Car accidents can cause devastating injuries that make you miss work and incur a pile of medical bills, all while you’re trying to heal and work out the accident with your insurance company. You don’t have to file a claim on your own. Exploring your legal options may take some of the stress away from dealing with a car accident. A Cincinnati car accident lawyer from Thomas Law Offices can help you with your claim and fight to get you the compensation you deserve.
Thomas Law Offices protects the rights of Ohio citizens and will do everything to help them recover damages they’ve suffered. We understand how serious car accidents can be and know how to carefully investigate the case to determine what caused the accident, how it hurt you, and who is liable for your injuries.
Cincinnati Car Accident Statistics
According to the Ohio Department of Public Safety 2016 Traffic Crash Facts, Ohio had 305,964 traffic crashes. About 1,133 people lost their lives and there were more than 112,000 injuries. Even with cars with more advanced technology that helps detect other cars around them or brake faster than the driver, the number of car crashes and the consequential deaths, injuries, and property damage is high.
The following statistics involve the crashes that happened in Cincinnati that year:
- There were 17,733 total crashes.
- 31 crashes were fatal.
- 3,749 were injury crashes.
- 13,953 crashes caused property damage.
Cincinnati crashes involving alcohol:
- There were 438 alcohol related crashes.
- 9 crashes involving alcohol were fatal.
- 178 alcohol related crashes caused injuries.
- 251 crashes caused by alcohol resulted in property damage.
Negligent drivers need to be held accountable for their actions when they recklessly endanger the lives of others on the road. Filing a claim could make them realize the gravity of their behavior and prevent them from making these poor decisions again.
Types of Car Accidents in Cincinnati
When people think of a car accident, they may imagine a person not braking in time and hitting the person in front of them. But there are many kinds of car accidents that have varying degrees of injuries. Some may cause a bump or bruise while others cause injuries that require hospitalization. Car accidents can involve other modes of transportation as well. A car collision can include other motor vehicles like trucks and motorcyclists, but they can also happen with people who aren’t operating a motor vehicle like cyclists and pedestrians.
Common Cincinnati car accidents include:
- Head-On Collision. These are one of the most dangerous car crashes because the drivers are facing each other when they collide. This could happen from someone driving the wrong way on a road or losing control if they turn at an intersection with too much speed.
- Rear-End Collision. This is probably the one most people think of when they hear about a car accident. Drivers who are speeding or not paying attention to the road don’t have enough time to safely brake, so they end up hitting the car in front of them. The severity of the crash depends on the driver’s speed.
- Single Vehicle Accident. Drivers can crash into pedestrians or run off the road and hit things like houses, signs, and telephone poles. Pedestrians can obtain major injuries because they have no means of protection.
- Multiple Vehicle Accident. These accidents involve more than two vehicles and can potentially cause many injuries. Busy highways are a common place for a multiple vehicle accident to occur. One person may make a mistake and crash into another car, but the other cars around them may not be able to react in time and are either hit or collide with the original car.
- Side Impact Collision. These crashes occur when cars are turning into oncoming traffic. The injuries for this kind of crash can be serious because the driver or passenger could get the full force of the crash.
Other car crash types include side swiping and parking lot collisions. Each of these types of car accidents can cause a lot of pain and damages. You
What Causes Car Accidents in Cincinnati?
The most cautious driver may not be able to avoid a collision with a dangerous driver. Many of the reasons car accidents happen is because of driver error. When drivers cause accidents due to negligence, it means that the accidents are preventable had they acted competently. These people should not be able to potentially endanger the safety and lives of others around them without facing consequences.
Common causes of car accidents include:
- Distracted Driving. Drivers who try to multitask while driving are forfeiting their focus on their surroundings and total control of the vehicle. One of the largest distractions is the driver’s cell phone. Drivers try to text, call, and check social media while driving. Other distractions include changing the radio or trying to eat and drink.
- Ignoring Traffic Laws. A driver who isn’t following traffic laws like speeding, running red lights, refusing to stop at stop signs, or yield right of way.
- Aggressive Driving. Drivers who are tailgating or weaving throughout traffic increase the chances of a collision.
