Columbus Lawyers Serving People Hurt in Car or Truck Accidents
We can demand justice and compensation for you
Accidents can happen fast in Columbus. In an instant, you or a loved one can sustain a serious injury due to a reckless or negligent driver. Suddenly, you might need weeks or even months to recover. You might not be able to work. Your medical expenses can add up fast. In addition, all the bills you normally have to pay (rent, car payment, etc.) keep coming in.
What should you do? Contact Mani Ellis & Layne, PLLC and put the power of an experienced Columbus car accident attorney to work for you. Our knowledgeable legal team knows how to handle complicated cases involving truck or car accidents in Columbus and throughout Ohio. We’re familiar with the challenges that often arise, and we’re prepared to do the work that needs to be done to do the job right.
Our legal team has a strong track record of success. Our law firm’s partners are each members of the elite, invitation-only Million Dollar and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forums, based on the sizable settlements and verdicts we have secured for injury victims and their families. Each one of our three, main attorneys has also received an AV Preeminent® rating in personal injury law in the Martindale-Hubbell® legal directory. We’re the law firm you want when you’ve been injured in a crash in Columbus.
Why do accidents happen in Columbus?
Collisions caused by other drivers in Columbus happen for many different reasons. Some of the most common causes often involve speeding or distracted driving, including texting while driving. Other times, drivers behave irresponsibly, whether it’s drunk driving or falling asleep at the wheel.
Distracted driving has continued to be a major cause of serious and fatal car accidents in Ohio. Distracted driving means that the driver is preoccupied with anything that distracts them from operating a motor vehicle safely. Talking or texting on a cellphone, eating, and other types of distractions continue to cause accidents that have lasting repercussions for both the driver of the car and accident victims. Self-driving technology and the continued and constant use of cellphones have only increased the risk of these types of accidents occurring. To get a sense of the full scope of the problem in Ohio, the Ohio State Highway Patrol maintains a Distracted Driving Dashboard.
Whatever the cause of your crash in Columbus or elsewhere in Ohio, don’t underestimate the complexity of your case. Make sure you talk to an attorney as soon as possible to learn more about all the legal options available to you.
Types of claims we handle in Columbus
Our law firm handles a wide range of claims involving crashes caused by other drivers in Columbus and throughout Franklin County. Some of the most common cases we handle often involve rear-end or head-on collisions. We also work with people hurt in T-bone or intersection accidents, as well as with families dealing with a fatal crash.
When it comes to collisions caused by commercial truck drivers, other types of crashes are also common, especially when tractor-trailers and other large trucks are involved. In such cases, you may be dealing with a rollover, underride or jackknife accident on Interstate 71, I-270 or another nearby road or highway.
This is just a small sampling of some of the claims we frequently handle at our firm. In each case, we take the time to find out exactly what happened. Different types of cases often require different strategies. That’s why we never take a one-size-fits-all approach. We take the time to find out exactly what happened to you. We will then work tirelessly to create a strategy that best suits the circumstances for your specific case.
What makes accident claims so complicated?
You might think your claim will be straightforward. This is especially true if the other driver clearly caused your collision. Unfortunately, many crashes caused by other drivers often turn out to be complicated legal cases. Some of the reasons why include:
- The at-fault driver denies doing anything wrong.
- The other driver claims you were the one who caused the collision.
- The other driver doesn’t have insurance or is underinsured.
- The at-fault driver’s insurance company denies your claim.
If your crash was caused by a commercial truck driver, you may encounter different challenges, including:
- The truck driver’s trucking company refuses to cooperate with the investigation.
- Several different companies may be at fault, including:
- The trucking company the truck driver works for.
- The company that owns the trailer, which is often different for tractor-trailers.
- The company that loaded the truck.
- The company that packaged the contents of the truck.
- The truck driver’s insurance company denies your accident claim.
Don’t try to tackle your accident on your own. Get an experienced Columbus car accident lawyer to level the playing field. Our dedicated legal team can demand the compensation you need and make sure your case receives the attention it rightfully deserves.
Dealing with complicated legal situations on your own can be overwhelming. Even knowing where to start might not be clear. That’s why we want to guide you through this complex process from start to finish. Whether it’s helping you fill out forms, making sense of your official accident report or filing a lawsuit on your behalf, you can count on us when it matters most.
In addition, we know how to investigate commercial truck accidents. We know how to deal with trucking companies and can demand access to important information, including the “black box” data (speed the truck was traveling, when the truck driver last took a break, etc.) from the truck that caused your collision. We leave no stone unturned in pursuit of justice.
How much is my claim worth?
Because of the seriousness of many injuries sustained by drivers, passengers or pedestrians, many claims turn out to be significant. Depending on the severity of your injuries, the length of your recovery and many other factors, your claim could be worth tens of thousands or several million dollars.
It’s also important to remember that your claim should cover all your expenses, now and in the future, including:
- Emergency medical care
- Ambulance fees
- Hospital fees
- Follow-up doctor’s appointments
- Physical therapy
- Car repair or replacement costs
- Replacement income during your recovery
- Lost future income if you cannot return to work
- Pain and suffering, in certain circumstances
The stakes are high when it comes to many claims. Insurance companies and their attorneys know this. That’s why they often take a tough stance and do everything they can to deny your claim.
We can fight back for you. We know what evidence to look for. We know what strategies work. We know how to negotiate. We know the games insurance companies often play. They don’t intimidate us. If they refuse to cooperate, we will not hesitate to file a lawsuit or take other legal action on your behalf. If necessary, we can prepare your case to go to court in Columbus or wherever your accident occurred in Ohio. We won’t back down when the work gets tough.
Put your trust in a car accident lawyer who puts your needs first. Contact us.
Don’t wait to take legal action. The clock is running. In most cases, you only have two years from the date of your accident to take legal action in Ohio, including filing a lawsuit. This deadline is known as the statute of limitations. The sooner you take legal action in most cases, the better.
Make the most of your opportunity for justice. Contact Mani Ellis & Layne, PLLC and schedule your free consultation with an experienced Columbus car accident attorney who cares about you. We want to help you rebuild your life.