Free Initial Consultation | No Recovery No Fee

Your legal rights when you are involved in a motor vehicle accident

You and the Law in Ohio

By Murray D. Bilfield,
Attorney at Law

Your legal rights when you are involved in a motor vehicle accident

A person, who negligently operates a motor vehicle causing a collision, may be required to pay monetary damages (compensation) to the victim(s). The motor vehicles involved could include cars, trucks, motorcycles or buses. To successfully pursue a claim for monetary compensation, the injured party is required to prove that the other driver was negligent. Driver negligence could include, failing to obey a traffic signal, failing to yield on a left-hand turn, or an improper lane change. A driver negligently causing a motor vehicle collision may be responsible for the property damage to the other vehicle and the injuries to the other driver and/or his passengers. The insurance company of the negligent driver is usually obligated, based upon a contract of insurance, to pay the monetary compensation to the injured parties.

A bodily injury claim usually includes the cost of medical care at hospitals, doctors or therapists, lost income or wages, pain and suffering from the injuries, and replacement value or repair costs of the damage to a vehicle. Permanent injuries such as impairment to a leg or arm, loss of a bodily function, or even death, have significantly greater value than lesser injuries such as a sprain.

In Ohio, the time limitation for bringing a bodily injury and/or property damage claim for a motor vehicle collision caused by the negligence of another driver is two-years from the date of collision. If you fail to file the injury claim in Court within that two-year period (statute of limitation), the opportunity to pursue monetary compensation is lost forever. You should take legal action as soon as possible.

Please note that this column contains general legal information and is not intended to provide solutions to specific cases. Every case is different and requires individual review by an attorney of your own choosing, licensed in your state.

Editor’s Note: Murray D. Bilfield is the managing partner of the Cleveland, Ohio law firm of Bilfield & Associates, LLC. Co., L.P.A. Specific questions may be directed to him at 1-800-ABOGADO.

Law Office of Bilfield & Associates, LLC.

6300 Rockside Road, Suite 204,
Independence, OH 44131-2343

Phone: 216-696-LAWS (5297)216-696-LAWS (5297) | Fax: 216-573-9725

Client Testimonials

  • Law Office of Bilfield & Associates

    "Bilfield & Associates, LLC. certainly knows how to help their customers find the solutions needed to clean up their tax issues. I was genuinely amazed with the efforts put forth by the attorneys!"

    — Anonymous

  • Law Office of Bilfield & Associates

    "Murray Bilfield is great! He helped us with daunting tasks while treating us with dignity and respect. His staff is very kind. Both Murray and his staff act with reasonable promptness, with Murray making himself available when we need him. Privacy is a major concern. We feel our privacy is strictly guarded. We would definitely recommend Bilfield & Associates, LLC.!"

    — Anonymous

  • Law Office of Bilfield & Associates

    "Murray Bilfield is a shining light in my IRS problems. Bilfield & Associates, LLC. is knowledgeable about the policies and practices of the IRS and honest in their evaluations of your legal concerns. They are true to their word when they tell you what they are going to do, and their follow-through is superb. You will not be disappointed in their services. You too can be on the road to remedy with the IRS!"

    — Anonymous

  • Law Office of Bilfield & Associates

    "My wife and I appreciate all the help that Bilfield & Associates, LLC. provided to us. The staff and Scott were there for us and able to provide excellent advice throughout our dealings with immigration."

    — RW

  • Law Office of Bilfield & Associates

    "Bilfield & Associates, LLC. were very helpful in my application for Permanent Residency. My husband and I had tried to do it by ourselves and found it to be very stressful and confusing, not to mention the time and money we wasted. The team of lawyers made the process worry-free and I had my Permanent Residency Card in no time at all.Thanks again."

    — SS

  • Law Office of Bilfield & Associates

    "We are very pleased with all of the services. Very professional, very thorough, and extremely helpful with all questions. Everything done in a very timely manner. Would recommend Scott very highly. Experience was very pleasant over all."

    — DK and SL

  • Law Office of Bilfield & Associates

    "Bilfield & Associates, LLC. was very helpful in my mother’s immigration case. Scott Farren went to the extremes in this case to keep my mother here in the U.S.A. He was always great in timing and responding to me and immigration with what was going on with the case. I would strongly recommend Scott Farren of Bilfield and Associates."

    — HS

  • Law Office of Bilfield & Associates

    "I have known Mr. Bilfield for many years. He works hard and has integrity. I was pleased to have him for my attorney recently representing me in a bad auto accident. I was very pleased with the way he and his associate, Scott Farren, handled my case. Their negotiations far exceeded my expectations which resulted in a larger settlement. I would recommend these hard-working attorneys to anyone."

    — JJ

  • Law Office of Bilfield & Associates

    "To whom it may concern:
    I had a serious MVA, resulting in a permanent and painful low back injury. After four years of trying to get my attorney to do something about the claim, my attorney's secretary informed me one day, that he had moved out of state, and that my case doctor had died. The attorney's office could not locate my file. At this time I contacted Murray Bilfield who took over my case. He was able to locate and recover my file from the A Dead Record@ section of the County Courthouse. In spite of these handicaps, Murray was able to revive my case, negotiate with the insurance company, and we were able to settle out the case for 90% of the insurance coverage.
    Without reservation, I would recommend Murray Bilfield, and have, to anyone in need of an excellent, skilled attorney."

    — RK
    Retired Cleveland Police Officer

  • Law Office of Bilfield & Associates

    "For 30 years Murray Bilfield has served me and my family in various types of litigation. He and his associates have always been quick to respond, have been fully engaged in the situation at hand and have always, always displayed an equal amount of professionalism and assurance in the process. In each situation, the A personal touch, hands on@ type of law provided by Mr. Bilfield throughout the years has made our family feel like an extended member of his A legal family@ ... a family that takes care of their own!"

    — DT

  • Law Office of Bilfield & Associates

    "I have known and been a client and friend of Mr. Bilfield for 30 years. He has always helped me resolve many of my legal problems, as well as helped persons I have referred to him. His greatest asset is his integrity. There are no false promises, only truthful advice."

    — NB