The population of Fairfield, Ohio is steadily increasing each year. From about 40,000 residents in 1990 to about 45,000 in 2020, the growth may not be explosive but it is constant. While a growing population means more homes and businesses, it also means more people on the roads. Car accidents that leave you or your loved ones with severe injuries can occur even in Fairfield, and when they do, a Fairfield car accident attorney’s assistance can be a crucial factor in what happens next.
Norris Persinger Law has been helping Fairfield residents and those from all over Ohio and Kentucky recover compensation after a car accident. Car wrecks may happen every day, but our car accident attorneys know that yours deserves personalized attention. Your injuries, your goals, and your needs are unique to you, and you deserve an attorney who recognizes this. You deserve Norris Persinger Law.
How common are car accidents in Ohio?
The Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) is just one of several law enforcement agencies that enforce traffic laws and investigate crashes in Butler County. In 2022, there were 12 fatal car wrecks that took place in rural parts of the county, up from the seven that took place in 2021. There were 22 fatal crashes in 2022 that occurred in urban areas of the county, and 17 fatal wrecks in Butler County involved alcohol.
Overall, throughout Ohio the OSHP responded to over 175 accidents that involved at least one fatality.
These numbers do not reflect crashes that only involve damage to property or non-fatal injuries. By May 2022, OSHP had responded to nearly 200 crashes of various types. Throughout the state, over 20,000 crashes of varying severity had been investigated by OSHP within the same time period.
What happens after a car accident in Fairfield?
Some people will be involved in several auto crashes during their lifetime. Others may go decades before they have their first accident. No matter if this is your first crash or your tenth, it can be difficult to know what happens next. Norris Persinger Law is here to guide you through every step of your recovery, from crash to compensation award.
What do I do now that I have been involved in a crash?
One of the first things you will want to do after a car accident is assess yourself and any passengers with you for injuries. If you believe you have suffered serious harm, contact 911 and ask for emergency assistance. You may have sustained a severe injury if you lost consciousness or hit your head. You may also have a significant injury deserving of emergency treatment if you are bleeding profusely, cannot move your arms or legs, or experience tingling or numbness in your extremities.
Severe injuries should be treated promptly at a hospital. If you are not sure of the extent of your injuries, you should still visit a hospital or medical provider and get an evaluation. This would help rule out any internal injuries that have not yet manifested themselves.
No matter how severe your injuries or what treatment you need, make sure you follow your doctor’s orders. Keep any follow-up appointments, abide by any physical restrictions, and take medications only as prescribed.
Should I file an insurance claim with my insurer?
Ohio is an at-fault state, meaning that the person who causes a car accident within the state is responsible for the damage and injuries of others hurt in the crash. Kentucky offers drivers the option of purchasing no-fault insurance or at-fault insurance. In both states, though, it is extremely likely that you will need to file an insurance claim against the at-fault driver’s insurance.
If the benefits available through your or the at-fault driver’s insurance policy is not enough to cover your injuries and losses, you may need to file a lawsuit against the at-fault driver.
An experienced and skilled car accident attorney in Fairfield from Norris Persinger Law can help you with both filing a claim and initiating a lawsuit. We can quickly ascertain what options for recovering compensation are available to you and help you take advantage of them.
When will I see any compensation?
Filing an insurance claim is often the easiest and quickest way for you to receive compensation for your injuries. If you are not seriously hurt, if it is clear the other driver is at fault in the crash, and the other driver has an adequate insurance policy, you could receive compensation within a few weeks of filing a claim.
At Norris Persinger Law, our car accident attorneys are committed to helping you receive the full amount of compensation you deserve for your injuries as quickly as possible. Whether through a settlement, insurance claim, or trial, our attorneys have the skills and knowledge to help you. Contact us today.
What does a car accident attorney help with in my case?
Aside from completing claims forms, filing a car accident lawsuit, and negotiating a settlement, if your case must proceed to trial there are various actions your Fairfield car accident attorney can help you take.
First, your attorney can investigate the cause of your crash, including determining if the at-fault driver was impaired or distracted. Where the other driver is arguing that they were not at fault, a thorough and professional investigation can mean the difference between receiving compensation and not receiving anything at all.
Next, as part of their investigation your attorney can secure the presence and availability of witnesses and evidence to support your claims. These are crucial to proving your case in court, as it can be impossible to prove fault or the compensation you need without either other witnesses or evidence.
Last, your Fairfield car accident attorney can work to ensure you are seeking an appropriate amount of monetary damages to address all of your injuries. This includes compensation for your:
- Medical expenses, therapy costs, and counseling needs
- Damage to your car or other property
- Lost wages, if you are unable to work for a period of time
- Lost future earnings, if you cannot return to your employment because of a permanent disability or limitation
- Mental pain, anguish, and suffering
Norris Persinger Law’s years of experience in representing car accident injury victims means we know how important it is to receive full compensation for your losses. We also know how to pursue these damages for you through negotiations and advocacy at trial.
When should I call Norris Persinger Law?
As soon as possible after you have been involved in a crash, call Norris Persinger Law and ask for help from an experienced Fairfield car accident attorney. We are standing by, ready to get to work for you right away. Do not feel as if you are alone during this difficult time. You have a powerful and compassionate advocate on your side when you retain Norris Persinger Law.