Accidents are sudden and unexpected, and when they happen, the lives of innocent victims are sometimes changed forever. Many different types of accidents can result in serious physical, mental, and emotional injuries. The majority of accidents that happen in Defiance are completely preventable, and they only happen due to the negligent, or careless, actions of another person.
If you have been hurt in an accident, you may be able to hold negligent parties liable for paying compensation to cover your losses. Unfortunately, the claims process is not easy to navigate, and there are many obstacles to obtaining the full and fair settlement you deserve. Our Defiance injury attorney can advise on your case and ensure your rights are upheld.
Accidents can happen in multiple ways. Our experienced attorneys have helped victims after many different types of accidents, including:
The law in Defiance, as throughout the rest of Ohio, recognizes that sometimes more than one party is to blame for an accident. For example, a driver may speed through an intersection and slam into another driver who was texting while driving and fails to see the negligent motorist. Both parties would share fault, and each would be assigned a percentage of the blame. The driver should not have sped through the intersection, but the other motorist may have seen them in time to stop if they were not texting while driving.
Under the comparative fault law in Ohio, accident victims can still file a claim against liable parties if they are less than 51% at fault. Any damages awarded, though, will be reduced by the same percentage of fault. The driver who sped through the intersection may be assigned 80% of the blame, while the texting motorist would be assigned 20% of the fault. The driver who was texting can still file a claim against the speeding motorist, but any damages they obtain will be reduced by the same 20%.
It is not uncommon for liable parties to claim an accident victim was at least partly at fault, so they do not have to pay as much in damages. A Defiance injury attorney can fight back against these arguments so you obtain the full damages you deserve.
If you or someone you love has been hurt due to someone else’s negligence, our Defiance injury attorney at Lafferty, Gallagher & Scott are here to assist with your claim. Our experienced attorneys will conduct a thorough investigation, collect the necessary evidence to strengthen your case, and challenge any arguments that you were to blame for your injuries. Call us now or contact us online to schedule a free review of your case.
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