Jeffrey Johnson is a legal writer with a focus on personal injury. He has worked on personal injury and sovereign immunity litigation in addition to experience in family, estate, and criminal law. He earned a J.D. from the University of Baltimore and has worked in legal offices and non-profits in Maryland, Texas, and North Carolina. He has also earned an MFA in screenwriting from Chapman Univer...

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Ohio Car Accident Law, Lawyers and Attorneys

Car accidents are a fact of life. They happen every day in Ohio. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported 1,238 fatal crashes on Ohio roads in 2006. If you’ve been in a car accident and are looking for information about how to assess your rights and responsibilities and where to go for help, you’ve come to the right spot. Our car accident articles cover relevant issues such as fault, insurance, claims, personal injury, property damage, government liability, and structured settlements. You will also find rules, laws and other information specific to the state of Ohio, and links to Ohio personal injury attorneys, who can assess the value of your claim and provide advice on your best course of action.

Ohio Car Accident Articles:

How an Auto Accident Insurance Claim Works

What is Your Car Accident Injury Claim Worth

Who is at Fault?

Car Insurance and Auto Accidents: Are You Covered?

What You Can Expect to Recover for Property Damage in Auto Accident Cases

Auto Accidents: Options if You’re at an Impasse with the Insurance Adjuster

Car Accidents Involving Government-Owned Vehicles and Government Workers

Structured Settlements

Do I Need to Contact an Attorney After a Car Accident?

Ohio Car Accident Lawyers:

Find an experienced Ohio Car Accident Attorney at AttorneyPages.com

Post your case to a Ohio Car Accident Lawyer (it’s free, with no obligations)

Post your auto accident question on the Free Advice Auto Accidents and Vehicle Claims forum

Article: How a Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help

Special Rules for Ohio Car Accidents:

Ohio Fault: Proportional Comparative Fault. If a driver is more than 50% responsible for an accident, that driver may not recover damages from another driver. Otherwise, victims receive compensation according to their percentage of responsibility; for example, if a driver was 20% responsible for the accident, his or her damages would be reduced by 20%.

Ohio Car Insurance Requirements/Limits: Bodily Injury & Property Damage Liability. Minimum coverage limits by law are: Up to $25,000 covers personal injury of all persons in the car at the time of the accident, subject to a limit of $12,500 for any one individual; up to $7,500 for property damage.

Ohio Small Claims Limits: $3,000

Ohio Personal Injury Statute of Limitations: 2 years from the date of the injury, or if the injury could not have been discovered right away, from the date you discovered the injury.

Ohio Auto Accidents Involving Government Vehicles: Notice to File Against Government: If you were injured in a car accident caused by a government employee, you may sue the government agency —the city or town, county or state, public agency, school—that employs that person.

For claims against the federal government use form 95 and follow the instructions on page 2.

For claims against the state of Ohio, see the Court of Claims of Ohio website for forms and instructions.

For claims against a county contact the local government agency.

For claims against a city, contact the local government agency. For claims against the City of Cleveland, call 216-664-2766. For claims against the City of Columbus, contact the Claims Division. For claims against the City of Toledo, contact the Law Department.

In dealing with accidents involving government entities and workers, be aware that there are special notices that must be filed against the appropriate government unit responsible for your injury within a certain time period (30 days to 180 days) AND before filing a lawsuit. Each entity has its own separate time periods and may differ from your state’s Personal Injury Statute of Limitations for actions against a private party. The rules can be confusing. Check the form you are filling out to find out the time limit for filing your claim. Accident claims involving the government can be complicated. Any mistakes in filing or failing to file on time could result in losing your ability to recover for your damages and injuries. Consult an experienced attorney right away to preserve your rights. See also See also Car Accidents Involving the Government-Owned Vehicles and Government Workers..

Ohio Personal Injury Venue (Where to File Your Lawsuit): In the municipal court located where the defendant (the person you are suing) lives or does business. Alternatively, you might consider filing in a court located where the accident occurred. If you are filing a claim against a government agency and are unsure of which agency is responsible, the most prudent course is to file a separate claim against each. Or contact an Ohio car accident attorney