Earlier this year in Lorain, a driver going west on West 23 ran a stop sign, then spun out after being hit by another car crossing the intersection at Oakdale. Both cars involved spun out, but the driver who ran the stop sign struck two pedestrians when she lost control of the vehicle, killing one and seriously injuring the other. The drivers of both vehicles were also injured. A news report stated that alcohol may have been a cause of the crash.
A car accident is one of the most harrowing experiences most people will ever go through. For minor accidents, many people choose to handle the accident with an exchange of information rather than to risk paying higher insurance premiums. But with a major crash, when there’s maximum property damage, serious injuries and sometimes fatalities, we count on our insurance carriers to have our backs financially.
Unfortunately, even though insurance companies like to rake in big money month after month in premiums when it comes to paying claims they will do anything they can to reduce or deny the amount of money they have to pay out to accident victims. If you trust the at-fault driver’s insurance company to offer you a fair amount of money to cover your injuries and property damage, you will probably be in for a huge and shocking disappointment. The more serious your injuries are, the harder the insurance people will work to reduce or deny your claim.
Don’t Say or Sign Anything Until You Consult an Accident Attorney
Isaacs & Isaacs personal injury law firm employs attorneys who used to work for the other side, in insurance defense. We are well aware of the strategies and tactics insurance companies use to keep from paying out claims when there’s been a disastrous accident with serious injuries. The first thing they will do is send out a team of accident scene investigators when there’s been a major car wreck. They are not there to objectively analyze what caused the accident. These investigators are there to deflect liability away from their client and find any evidence they can to show that another driver was at fault.
If anybody asks you a question at the scene of the car wreck or at the hospital, the smartest thing you can do is tell them to speak with your personal injury attorney. Ohio is a comparative negligence state. If the at-fault driver’s insurance company can prove that you are at least partly responsible for the accident, they can reduce the amount they pay you for your claim. Do not say anything about:
- What you were doing at the time of the accident
- How fast you were driving
- Anything that may be wrong with your vehicle
- Discuss your injuries
Anything you say can be used against you later on, no matter how friendly and helpful the person asking you questions seems to be. If the at-fault driver’s insurance carrier can prove you were 51 percent responsible for the wreck, they can deny your claim completely.
Isaacs & Isaacs Car Accident Lawyers Will Fight for You
When you call us for help after a major car crash, we send out our own skilled team of accident scene investigators. We will gather the evidence to prove that you were the victim of a negligent driver before it disappears. We will protect you from the insurance people, and we will not allow them to skew the police investigation.
If necessary, we will file a car accident lawsuit to gain access to evidence and records that could build a strong case and force the insurance people to offer you a fair settlement. If a defective auto part such as a malfunctioning airbag or faulty brakes contributed to your injuries, the manufacturer can be held strictly liable. We will find out what happened to cause the accident, and we will demand maximum compensation from all liable parties.
Ohio allows punitive damages to punish intentional negligence. If the accident was caused by a drunk or otherwise impaired driver, we will go after them in court. We want to make sure these people pay so that others will think twice about driving impaired.
You Don’t Have to Have Any Money to Enlist Our Help
Isaacs & Isaacs personal injury lawyers don’t think injured people should have to pay in order to get fair compensation for their suffering. We think the party who caused your damages should have to pay, and we will demand the maximum compensation the law allows. We will bear the cost of investigation, and if it comes to that, litigation. You don’t owe us anything until and unless we negotiate your settlement or win your case!
We are on call around-the-clock to respond rapidly to major emergencies. If you aren’t sure whether you have a valid case or claim, give us a no-obligation phone call. We will be happy to listen to your story and answer your questions. Call our hotline at 800-800-888, or fill out our online form for a free consultation and case evaluation with an experienced and aggressive Isaacs & Isaacs car accident lawyer. You don’t have to face this nightmare alone.