Columbus Car Accident Lawyers
Hurt in a car accident in Ohio? If so, Rinehardt Law Firm is ready to help you get justice. We cannot change the fact that you were hurt in an accident caused by someone else’s carelessness, but we can get you the fair compensation that will help you pay your medical bills, replace your damaged vehicle, and move on with your life. At Rinehardt Law Firm, we have more than just one experienced attorney – we have a legal team that is ready to work hard to help you secure the financial compensation you need after being involved in an auto accident. Our team of skilled trial lawyers is assisted by experienced legal support staff. This team approach allows us to come up with more effective solutions for our clients after a motor vehicle accident. Contact our Columbus car accident attorneys today by calling (419) 529-2020.
A Sound Approach to Your Case
When you’re hurt in a car crash, you may not know where to turn for help. You may be worried about paying your medical bills, and you may be struggling financially if you’re forced to miss work. You might not know how you’ll repair your car, or it might be totaled if the accident was especially severe. These concerns are serious and deserve attention from an experienced legal team.
Our auto accident attorneys negotiate aggressively to secure the best settlements for our car accident clients, and they are unafraid to take a case to trial. Attorney John Rinehardt is a certified member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, which means he has recovered verdicts and settlements exceeding one million dollars for some of our clients.
If you or your loved one was involved in an auto accident, we are here to put our experience to work for you. Contact us at 419-LAW-2020 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation today.
We Handle Cases Involving
Our experienced Ohio car accident lawyers have extensive experience handling cases including:
- Distracted driving accidents
- Hit-and-run accidents
- Drunk driving accidents
- Rear End Accidents
- Speeding/Reckless Driving Accidents
- Drugged Driving Accidents
- Rideshare (Uber and Lyft) Accidents
- Intersection and Failure-to-Yield Accidents
- Defective Auto Parts (Including Brake Failures)
- Defective Maintenance
- Defective Roadways
- Design/Manufacturing Defects
If an uninsured or underinsured driver hit you or your loved one, we can also help you navigate auto insurance claims. Many drivers feel helpless after a collision with an uninsured driver, but with the right team of attorneys on your side, it can be easier than you think to get the compensation you need for recovery.
If you have been involved in an accident, don’t talk to the insurance companies. They are in the business of looking out for their own bottom line rather than looking to ensure that you get the financial compensation you need and deserve. They will try to minimize compensating your losses and make you feel helpless in the process. While you may think there’s nothing you can do when the insurance company won’t help, the truth is that experienced attorneys can help you with your case. We can fight to maximize your recovery so that you can move forward with your life.
If you’re unsure what steps to take after being hurt in a car accident or would like some useful information for later use, there are steps you can follow to ensure your accident gets properly documented, analyzed and ready for claim litigation:
- Provided you’re able to move, remove yourself from the wrecked vehicle and check on other drivers. Although injured persons are rightfully upset that another driver harmed them, make sure to put that aside to help those in need.
- Take as many photos as possible, as quickly as possible.
- Phone law enforcement if they’ve not been called already. Stand next to your vehicle until they arrive. If you reported any injuries to 911 dispatch, they’ll dispatch an ambulance and fire truck.
- Once law enforcement has arrived, request an accident report. When giving this report, be as detailed as possible. Once done, the officer will attend to others and collect information from all witnesses to validate your claim.
- Accept medical attention immediately, even if injuries aren’t apparent. Some concussions, internal bleeding, and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) may have delayed reactions, so protect your body. If paramedics believe you should be taken to the hospital, the remaining steps will not apply.
- Wait for law enforcement to release you from the scene.
- Once released, get as much information from witnesses as possible, including names and phone numbers. They may be key witnesses later on.
- If the accident involved a semi or commercial vehicle, get its carrier name and/or vehicle or trailer ID number.
- Take more pictures. Try to capture witnesses, the wrecker taking your vehicle – everything.
- Phone your insurer. Report the accident but keep your dialogue to “information only.” Do NOT answer any questions that seem out of place and wait until you have an attorney before signing anything.
Once you are safe, make sure to phone a Columbus car accident attorney who can help you understand your rights and legal options.
The steps that take place next depend on your condition. If you escaped with only minor injuries or bone breakages, you’ll spend time healing while the accident attorney you phoned above will begin gathering evidence and building your case. Should you find yourself cooped up in some Columbus hospital but are stable enough to talk and eat, have a family member phone an attorney.
Car accident attorneys have one job: getting you compensated. Many steps must be taken prior to speaking with your insurer, most of it involving information gathering and a deep dive into your accident.
As you recover, your attorney will communicate any changes to your case by phone or email. If there’s enough evidence to win at trial, your attorney will attempt to negotiate your settlement based on that notion. If the insurer decided to fight back, expect your case to be tried and decided by jurors.
The amount you may be entitled to will be determined by your attorney’s calculation of:
- Noneconomic losses (pain and suffering, emotional turmoil, stress); and
- Economic losses (your inability to work, medical bills from the time of the accident until now, expected future medical bills, future earnings capacity, personal property damages).
Your attorney will take their calculation and submit it to the insurer in the form of a demand letter. If they refuse to offer a fair settlement amount for your claim, you may need to file a lawsuit and take your claim to court.
To qualify for compensation, courts must have evidence of:
- An accident;
- A negligent party with a duty of care;
- An injured party who was without fault and was injured by the negligent party’s conduct
- Evidence of “cause and effect” stemming from the negligent party’s breach; and
- Damages, which can be economic or noneconomic.
If enough evidence exists and the insurer is uninterested in engaging in a lengthy trial, the attorney will approach the insurer’s counsel to settle before trial. Once all parties sign off on that agreement, disbursement of funds will happen shortly after that, barring any unforeseen delays.
Courts require timely filings complete with facts, witnesses and any relevant information in your case. According to Ohio Revised Code Section 2305.10, accident claims must be filed within two (2) years from the date the accident occurred. If the victim succumbed to their injuries, wrongful death actions must be filed within two (2) years of death OR when the action was determined to be wrongful.
Aggressive Advocacy & Personal Service
Steps that immediately follow your car accident may ultimately decide your claim’s fate. Therefore, it’s imperative that you follow basic accident protocol as discussed above. The more accurately that you can report all events in your car accident, the more likely your settlement will reflect the full impact of your injuries including ongoing symptoms and expected future losses.
Our legal team is available to speak with you about your case free of charge or obligation. Our motor vehicle accident lawyers serve Columbus, Mansfield, and communities across central and north central Ohio. If you aren’t sure what the next steps should be in your case, contact us for a consultation. You don’t have to go through this process alone, and with our team on your side, recovery may be closer than you think. Call the Rinehardt Law Firm at (419) 529-2020 to speak with a lawyer about the specifics of your situation.
Rinehardt Law Firm is the answer to your personal injury. Our team of attorneys and case managers have represented clients in in Columbus and throughout central and north central Ohio for years. We treat every new client as if they were part of our family by providing clear communication, building a strong relationship, and using our experience to provide legal guidance that’s in their best interests. We offer free consultations with no obligation, so don’t hesitate to contact our team about your legal matter.