Have you been injured in a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence? Has the insurance company refused to settle your claim? Or has their claims adjuster undervalued your claim? If so, you may need to speak with experienced Monroe car accident lawyers from Kruger & Hodges.
Ohio Car Accident Laws
In Monroe and throughout Butler County, you have up to two years to file a car accident lawsuit in a civil court. This explains the importance of contacting a Monroe car accident attorney if you or your loved one has suffered significant injuries in a car accident caused by a negligent driver. Two years might seem enough on paper, but time flies fast, and the last thing you want is to have your case dismissed for failing to honor such crucial deadlines and not because the other party is innocent.
It is also important to note that Ohio applies the ‘modified comparative fault’ rule. Per this rule, you cannot recover any compensation if you were more than 50 percent responsible for the accident. Of course, the defense team will always try to take advantage of this rule, and that is one of the reasons you need an experienced car accident attorney to fight for your rights – aggressively – in and out of court.
Monroe Car Crash Statistics
In just the first half of 2022, the Ohio State Patrol investigated at least 260 car accidents and 176 OVI/DUI incidents in Butler County alone. These numbers show how frequently car accidents occur in this city.
What to do After a Car Accident
Knowing what to do after a car accident can significantly influence your case. Here are some important tips to guide you:
The first thing you need to do after an accident is to call 911. If you or your loved one has suffered severe injuries, you should request an ambulance at the accident scene.
Also, remember to request a police officer at the accident scene. The officer will write a police report, which includes essential details about the accident, such as the names of the parties involved, their contact information, insurance information, vehicle registration numbers, and so much more.
Request Medical Assistance
If you suffered serious injuries from the accident, request immediate medical assistance. And even if you do not feel any pain or discomfort, you must still see a doctor no later than 14 days after the accident.
Seeing a doctor is the best way to determine whether you suffered any internal injuries. In addition, the other party’s insurer will not believe your version of the story if you do not seek medical attention. Instead, they will claim that you were not injured in the first place, and you will have a rough time proving them wrong.
Notify the Other Party’s Insurance Provider
If the accident occurred due to the other party’s negligence, you must notify them about it as soon as possible. However, do not discuss the accident in detail. Rather, focus only on basic information such as the date, time, and location.
Do Not Accept the Initial Offer From the Insurer
The other party’s insurance provider will likely offer a quick settlement to settle the case. However, chances are, the settlement offer is way less than what you deserve. For this reason, accepting the initial settlement offer is never advisable because doing so waives your right to seek additional compensation in the future.
Contact a Car Accident Attorney
If you or your loved one has suffered significant injuries from the accident, a Monroe car accident attorney can help. At Kruger & Hodges, our car accident attorneys have decades of experience handling these cases. All you have to do is contact us for a free case evaluation, and we’ll discuss your legal options.
How Does the Car Accident Claim Process Work?
In Monroe and throughout Ohio, the car accident claims process begins with the initial filing. This is something our attorneys can help you with after evaluating your case. Since Ohio is an at-fault state, you can file a claim against the party responsible for the accident.
We will investigate the accident and determine liability. In some cases, more than one party may be responsible for the accident.
Once we’ve identified the liable party, we will file a claim with them. Our attorneys will then help negotiate a reasonable settlement on your behalf. And if the liable party is unwilling to settle, they will see us in court.
Do I have a Valid Case After a Car Accident?
Contacting an attorney is the best way to establish whether you have a case. Our attorneys will evaluate the specifics of your case to determine its validity.
How Do I Choose the Best Monroe Car Accident Lawyer for Me?
There’s no doubt that there are many car accident law firms and attorneys in Monroe. But, despite the many options available, you need an attorney or law firm that will fight for your best interests. When looking for such a lawyer, consider the following factors:
What is their experience handling car accident claims in Monroe?
Do they have any results to show?
Do they have any references you may contact?
Will they handle your case or outsource it to another law firm or attorney?
Are they willing to go to court if the other party refuses to cooperate?
How do they charge for their services? Is it on a contingency basis, hourly, or any other arrangement?
How Kruger & Hodges Can Help After Your Car Accident
If you or your beloved has been injured in a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence, the K&H Monroe car accident lawyers can help. Our attorneys have years of experience fighting for the rights of car accident victims in Monroe, Middletown, Eaton, Hamilton, and the surrounding areas. In addition, we are known for being trustworthy, compassionate, and accessible.
Call our Middletown office at 513-805-9841 anytime, Monday through Sunday, to speak with someone who cares about you and is willing to fight for your rights.