Vehicle Accidents

Vehicle accidents are the most common types of personal injury cases.  Being seriously injured from a vehicle accident is a both a traumatic and painful experience.  A personal injury claim arising from a vehicle accident often includes numerous medical bills as well as physical and emotional pain and suffering.  Many times, the pain and suffering is permanent, meaning you will have to deal with these personal injuries for the rest of your life.  Having an experienced Ohio personal injury attorney is a necessity when seeking to obtain the compensation you deserve for the damages incurred by a vehicle accident.  The attorneys at the Law Offices of Bergman & Yiangou are here to protect you and ensure that you recover this personal injury compensation.

columbus_vehicle_accident_tow_truckWhat are my personal injury rights?

If you are involved in a vehicle accident, you may be entitled to personal injury benefits above and beyond what the insurance companies are willing to offer.  In order to determine if you are entitled to additional benefits, you should consult an experienced Ohio personal injury attorney who will assess all of the facts of your case.  Ohio law provides that every person who operates a motor vehicle must exercise “reasonable care” while operating a vehicle.  When a person fails to exercise reasonable care, he or she can become accountable for their negligence if the negligence results in or causes injury to another person or property.

How should I make my personal injury claim?

Three factors must be met in order to make a claim for personal injury compensation.  First, you must prove that the opposing party failed to operate a vehicle with reasonable care and was, in fact, negligent.  Secondly, you must show that person’s negligence was the direct cause for your personal injuries.  Lastly, you must prove that you suffered damages.

What constitutes personal injury damages?

The most common types of damages that can be recovered include:

  • Loss of wages due to injury
  • Property damage such as the replacement of a vehicle
  • Recovery of medical expenses
  • Physical and mental pain and suffering

How long do I have to make a personal injury claim?

Ohio law requires a person make a personal injury claim within a specific period of time.  This is known as the statute of limitations.  The statute of limitations for personal injury claims can vary depending on the type of claim being made.  However, if you are seeking to make a personal injury claim for lost wages, recovery of medical expenses, pain and suffering, or a claim for property damage, the statute of limitations is typically two years.  The time begins from the date of the accident so it is important that you have an experienced personal injury lawyer evaluate your case as soon as possible.

Who is liable for the personal injury damages I have suffered?

It is a given that you can sue the person directly responsible for the vehicle accident.  Other liable parties may not be so evident.  If the person responsible for the vehicle accident was involved in the accident while working, his or her employer can also be found liable.  An experience personal injury lawyer can determine if there are additional liable parties.

If you have a personal injury claim due to a vehicle accident, please contact the Law Offices of Bergman & Yiangou to discuss your case with our experienced attorneys.  Our attorneys handle all types of personal injury cases arising from all forms of vehicle accidents, including car accidents, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian and bicycle accidents, and truck accidents.

If you feel you are entitled to damages from a vehicle accident, please contact our office immediately to review your case with our experienced personal injury attorneys.