Akron Car Accident Lawyer
Dealing with the aftermath of a car accident can be time-consuming, frustrating, and expensive. Injuries can leave you with considerable, lingering pain, the inability to work, and mounting medical bills. Fortunately, we can help you get the medical treatment you need and the compensation you deserve to get you back on track and back on the road.
An experienced car accident lawyer at Slater & Zurz will handle all aspects of your claim – from start to finish. We will thoroughly investigate the details of the accident and work with our team of experts to determine fault, show the extent of your injuries, and accurately assess your damages. Our legal team will pursue every legal avenue to get you full and fair compensation for your losses.
Car Accident Injuries
Every car accident has unique circumstances that can result in several serious injuries. Injuries sustained in an auto accident include:
- Head trauma
- Loss of limb
- Broken bones
- Neck and back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Muscle and joint damage
- Wrongful death
Dangerous Intersections in Akron
According to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), more than 50% of all car accidents occur at or near an intersection, resulting in more than 2.5 million crashes each year. Left-turn crashes, rear-end collisions, side-impact crashes, head-on collisions, and sideswipes are common accidents at intersections. But in some cases, particular intersections have a much higher incidence of accidents. Some of the most dangerous intersections in Akron include:
- Broadway St. and Thornton St.
- Maple St. and Rhodes Ave.
- Cedar St. and Akron General Ave.
- Maple St. and Cedar St.
- Tallmadge Ave. and Brittain Rd.
Car Accident Claim Compensation
A car accident can be a costly ordeal. You are often left dealing with medical expenses, lost wages, and the cost to repair or replace your vehicle. But if you have been injured in an accident caused by another party’s negligence, you are entitled to compensation. Our Akron car accident lawyers can calculate your past, present, and future damages and fight for a full and fair recovery. An auto accident claim generally involves both economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages – These damages compensate the injured party for their monetary losses and out-of-pocket expenses that resulted from the accident. Examples of economic damages include:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Vehicle repair or replacement
Noneconomic damages – Losses that are not easily defined in monetary terms are referred to as non-economic damages. They aim to make the claimant “whole” by providing compensation for damages that are not financial in nature. Noneconomic damages include:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Impairment, disfigurement, and disability
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of enjoyment
Get the compensation you deserve. Contact Slater & Zurz today by calling 888.534.4850.
Seeking Medical Treatment for Your Injuries
After a car accident, your health is the top priority. It is important to be evaluated by a medical professional to identify and treat any injuries sustained in the crash. It is always a good idea to see a doctor even if you feel fine because, many times, symptoms can be masked by the rush of adrenaline and the state of shock most people experience after being involved in a car crash.
To receive maximum compensation for your injuries, it is essential to follow all of your doctor’s instructions and follow through with all of the care he or she prescribes. Sticking to your doctor’s treatment plan will also show the true nature and extent of your injuries, strengthening your claim and maximizing your chances of obtaining the compensation you deserve.
Collecting Evidence for Your Car Accident Claim
To receive a maximum recovery, it is essential to obtain any and all evidence supporting your claim. Evidence can prove liability and show the nature of your losses. Vital evidence in a car accident claim includes:
- Medical records
- Police report (traffic collision report)
- Eyewitness statements
- Photos and video of the scene of the accident, damage to your vehicle, and your injuries
Obtaining a Police Report after a Car Accident
To protect yourself and strengthen your case, always call the police after an accident and obtain a copy of the police report for your records – regardless of how serious the accident seems. The police report contains valuable information about the accident, including:
- The accident’s date, time, and location
- Weather, roadway, and visibility conditions at the scene
- The contact and insurance information of all parties involved
- Vehicle damage details
- Statements from all parties involved
- Eyewitness statements
- A diagram of the accident
- Citations or violations of the law
- The officer’s opinion as to the cause of the accident
- Determination of fault
We are here to fight for you. And we are ready to start now. Schedule a free consultation today at 888.534.4850.
The other party’s insurance company offered me a settlement. Should I accept it?
No. If you received a settlement offer without having legal representation, the amount is most likely far less than what you are entitled to. Insurance companies offer settlements in the hopes of getting you to settle before you learn how much your claim is really worth. If you accept their offer, you could lose the opportunity to seek additional damages. Before taking any offer, contact an experienced Akron car accident lawyer who can accurately assess the value of your claim.
Am I entitled to compensation for future medical care?
Absolutely. If your injuries require future medical treatment, such as additional medical procedures, rehabilitation therapy, and in-home care, you are entitled to compensation for those expenses. In many cases, future medical expenses far exceed the initial costs of medical treatment. In addition, you can recover for your future loss of earnings or earning capacity. Our experienced car accident attorneys will skillfully calculate the costs for all past, present, and future losses so that you can receive the maximum recovery.
How is a car accident lawyer paid?
At Slater & Zurz, we handle all of our car accident cases on a contingency fee basis, which means if we don’t win, you pay us nothing. If we successfully recover on your behalf, we are reimbursed with a portion of the settlement. And because we believe everyone has the right to speak to an attorney, we offer a free initial consultation with absolutely no obligation.
How much time do I have to file an Ohio car accident claim?
In the state of Ohio, there is a two-year statute of limitations for car accident injury claims. This means that if you have been injured in a car accident caused by another party, you have two years to file a claim. There are, however, some exceptions, so we highly recommend speaking with a knowledgeable car accident lawyer to see if you may still be able to file.
Qualified Legal Representation for your Akron Car Accident Claim
Navigating through the car accident claims process can be challenging. It is both stressful and frustrating dealing with the insurance company’s tactics, knowing their goal is to get you to settle for less than what you deserve. But you do not have to go through this process alone. We are qualified and ready to take the burden off of your shoulders, so you can focus on recovering from your injuries.
With over 100 years of collective experience, you can rest assured you have a knowledgeable and dedicated legal team on your side. We will assist in every step of the claims process by:
- Answering all questions and concerns you may have
- Promptly updating you on the status of your claim
- Investigating the accident to recover evidence that strengthens your claim
- Working with our team of experts, including accident reconstructionists and medical professionals, to prove fault and show the true extent of your injuries
- Handling all communication with the insurance company and negotiating skillfully to obtain full recovery
- If a favorable settlement can’t be reached, advocating aggressively in court on your behalf
- Being there whenever you need us, even after your case has settled
At Slater & Zurz, we fight hard for every one of our clients – regardless of the value of their claim. We are here to guide you through the process and fight diligently to get the much-needed compensation you are entitled to. For a free consultation with our car accident lawyers in Akron, call us at 888.534.4850, fill out our simple online form, or chat with our representatives online.