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Car Accident Attorneys in Cincinnati, OH
Auto Accident Lawyers, can they help? An experienced and resourceful Cincinnati car accident lawyer can assist you in more ways than one. The Queen City – Cincinnati – is home to nearly 300,000 residents within the city and an estimated 2.1 million residents within its metro area according to the 2010 U.S. census. This makes Cincinnati Ohio’s third-largest city. Founded in 1788, several major interstates run through and around Cincinnati including I-75, I-71, and I-275.
Despite the presence of these multi-lane highways, many streets and roads in downtown Cincinnati and in the many suburbs of Cincinnati result in a large number of cars being traveling in very close proximity to one another. This means that Cincinnati drivers and those who must drive through Cincinnati are at a significant risk of being involved in a car crash.
Cincinnati Car Accident Attorney – Statistics
The Ohio Department of Public Safety maintains statistics and data concerning vehicle accidents that occur throughout the state. Between January 2014 and December 2014, the Ohio Department of Public Safety determined that:
- There were a total of 11,442 crashes;
- This number included 2,803 injury crashes resulting in 3,922 injuries; and
- This number also included 21 fatal crashes resulting in 22 fatalities; and
- A total of 8,618 car crashes that resulted only in damage to property.
These statistics demonstrate a sobering truth about car crashes: oftentimes a single crash can result in multiple injuries or fatalities. As experienced car accident lawyers we recognize that this means not only are you at risk of being injured or killed in a car accident, but so are any passengers who are riding in your car.
Common Causes of Cincinnati Car Crashes
Some car crashes are truly accident: unavoidable and unforeseeable. More often than not, however, car crashes are the result of one or more individuals who have behaved in a careless or reckless manner. A professional car accident lawyer will tell you that determining the precise cause or causes of your car crash is an essential step in concluding whether you are able to bring a car crash lawsuit against other individuals or entities in order to recover compensation for your injuries.
A Cincinnati car accident may be found to be the result of:
- Distracted driving: Texting while driving takes the driver’s eyes and attention off of the road and other vehicles thereon. If the vehicle is traveling at 55 miles per hour, the car can travel as far as the length of a football field in the time it takes the driver to read a single text message. An car accident lawyer will explain that texting while driving is only one type of distracted driving. Drivers can be distracted because they are carrying on a conversation with another person (either a passenger or someone on the telephone), attending to noisy, rambunctious, or fussy children, or because they are searching for that perfect tune on the radio. Taking one’s attention off of the various tasks associated with driving – even for a brief moment – is a careless act that can result in a car crash.
- Impaired driving: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and other organizations such as MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) maintain statistics that tend to indicate that the national incidence rate of impaired driving is decreasing. While this is good news overall, it does little to change the reality that an impaired driver is a deadly force that can wreak havoc on the road. Our car accident lawyers realize that most Ohioans are familiar with the 0.08 alcohol limitation concentration, the truth is that a person can be dangerously impaired by alcohol without ever reaching the 0.08 level. Certain drugs like marijuana and other depressants can have an impairing effect on a driver that is similar to alcohol. When alcohol is combined with other drugs, the person can become even more impaired. A driver who consumes impairing substances like alcohol or drugs (even prescription or over-the-counter drugs) and gets behind the wheel is behaving in a careless manner.
- Unsafe driving: Traffic rules, laws, and regulations are designed with one purpose in mind: safety. Running red lights or stop signs, speeding too fast for the prevailing road conditions, and “tailgating” (following another vehicle too closely) are the result of conscious decisions made by individuals who believe that, in that particular moment, they should not be required to obey that particular law. In doing so, the driver puts his or her time and/or convenience above the safety of not only the driver but his or her passengers and/or others who are on the road. If a police report or eyewitness evidence establishes that one driver clearly disobeyed a well-known and established “rule of the road,” this can be very powerful evidence for an car accident lawyer because it suggests negligent behavior.
- Mechanical defects: Sometimes the driver of a vehicle may not be to blame for causing an accident but instead the manufacturer of his or her vehicle and/or a part of the vehicle. In recent times, airbag manufacturers have been sanctioned for manufacturing defective automobile parts, but they are not alone. In the past, certain car manufacturers and part manufacturers have ignored safety concerns and in doing so have caused car accidents that have seriously hurt and (in some cases) killed individuals. Even where a car or part manufacturer designs a safe product, if the manufacturer does not exercise tight control over its manufacturing processes a defect may result from parts or cars being produced that are not manufactured according to the design. Our staff of car accident lawyers are very aware of the risk that mechanical defects can present.
