Auto Accident Lawyers Serving Ohio & Kentucky
Being injured in an automobile accident can often be an overwhelming experience. Your vehicle may need substantial repair leaving you without transportation, you may have missed some time from work and you may have been injured to the point of requiring medical attention. It often seems that before you even have a chance to catch your breath, some insurance adjuster is calling wanting you to sign forms that you may not completely understand and give a recorded statement. All of a sudden, you are expected to know the meaning of terms like “Med-Pay Coverage” and “Underinsured Motorists Coverage.” You need to know what to do and how to protect yourself and our Cincinnati car accident lawyers can help!
You do not have to sign anything
If you were injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be contacted by that person’s insurance company and asked to sign certain forms and provide a recorded statement. You are not required to do either. You may not want to give an interview or recorded statement without first consulting with an attorney. The statement may ultimately be used against you. Keep in mind that if you have insurance, your insurance policy probably requires you to cooperate with your insurance company and to provide a statement to the company. If you fail to cooperate with your insurance company, it may void your coverage. You do, however, still have the right to promptly contact an attorney and seek counsel before providing such a statement.
Your interests versus interests of insurance company
Your interests and those of the other person’s insurance company are in conflict. In certain situations, your interests may also be in conflict with your own insurance company. Even if you are not sure who is at fault, you should contact your own insurance company and advise the company of the incident to protect your insurance coverage.
There is a time limit to file an insurance claim
Legal rights, including filing a lawsuit, are subject to time limits. You should ask what time limits apply to your claim. You may need to act immediately to protect your rights.
Make and keep records
If your situation involves a motor vehicle crash, regardless of who may be at fault, it is helpful to obtain a copy of the police report, learn the identity of any witnesses, and obtain photographs of the scene, vehicles, and any visible injuries. Keep copies of receipts of all your expenses and medical care related to the incident.
The auto accident attorneys at Barron Peck Bennie & Schlemmer are accessible to you and have extensive experience in handling all types of injury claims, including claims that arise from car accidents. Whether you have been involved in a simple fender bender and are trying to deal with all of the aggravation stemming from the accident, or whether you have unfortunately suffered a more tragic injury or loss, our lawyers provide personal one to one counseling to educate and guide you through the process of pursuing a claim for the compensation to which you may be entitled. We are conveniently located in Oakley and can make arrangements to meet with you after normal business hours, if necessary. If you have been involved in an auto accident and wish to discuss your rights, contact Barron Peck Bennie & Schlemmer today.