Columbus car accident lawyer

Columbus Car Accident Lawyer

Strong advocacy for those injured in auto accidents in Ohio

Drivers along Interstates 70, 71, National Road, and all other Columbus highways and roads have numerous accidents every day. Just one speeding driver, intoxicated driver, or distracted driver can change your life forever or end the life of a loved one. Drivers and all other responsible parties should be held liable for the serious injuries they cause. For many victims with brain injuries, spinal cord damage, or other life-altering injuries, their lives are never the same after the accident.

Experience matters. Preparation matters. Persuasiveness matters. At Soroka & Associates, LLC, our personal injury lawyers have earned the respect of insurance companies, defense lawyers, and former clients for our impressive record in the courtroom and through negotiations. Our Columbus car accident lawyers work with investigators, the police, and traffic reconstruction experts when necessary to help show how the crash happened and who is responsible. We work with your doctors to understand the full scope and severity of your injuries, and present that information to juries on your behalf. Contact us today to get started.

Did you know?

In 2021, 1356 people died in vehicle accidents in Ohio. More than half of the fatalities were due to driver intoxication.

What types of car accidents do your Columbus trial lawyers handle?

At Soroka & Associates, our lawyers have the experience and resources to handle any type of car accident claim. Our trial lawyers represent victims in and around Columbus in the following types of car accidents:

  • Head-on crashes
  • Broadside collisions
  • Rear-end collisions
  • Intersection accidents
  • Single-car accidents
  • Two-car accidents

We also represent anyone who is injured due to defective car parts (such as faulty brakes) and roadways that were designed improperly or were not properly maintained.

What are the causes of car accidents in Columbus?

One of the leading causes of Columbus car accidents is driver negligence. This can take many forms, including:

  • Texting while driving, using a smartphone, eating drinking, or looking at a GPS system
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, which can cause a driver to lose control of his/her vehicle or fail to respond to emergencies
  • Driver fatigue
  • Speeding, running red lights, failing to merge properly, and other traffic violations
  • Driving too fast for weather conditions or for traffic conditions

Not all collisions are the result of negligent drivers, however. Driver inexperience can lead to a crash, as can a medical emergency. Other causes include defective car parts and dangerous roads/road design.

What types of injuries do car accidents cause?

Drivers and passengers are likely to be thrown about the car or into each other when accidents happen, leading to serious injuries. Pedestrians and bicycle riders who are fortunate enough to survive a car accident often have devastating injuries. Soroka & Associates represents car accident victims who have catastrophic injuries including:

Our Columbus car accident lawyers also fight for victims who have permanent and substantial physical deformities and any physical functional injury that permanently prevents the injured person from being able to independently care for themselves and perform life-sustaining activities. Many victims who have catastrophic or permanent injuries often need psychological help as part of their rehabilitation.

We work with your medical team and our own network of doctors to fully understand your medical diagnosis, all the medical care you will need for the rest of your life, your medical expenses, and every way your injuries are preventing you from living the life you led before the accident.

In the most tragic cases, a crash can be fatal. We file wrongful death claims on behalf of the families of a loved one who died in a Columbus car accident.

Who is liable for a car accident in Columbus?

We fight to hold all responsible parties liable for your injuries or the death of a loved one. The defendants often include one or more of the following:

  • The driver
  • The owners of the vehicle driven by the negligent driver, if the driver did not own the vehicle
  • An employer of the driver
  • Manufacturers of defective car parts
  • The Ohio Department of Transportation or other agencies that may have failed to maintain the roadways or designed the roadway improperly
  • A seller of alcohol to a minor or someone who was visibly intoxicated if that person’s intoxication caused the accident

Other people and businesses may also be liable. In some cases, multiple drivers may be liable.

To hold a defendant liable, it is necessary to show the defendant was negligent or failed to protect you in a way that was required by law. Our lawyers examine the accident site, examine, the damaged vehicles, question everyone involved, and take many other steps to show a driver was irresponsible.

What steps should I take after a car accident?

There are several key requirements after any car accident. You should seek medical help as soon as possible – usually at a local emergency room. Victims who can, should take photos and videos of the accident site, the cars, and themselves. If you or a passenger is able to call the police, do so; this ensures there is a record of the event. You should also speak with our experienced Columbus car accident lawyers as quickly as you can.

While you do need to notify your own insurance company of an accident, you should never discuss the accident claim with the insurance companies for the defendants. We will speak to these carriers for you.

How much is my Columbus car accident claim worth?

Our Columbus personal injury lawyers pay attention to all the small details that help make for large verdicts and settlements. Paying attention means documenting all your medical bills, wage losses, and property damage. It also means documenting the types of injuries you have and the medical care you’ll need. Each car accident case is different. Victims are entitled to claim the following damages (which may be subject to caps that our lawyers will explain):

  • Medical bills. These include ambulances, ER care, surgeries, hospital stays, rehabilitative care, assistive devices, and medications.
  • Lost income. This amount includes lost wages, lost business income, and lost benefits for as long as you cannot work at the level you did before the accident.
  • Pain and suffering. This amount includes your pain, aches, itching, anxiety, distress, loss of life’s pleasures, loss of function, and other human damages.
  • Scarring and disfigurement. Victims with burns, amputations, and other visible injuries are entitled to compensation for their pain and emotional suffering.

We also claim damages for any property damages and loss of consortium. In inexcusable cases, such as when a drunk driver caused your injuries, we seek punitive damages.

If a spouse, parent, or child died in a Columbus car accident, we can seek additional damages through a wrongful death claim.

When do I need to file my car accident claim?

Generally, victims have two years to file personal injury claims in Ohio. Some shorter (and longer) exceptions may apply.

We recommend that you contact us as soon as possible. We need to investigate the accident site, speak with police, and talk with witnesses while the evidence and memories are fresh. The sooner we work with you, the sooner we can help you.

Do you have a car accident lawyer near me?

The Columbus office of Soroka & Associates is located at 503 South Front Street, Suite 205. Please call us if you have any questions about directions. If your injuries left you unable to travel, we can come to you.