangenberg Shibley & Liber LLP today at (216) 600-0114 for a free consultation. Our car accident lawyers in Cleveland are here for you.