- Driving While Intoxicated. When drivers have been drinking alcohol or under the influence of drugs, their ability to drive is severely affected and it’s likely they will get in an accident.
- Issues with Vehicle. Sometimes an accident isn’t the driver’s fault. Sometimes car manufacturers produce faulty or defective products. A driver could experience an issue with the brakes, steering wheel, their engine, or another part of their car that takes away their control of the vehicle.
Drivers have a responsibility to others on the road called a duty of care. This means they’re supposed to obey traffic laws and remain alert while driving. Failing to do this increases the chances of causing a car accident and puts others at risk of getting terrible injuries.
Common Car Accident Injuries in Ohio
Car accident injuries range from minor to severe, but even the mildest injuries can disrupt your everyday life. It’s imperative to always go to the doctor for an evaluation if you’ve been in a car crash. Symptoms can sometimes take hours to days before they appear.
Waiting or not seeing a doctor after a car crash could affect your chances of getting full compensation because your injuries may get worse over too much time—you’ll be in more pain and the recovery time may take longer. There could be instances where not going to the doctor could result in chronic pain for the rest of your life.
The following are common car accident injuries:
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Injuries to the head and brain can have disastrous affects on a person’s ability to communicate, remember things, and may change their personality to more irritable. Severe TBI can limit a person’s use of arms and legs.
- Spinal Cord Injury. These injuries have the potential to be catastrophic—meaning they’ll have permanent consequences. Spinal cord injuries can result in paralysis and limited mobility.
- The sudden stop of a crash can make someone’s neck rapidly jerk back and forth, leaving the person with symptoms like dizziness, headaches, a stiff neck, and more.
- Broken Bones. The impact of a car accident can potentially have enough force to shatter bones.
- Lacerations or Loss of Limb. A car accident can cause some major cuts and bruises. In severe crashes, it’s possible someone could lose a limb.
- Psychological Trauma. People may not know about the psychological toll a car accident can have on someone. They may develop mental illnesses like depression or anxiety, or could also develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
These injuries can put people in the hospital where they may have to undergo tests, procedures, or go on prescriptions to deal with the pain and recover. Over time, the medical bills can stack up and cause a lot of financial stress. Your Cincinnati car accident lawyer will calculate the costs of your medical expenses and fight to get you compensation that will help cover these costs.
After an Ohio Car Accident
What you say and do immediately after a car accident can affect how your claim will go. It’s important to know what you need to do after the accident so you can protect your rights and not give insurance companies any reason to give you less compensation than you deserve.
After a car accident, you should:
- Provide Help to Others. If you are able, check to see if you can help anyone that was involved in the accident. If you or anyone else needs immediate medical attention, call 911.
- Contact Authorities. You should still call the police even if there isn’t a medical emergency. They will provide an unbiased account. Their investigation of the accident could help your claim later.
- Don’t Apologize. Right after the accident, you may want to say that you’re okay or that you’re sorry to the other person involved in the crash. It’s important that you don’t say these things. While it’s normal to want to convey that you’re okay as in you don’t need to be life flighted anywhere, you could still have some painful injuries and are not as okay as you think. Apologizing may seem like a way to say you’re sorry this situation is happening at all, but to a lawyer it could be seen as you admitting guilt for the accident.
- Give an Accurate Report. When giving any account of the accident, only report the truth. Don’t guess or add details because this could hurt your case. If you honestly don’t remember a part of the accident, which is understandable because they can happen so quickly, you can say so.
After these steps, it’s time to contact a car accident lawyer so you can get started on your claim. Personal injury claims often have a statute of limitations of two years since the date of the accident. Waiting could possibly risk missing the limited window of time that you have and you won’t recall as many details months or a year after the accident.
How a Cincinnati Car Accident Lawyer Can Help You
The aftermath of a car accident can turn your life upside down. Taking time to heal from your injury, visiting doctors, and dealing with the expenses can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Thomas Law Offices can provide the help you need so you can focus on your recovery.
You can meet with one of our lawyers in a free consultation to go over your case. Contact our office today so you can have peace of mind that you’re protecting your best interests.