- Poor road/highway maintenance or design: Certain civil authorities have responsibilities for designing roadways that are safe to use and that allow for the reasonably safe movement of traffic. When these authorities fail to meet these obligations – for example, failing to fix a failed portion of roadway in a timely manner or designing a highway onramp that is dangerous for merging traffic – catastrophic injuries and death can occur.
Unless all causes of your car crash are uncovered and all responsible parties identified, you may be limited in your ability to recover compensation. The amount of time and resources it takes in order to fully investigate the cause or causes of a car accident are often far beyond the capabilities of car injury victims. That is why it is vital to hire an experienced and resourceful Cincinnati car accident lawyer to assist you in evaluating and presenting your case.
The Chester Law Group has helped numerous car injury victims in the Cincinnati area and throughout Ohio pursue compensation from those whose careless or reckless acts contributed to the victims’ injuries.
What Should I Do After a Cincinnati Car Accident?
An experienced car accident lawyer knows that the moments immediately after a car accident are crucial: if you take certain actions and/or fail to take other actions you may not only cause further physical and financial injury to yourself but you may also jeopardize your opportunity to recover financial compensation through a car accident lawsuit if one or more individuals are responsible for causing the accident. Be aware of the following:
- DO – Check on the welfare of the other people involved in the accident (if you are able to do so safely and without causing injury to yourself) and to summon medical assistance for yourself and anyone else at the scene.
- DON’T – Say you are “okay” or “aren’t hurt” without first being evaluated by a qualified and trained medical professional. Our car accident lawyers insist that even if you believe you have not been injured in the crash, make an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible to ensure you are not suffering from any latent injuries.
- DO – Provide truthful details about what you observed and remember about the accident to investigating law enforcement officers. You should also take time as soon as possible to reduce your recollections about the accident to writing for future reference.
- DON’T – Admit fault for causing the accident, say “I’m sorry,” or guess about facts you do not know. First, don’t say you are sorry for causing the accident – even if you think you did – because you do not know what negligent or careless act the other driver was engaged in that may have contributed to the accident. Second, “guessing” at facts (e.g., “I think I was going 35 miles per hour) can be used to discredit you and your testimony if the actual facts of your car crash case turn out to be different than what you believed. Our car accident lawyer would advise that – If you do not know the answer with 100 percent certainty, simply say “I don’t know.”
- DO – Take pictures with a camera or smartphone of the accident scene if you are able to do so. Try to take pictures of the car, any debris that was scattered in the crash, your injuries, any traffic control signs or lights at the scene – you cannot take too many pictures in this type of situation. Also, if there are any witnesses who either saw the car crash, talked with you or the other driver, or rendered aid to you or the other driver, get the names and contact information for these individuals if possible. Their testimony may be necessary if you must file a car accident lawsuit.
- DON’T – Rely on the police officer investigating your crash or the insurance adjustor to identify all relevant witnesses, accurately record the information, and take pictures that are necessary to support your claim. Although your Ohio car accident lawyer will conduct a thorough investigation into your case and locate and preserve that evidence, this investigation can be completed more efficiently if you have pictures and/or the names of witnesses available for your attorney to contact.
If you are in doubt about what you should or should not do after a car accident, contact your Cincinnati car accident lawyer right away. Your attorney’s experienced legal counsel can help you understand how you can best protect your legal rights and interests, including your ability to seek compensation from those who caused your car crash injuries.
How Long Do I Have to File My Ohio Car Crash Lawsuit?
You do not have much time within which to file your lawsuit for compensation after your car accident. Like every other state, Ohio has a “statute of limitations” which indicates the time within which certain lawsuits must be filed. In Ohio, the statute of limitations is two years. If you have not filed a lawsuit seeking compensation within that timeframe, you will most likely be prohibited from filing a lawsuit for your injuries forever. Working with an experienced car accident lawyer will prevent this from happening.
Two years may seem like a long time, but consider that during those two years you must investigate the cause of your crash in order to determine who the responsible parties are, seek and follow medical treatment, calculate the amount of monetary damages you will seek, and prepare and file the necessary legal documents with the court.
Contact Our Car Accident Lawyers for Experienced Assistance
At Chester Law Group, LPA, our attorneys have nearly 200 years of combined legal experience in helping injury victims recover compensation. We are your Cincinnati car accident lawyers and we will aggressively pursue compensation for your injuries and losses. Contact us and speak with one of our attorneys today by calling (513) 201-8155.
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