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Toledo Car Accident Lawyers

At Lafferty, Gallagher & Scott, LLC, we want car accident victims in Toledo and anywhere in Ohio to know that we’re on their side and that they don’t have to accept an insurance company’s definition of the word “fair.” Injured in a car accident, motorcycle wreck, or as a pedestrian? Contact Lafferty, Gallagher & Scott, LLC in Toledo, Ohio, today.

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After any serious auto wreck, proper medical attention is the first priority. However, insurance companies will act fast to protect themselves or to make you a so-called “fair” settlement offer. If this has already happened, talk to our attorneys before signing anything regarding an auto insurance claim. In any event, hiring an attorney to begin investigating the auto accident and preserving evidence is the first step toward protecting your rights and ultimately achieving your best result.

Top Causes of Motor Vehicle Accidents

The statistics regarding auto accidents are startling. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that someone is involved in a motor vehicle accident approximately every ten seconds. According to the Ohio Highway Patrol, 244,485 automobile crashes were investigated in Ohio in 2020.
The causes of motor vehicle accidents vary widely. The following is a list of frequently cited causes:

  • Distractions. Recent developments in hand-held technology can make our everyday activities more convenient, but they can also offer dangerous distractions when we are driving.  The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) reports that drivers who text while driving are over twenty times more likely to be involved in an accident than drivers who are not distracted.  Many accidents are also caused by distracted drivers who are talking on mobile phones, changing CDs or radio stations, or grooming themselves while driving.
  • Driving under the influence (OVI or DUI). Drunk driving or driving under the influence of drugs continues to be one of the top causes of motor vehicle accidents. In Ohio, 597 out of 1,155 motor vehicle accident fatalities resulted from impaired driving in 2019.
  • Environmental conditions. Poor weather and road conditions often contribute to the likelihood of an accident. Bad weather can inhibit the vision of the driver, and decrease traction between the tires and the road surface. It is always recommended to adjust your speed according to visibility and road conditions in order to maintain control of your vehicle.

Frequently Asked Questions

The statistics regarding auto accidents are unsettling. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 36,000 people died in the United States in 2019 as a result of traffic fatalities. Over 1,100 of these people died in Ohio. If you are injured in an auto accident due to the negligence of another individual or entity, it is important to take legal action as soon as possible. Qualified automobile accident attorneys, such as the attorneys of Lafferty, Gallagher & Scott, LLC can guard your interests and help you obtain financial compensation for your injuries. In addition to physical pain, many accident victims face confusion and uncertainty as to what steps to take after receiving medical care. The following are commonly asked questions regarding auto accidents:

Who should I file a lawsuit against in order to recover compensation?

In some cases, accident victims may sue other parties besides the at-fault driver. For example, if the at-fault driver did not own the car, the owner of the vehicle might be liable for your injuries.

Do I have to bring my auto accident case to court?

Not always. Many cases are resolved without going to trial, as settling outside of court avoids the expense and delay of a trial. However, if a satisfactory agreement cannot be reached in a settlement, we do not hesitate to fight for our clients in court.

Where does the money for my compensation come from?

Ohio is a fault state, meaning that insurance companies pay according to the degree of fault of each party. Ideally, the insurance company of the at-fault party pays for your damages. However, if the at-fault party does not have insurance, your insurance policy might provide you with compensation.

It is crucial to contact a qualified Toledo auto accident attorney before signing any agreements with your insurance company after an accident.  Many insurance adjusters are trained to offer you the lowest amount of compensation possible. The attorneys at Lafferty, Gallagher & Scott, LLC fight to ensure that you are fairly compensated.

Trial Lawyers Since 1973

Protect your right to recover fair compensation from a personal injury claim. Call our Toledo, Ohio, law offices or contact us online for a free consultation. Our personal injury lawyers handle car accident claims on a contingent fee basis — you will pay no attorney fees unless we obtain a verdict or settlement in your case.

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All of our partners are AV Peer Review Rated* through Martindale-Hubbell. Out-of-state referrals are welcome for all
areas of practice we handle, including personal injury, workers’ compensation and insurance claims issues.

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