Car crashes are a common occurrence in Columbus. In just one night there were three car crashes with four fatalities, including one felony hit and run. In the first crash, which happened early in the evening, the driver lost control of his vehicle, hit the guardrail on the I-270 overpass and went over the edge, landing on its top on Morse Road below. The out-of-control car hit two other vehicles during the accident, but nobody else was hurt. In another crash, a speeding car taking the ramp from I-670 West to I-71 South slid sideways and hit the rail, killing the driver and the passenger. In the third crash, a driver struck and killed a pedestrian who was walking on the road in the right lane of I-70, then kept on driving. None of the victims in these crashes knew what was going to happen when they got in the car. A car wreck can happen at anytime to anybody.
Who is at Fault in a Car Accident? – A Conversation With Darryl Isaacs
Attorney Darryl Isaacs sat down to address questions about car accidents and fault in a recent radio episode of “Ask The Hammer,” the podcast exploring the legal matters that matter most. Play the episode directly below.
Hi, I’m attorney Darryl Isaacs. In my decades of helping car accident victims, I have learned one thing: insurance companies don’t always want to be fair. They are eager to rake in the premiums, but when it comes time to pay money out, it’s like Mark Twain said talking about bankers, they lend you an umbrella when it’s sunny, and take it back when it rains.
If you’ve been injured in a car wreck, you’ll probably need to hire a car accident lawyer to obtain the fair settlement you deserve. Statistics show that people who hire legal representation will receive many times more compensation than those who try to negotiate with an insurance company on their own. This is because insurance adjusters spend a lot of time estimating how low a settlement you will likely take or, in street vernacular, how easy it will be to jack you around.
Isaacs & Isaacs Personal Injury Lawyers Will Fight for You!
Isaacs & Isaacs employs attorneys who used to work in insurance defense, and we are well aware of their tactics. As soon as they are notified that there’s been a major accident with injuries and maybe fatalities, they send a team of skilled accident scene investigators out. The investigators are not there to objectively assess what caused the accident and who is liable. Their job is to find evidence pointing blame away from their client and towards the other drivers. They have been known to point police towards evidence that could implicate other drivers and distract police from any evidence that could show their client is responsible for the crash.
Isaacs & Isaacs auto accident lawyers have our own seasoned team of accident scene investigators, and we will be at your side following a major accident once you give us a call. We will protect you from the insurance people and also guard your interests with the police investigation. There’s a lot at stake in major accidents, and you cannot afford to try to negotiate a fair settlement with insurance on your own.
Don’t Say Anything or Sign Any Papers Until You Talk to a Lawyer!
If you’ve suffered a major injury, the liable party’s insurance may offer you a settlement right away. They usually only do so if they’re nervous. In exchange for the settlement, they will ask you to sign a release of liability form. If you sign their paper without consulting a car injury lawyer, you will not be eligible for any future compensation from either their insurance or your own. This is because your insurance company will collect any money they pay you for your injuries related to the accident from the liable party’s insurance carrier, and they cannot do so if you sign a release of liability form. With some injuries such as traumatic brain injury, you won’t know how bad you are hurt until days, weeks or months later.
It Won’t Cost You Anything to Enlist Our Help
Isaacs & Isaacs personal injury lawyers will represent you on a contingency fee basis. You don’t pay us anything until and unless we win your case. In some horrific accidents, insurance won’t begin to cover the compensation you will need to pay for all your damages. A third party may be liable, for instance, if the accident was caused by a faulty car part, such as the brakes. We will investigate the cause of the accident and determine who all is liable, and if necessary, we will file a lawsuit in civil court to go after third parties who may be held liable for your injuries. We have the resources to bear the cost of litigation until your case or claim is successfully resolved.
We Are on Call 24/7 to Assist You in Your Emergency
Our attorneys are on call around-the-clock to respond rapidly to major accidents. You have nothing to lose by placing a no-obligation phone call to speak with an accident attorney as soon as possible. The sooner you call, the faster we can be there to help you. If you are not sure if you have a valid claim or what to do next in your emergency, you can give us a call now at 800-800-888, or fill out our online form for a free consultation and case evaluation with a dedicated and aggressive Isaacs & Isaacs motor vehicle accident attorney. We are here to help.
What to Do in a Car Accident Checklist
Car accidents are violent events. If you’ve been in an accident you are scared, in shock and may not be able to think of what to do. We have compiled a handy checklist you can print out to keep in your glovebox or just open if you are at an accident scene. The checklist tells you what to do to be safe, help others at the scene if you can, and protect your case or claim.