Injuries from motor vehicle accidents are among the most common of all personal injuries. With millions of people commuting to work on a daily basis, injuries are all but inevitable. While some of these may be unavoidable, too many are caused be negligence or recklessness. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, "A statistical projection of traffic fatalities for the first half of 2013 shows that an estimated 15,470 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes."* When people are injured because of another's careless conduct, they need to be compensated so they can heal as best as possible.
Our attorneys at Johnstone & Gabhart, LLP, are prepared to take more than 50 years of combined experience to work on any motor vehicle accident in West Virginia, Ohio or Kentucky involving:
- Car accidents
- T-bone/pullout accidents
- Pedestrian and cyclist injuries
- Commercial vehicle accidents
- Trucking accidents
- Improper loading
- Truck driver fatigue
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bus accidents
- Hit-and-run accidents
- Drunk driving accidents
- Texting while driving
- Uninsured/underinsured motorist accidents
Our comprehensive knowledge and experience in litigation allows us to approach each case in our clients' best interests. By working directly with our clients and undertaking the needed investigation for every case, we prepare ourselves for any negotiation or courtroom situation. We have helped hundreds of clients obtain millions of dollars and the justice they have deserved.
Dealing With Insurance Companies
In the aftermath of a car accident, everything can seem like a blur. An ambulance, a police car, an emergency room, urgent phone calls to family members may all seem to whirl by. Meanwhile, an injured person is likely to be in pain, in shock and/or unconscious. As soon as injuries are stabilized - or even sooner - you may be met by insurance company representatives. Whether they are from your own insurance company or the insurance company that covers a car or truck that collided with your vehicle, beware!
Before you know it, an insurance investigator or claims adjuster may ask you to give statements - and ask to record those statements. Insurance company representatives may ask you to sign a release in exchange for a quick settlement offer. Do not be surprised to hear, "You don't need to hire a lawyer." Be careful!
- Remember that in many or most cases, insurers' objective is to save money. They will most likely try to limit the benefits they pay out.
- Recorded statements that you make can be used against you in settlement negotiations or in court. It is too easy to make a mistake or hurt your case without realizing it.
- Once you sign a release and/or accept a settlement check, there are no "do-overs." You may learn too late that a company refuses to pay to fix your car or questions whether medical treatments recommended by your doctors are medically necessary.
Get the information you need from an advocate with your best interests in mind. As soon as possible after a car accident, a free initial consultation with a lawyer is one of the best steps you can take to make sense of what is happening. An attorney on your side can explain processes and procedures, interact with insurers on your behalf and help protect your rights.
Contact Us For A Free Consultation
Once you decide to work with an attorney at Johnstone & Gabhart, LLP, we can take the burden of communications with insurance companies off your shoulders. Your medical bills will go through our law firm. We will be the ones to communicate with insurers and medical care providers on your behalf. Our 50-plus years of experience allow us to confidently guide you through the process of pursuing maximum available compensation for you.
Learn what to expect in a car accident case and how we can help. To get in touch and schedule a free initial consultation with our lawyers, call 304-553-0830 or email the firm.