When you’re driving in Dayton, you understand the importance of remaining alert behind the wheel. Being aware of vehicles around you, foot traffic, and keeping your mind focused on the task at hand will reduce your chances of being involved in an accident. However, when another driver acts negligently, there may not be much you can do to prevent an accident. If a negligent driver has injured you in an accident, you can seek legal assistance from a Dayton car accident lawyer from Thomas Law Offices.
Our attorneys fight for our clients to get the justice they deserve. When you’re dealing with a legal matter, having an experienced lawyer at your side can help you ensure your rights are protected. Before learning more about how our firm can help you, let’s go over some examples of negligence that leads to car wrecks.
How Does Negligence Cause Car Accidents?
When drivers make risky decisions behind the wheel, it can often result in an accident. Some common examples of negligent driving include:
- Aggressive Driving. An aggressive driver may drive above the speed limit, follow other vehicles too closely, and weave through traffic. These driving behaviors reduce the driver’s control of the car and limit their reaction time if they should need to quickly reduce their speed or steer to avoid an object. Dayton has had issues with aggressive drivers in the past. The Dayton Police Department cited over 2,000 drivers for aggressive driving in 2016.
- Distracted Driving. Drivers can make other dangerous decisions behind the wheel. Texting and driving, reaching for objects in the passenger seat or backseat, or trying to eat while driving are all distractions that can decrease a driver’s ability to drive safely. It can be tempting to multitask, but this increases the chances of causing an accident.
- Drunk Driving. Some may make the dangerous decision to get behind the wheel when they’re intoxicated. Alcohol or substances can impair a driver’s judgment, vision, and ability to remain in control of the vehicle.
If you were in an accident that wasn’t your fault, the other driver may have been exhibiting one of the negligent behaviors above. However, it’s also important to know that the other driver may not have been at fault, either. Their car may have had a defective auto part. If they were driving and the brakes fail or a tire blows out, they can lose control of their vehicle. While their vehicle failed, it wasn’t because the driver was negligent. In this case, the manufacturing company may be at fault.
While going up against a manufacturing company can seem intimidating, our car accident lawyers will be at your side every step of the way. We’ll investigate the accident to find out how the part failed and how it led to the accident—and your resulting injuries.
It may not be apparent how your accident occurred. That’s why it’s important to have an experienced lawyer as representation. Our lawyers are skilled in analyzing car accident scenes, gathering information from reports, and will find out why your accident occurred.
What Are the Common Kinds of Car Collisions?
Another important aspect of your car accident claim will be identifying the kind of collision you were involved in. Some common types of collisions include the following:
- Rear-End Collision. When a car strikes the back of the car in front of them, it’s called a rear-end collision. This is common in traffic, at red lights, and at stop signs. One of the causes of rear-end collisions is distracted driving. The driver’s eyes are off the road, don’t see the stopped car in front of them, and don’t look up in time before they collide.
- Sideswipe. When two cars are driving next to each other, they may get too close and hit each other. This can be alarming—if both drivers remain in control, they may try to correct their steering to put distance between the vehicles. Unfortunately, one of the drivers could overcorrect and lose control of their vehicle.
- Broadside Collision. Also known as a T-bone crash, this is when a vehicle strikes the side of the car. This is more likely to occur at intersections. A driver turning may misjudge the speed and distance of oncoming traffic or the other driver may not anticipate the car is going to turn.
- Single Vehicle Accident. In a single-vehicle accident, the driver can veer off the road or strike a fixed object like a tree or telephone pole.
- Rollover. When a car tips over, drivers have little to no control over the vehicle. The vehicle can roll into the lane next to them or hit other vehicles on the road. This can occur when a driver takes a turn too quickly or hits an object that lifts the wheels.
Your collision may have been different than the examples above. No matter what kind of accident you were involved in, our lawyers will figure out what happened and who was negligent.
All these kinds of car accidents can cause serious injuries. Let’s take a look at the kinds of injuries that can arise after an auto wreck.
How Severe Are Car Accident Injuries?
Car accident injuries can be devastating. While there’s a chance you could walk away with minor injuries, these injuries will still take time to heal. Some accidents can cause injuries that require hospitalization and a recovery period of weeks or months.
Dangerous car accident injuries include:
- Brain Injuries. The impact of a car accident can make the head jolt forward, get bumped, or otherwise hit. This can result in brain injuries like concussions, swelling, or bleeding. A traumatic brain injury can have permanent consequences that make it difficult to concentrate, remember events, and speak.
- Neck Injuries. If the head snaps back and forth, whiplash can occur. This can be extremely painful and can cause chronic pain.
- Spinal Cord Injuries. If the spinal cord is injured, paralysis can occur below the injury site. Paralysis can be partial or complete. Partial means there’s still some feeling or function below the site. Complete means loss of all feeling and movement.
- Internal Organ Damage. If internal bleeding occurs, the car accident victim may not know it because it’s not always obvious or visible. Internal organ damage needs immediate treatment.
- Nerve Damage. If certain nerves are permanently damaged, the person could lose partial or full function and feeling of the injury site.
- Burn Injuries. If gasoline ignites in the car, the resulting fire can be extremely dangerous. Burn injuries can cause nerve damage and disfigurement.
- Broken Bones. Arms and legs can get crushed in an accident. If the bone is visible from the wound, infection is possible and the injury needs immediate treatment.
- Lacerations. Broken parts of the car like shattered pieces of the windshield can cause dangerous cuts. If debris gets in the wound, it can get infected if not treated.
- Soft Tissues Injuries. Sprains and other soft tissue injuries may not be noticeable at first, but you may notice pain in your wrist, arm, ankle, or leg. These will also need time to heal and may worsen if left untreated.
You should know that after an accident, you may not be aware of your injuries. You could walk away feeling shaken, but fine. This does not mean you’re free of injuries. After an accident, the hormones caused by shock can mask painful symptoms. It could take hours or days for you to notice pain in certain areas.
No matter how you feel, it’s vital for you to see a doctor as soon as possible. They’ll be able to tell you the extent of your injuries and begin starting treatment. Starting your recovery will put you on the path to getting your life back on track.
However, full recovery isn’t always a guarantee. If you sustain particularly severe injuries, you may heal to an extent, but it may not get better after that point. Permanent injuries like the loss of a limb, nerve damage, or paralysis could inhibit your ability to return to your job or to work at all.
When our personal injury lawyers are at your side, we’ll calculate the costs of your injuries. This includes the care you needed up until that point and the care you’ll need in the future. We’ll also look into the work you’ve missed and if you’ll be able to return to work. Your compensation will reflect the injuries and losses this accident cost you.
Get Experienced Representation Today
To give yourself the strongest chance of receiving full and fair compensation, you should have a Dayton car accident attorney representing your case. Get in touch with Thomas Law Offices today. We’ll go over your car accident in a free consultation and assess what happened and how much you’ve lost because of someone else’s negligence.
Together, we can go over your options and find the best way for you to move forward. When you have peace of mind that we’re handling your case, you can focus on your recovery.