Dual Fatal Single-Vehicle Wreck on Ohio Turnpike
Few details were available after an SUV left the road, killing two people and seriously injuring several others.
According to Ohio State Highway Patrol investigators, a 29-year-old Maryland woman apparently lost control of her vehicle which careened over an embankment and slammed into a tree. She was seriously injured and airlifted to a Cleveland hospital.
Two injured passengers were also airlifted to hospitals. Two other passengers were declared dead at the scene.
Why Should I File a Personal Injury Case?
We get this question a lot, especially if the victim was a passenger in the tortfeasor’s (negligent driver’s) car. Frequently, victims don’t want to “blame” a driver for an “accident,” especially if a public or private health insurance company paid most or all of the victim’s medical bills.
Right off the bat, civil claims do not blame anyone for anything. Criminal courts assign blame and punishment. Civil courts compensate victims. Facts are facts. A catastrophic (life-threatening) injury could cost more than $150,000 in economic losses alone. At best, health insurance companies only cover part of that amount. Victims shouldn’t have to pay the balance from their own pockets.
Additionally, most car crashes and other personal injuries are not “accidents.” People accidentally leave the lights on. They don’t accidentally fly off the road. When we make mistakes and hurt people, we should always accept the consequences of those mistakes. For various reasons, tortfeasors usually don’t step up and do the right thing. When they don’t, a Columbus personal injury lawyer must get involved.
Finally on this point, most group health insurance policies exclude injury-related costs. When the company discovers the source of the bills, it often demands reimbursement for any money it paid. That demand puts the victim in an even worse financial position.
How Do I Find the Best Personal Injury Lawyer?
Ohio has one of the largest number of lawyers per capita in the United States. Almost any of them could obtain some compensation in a simple personal injury claim. Unless you’re willing to settle for less and are satisfied with an attorney who’ll look for an easy way out, look for a lawyer with:
- Experience: Most personal injury claims aren’t “simple.” They involve advanced legal theories, like respondeat superior employer liability and negligence per se. Inexperienced lawyers may be familiar with these terms. But they don’t know how to make these legal theories work for victims.
- Dedication: If your stomach hurts, you probably need to see a gastrointestinal doctor instead of a general practice doctor. Likewise, if you or a loved one was hurt or killed in an accident, you need to see a Columbus personal injury lawyer and not a general practice lawyer.
- Accessibility: Professional accessibility means that your lawyer, and not a less-experienced associate or non-lawyer staffer, addresses your questions and concerns. Furthermore, many injury victims have physical mobility issues. So, your lawyer should be accessible and offer multiple meeting times and places.
Search diligently, but do not search too long. Injury victims in Ohio have a limited amount of time to act.
Connect With a Hard-Working Franklin County Lawyer
Injury victims are entitled to substantial compensation. For a free consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney in Columbus, contact the Oliver Law Office. Attorneys can connect victims with doctors, even if they have no insurance or money.