A car accident can leave you severely hurt, angry and confused. In fact, it is not uncommon to lose your bearing amidst the chaos that follows a car crash. If you are involved in an accident that is not your fault, however, it is important to note that you do not have to deal with the resulting economic and non-economic damages alone.
If you are planning to pursue damages, then it is important that you understand these three things.
Time is not on your side
Every state has a time limit within which you can bring a personal injury claim against the liable party. This is known as the statute of limitations. It is in your best interest that you act within the statute of limitations period. In Ohio, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is two years. The clock begins to run from the date of the accident.
Reporting the accident is important
Sometimes, the other party might want to settle things without involving the police. However, this can be a costly mistake. Per the state’s laws, you are required to report any car crash that results in death, an injury that requires medical attention or property damage in excess of $1,000. In failing to report the accident and obtaining a police report, you might have a difficult time suing the other party for damages.
Your contribution to the accident counts
Pretty much every car crash has something to do with one or both parties acting negligently. In Ohio, damages are awarded based on each party’s contribution to the accident. This is known as pure comparative negligence. Per this doctrine, you can recover damages as long as you are not 50% or more to blame for the accident.
A car accident can turn your life upside down. If you are a victim of a car crash, take the appropriate steps to safeguard your rights. Contact one of our experienced personal injury attorneys to learn more about your options.