Highway Accident Frequently Asked Questions

Highway Accident Frequently Asked Questions


What Should I do Immediately After a Dayton Highway Accident?

In the immediate aftermath of a highway accident, you should call 911. Even if no one has suffered any apparent injuries in the highway accident, it is important to have police document the crash.

What Information Should I Obtain at the Accident Scene?

If you are able, you should try to obtain:

  • Names and contact information of all motorists involved in the crash.
  • License numbers for all vehicles involved in the crash.
  • Names and contact information of all witnesses and passengers at the crash site.
  • Insurance information for all involved drivers.

Should I Obtain Any Other Information from the Accident Scene?

If you are able, you should try to collect photographic evidence from the accident scene using your cell phone camera, including:

  • Any vehicles involved in the accident.
  • Photos of the accident scene taken from different locations.
  • Photos of injuries.
  • Photos of damaged items.

Should I Seek Medical Attention?

Even if you feel fine, it’s probably a good idea to get checked out at the emergency room following a highway accident. Many injuries do not manifest symptoms immediately. Waiting too long to see a doctor could also jeopardize any personal injury claim you might later want to pursue.

Should I Contact My Insurance Company?

Yes. Most insurance companies actually require that policyholders notify them immediately of an accident. You do have the right to have an attorney present when you talk with your insurer.

What About Insurers for the Other Drivers Involved?

No. You are not obligated to speak with the other drivers’ insurance company. Any information you provide could be used to dispute your claim. Your best course of action is to contact a personal injury attorney before you have any contact with insurance companies covering other drivers in the crash.

When Should I Contact a Personal Injury Attorney?

You should contact a highway accident attorney as soon as possible, ideally immediately after the crash. Retaining an attorney quickly will prevent the insurance company from treating you unfairly, and you stand a much better chance of obtaining all of the compensation the law says you deserve.

Will I Need to File a Lawsuit and go to Court to Obtain Compensation for My Highway Accident?

While many highway accident lawsuits are settled before this point, it’s best to have an attorney on your side who will be ready to go to court should the insurance company refuse to treat your claim fairly. If the insurer knows your attorney won’t flinch from going to court, it’s more likely to approach your claim in a reasonable way.

Can I Recover Damages Even if I was Partially at Fault for Causing the Accident?

Yes. Under Ohio’s law of comparative fault, if more than one person causes an accident, the fault is shared by all of the responsible parties.

Is there a Time Limit for Filing a Highway Accident Lawsuit in Ohio?

Yes. The statute of limitations governing Ohio highway accident claims generally require that plaintiffs file personal injury or wrongful death lawsuits within two years of the date of the accident.

Legal Help for Dayton Highway Accident Victims

If you or someone you love has been injured in a Dayton highway accident, there is help available. The compassionate and aggressive Dayton highway accident lawyers at Wright & Schulte LLC are ready to be your voice during this difficult time in your life. It costs nothing to talk to one of our Dayton highway accident lawyers, and you’ll be under no obligation. Simply fill out our online form, or call 937-435-9999 to schedule your free initial consultation today