After suffering injuries in a car accident that resulted from another party’s negligence, your own driving record should not affect your pursuit of compensation.
If the opposing counsel starts citing your driving records, you can have a car accident attorney help. They can help build a case against the at-fault driver to prove they caused the accident. Just because you have had other issues with your driving record doesn’t mean you aren’t entitled to recover compensation from a liable party for your injuries.
Driving Record Impacts on a Car Accident Claim
In Ohio, people who suffer injuries in a car accident can file a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurer. Even if someone has a bad driving record, they still have the opportunity to recover compensation. So you shouldn’t let issues on your driving record stop you from filing a claim.
In some cases, the opposing counsel can try to use your driving record to shift the blame for the accident onto you. If the other party alleges that you’re partially at fault, an attorney can investigate the accident and gather evidence of the other party’s negligence. They may even obtain witness testimony to determine how the accident happened.
How An Attorney Can Help If the Opposing Party Uses Your Driving Record Against You
There are many ways an attorney can help after a car accident, especially if the opposing party is trying to use your past driving record against you. They can explain how your driving record can affect your car accident claim and combat any allegations insinuating you are partially at fault for the accident.
By having an attorney take these steps for you, you can help to avoid your driving record impacting your car accident claim. They can also help you to know the value of your case so you don’t accept anything less than what you deserve during settlement negotiations.
Communicate With the At-Fault Driver’s Insurance Company
After an accident, the insurance company could contact you to discuss the accident. They can handle communications on your behalf. This is helpful because it can give you more time to focus on your recovery and can ensure you don’t say anything that could potentially hurt your claim.
Investigate the Accident
An attorney can review the police reports and evidence from the accident scene. Then, by investigating the accident, they can build a solid case against the liable party. Attorneys can also interview witnesses to learn more about how the accident occurred and who caused it.
By performing this investigation, you have a better chance of showing that you didn’t have anything to do with causing the accident. If you have issues with your driving record, this investigation is crucial.
Identify Your Recoverable Damages
An attorney can determine the value of your case by identifying your recoverable damages. After determining this value, they can send a demand letter to the opposing party with the amount of compensation you seek. Examples of recoverable damages could include:
- Medical bills
- Future medical bills
- Lost income
- Diminished earning capacity
- Diminished property value
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment
Attorneys can identify the damages you could recover through a claim. Some surviving family members could recover compensation if their loved one passed away because of their injuries. They could recover from the losses of having to pay for a funeral, the burial of their loved one, and their end-of-life medical care.
While you and your family honor the memory of your loved one, our wrongful death lawyers can handle your case. You deserve to grieve in peace right now. We can take care of the legal process.
You Have a Deadline for Filing a Lawsuit
Under Ohio Revised Code Section 2305.10, you generally have two years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury lawsuit. If your loved one passed away, you generally have the same amount of time to file a wrongful death lawsuit under Ohio Revised Code Section 2125.02.
Once the two years are up, it can be more difficult to recover compensation.
An Attorney Can Ensure Your Driving Record Doesn’t Affect Your Car Accident Claim
If you’re worried about how your driving record can affect your car accident injury claim, an attorney can help. At The Fitch Law Firm LLC, our team of attorneys can fight for you to recover the compensation you deserve, regardless of your driving record. We have handled many car accident cases and know how to negotiate with the opposing counsel to reach the settlement you desire.
Contact us today for a consultation with our legal team. We can discuss the circumstances of your accident and provide you with your legal options. Our team can also explain further how we can combat any issues regarding your driving record if they arise during settlement negotiations.
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