Some people go their entire lives without ever being in a serious automobile accident. For those who are not so fortunate, a major car crash can forever alter their lives. The long-term effects of catastrophic injuries, financial losses caused by medical bills, and the emotional effects of this kind of trauma can change the course of a car accident victim’s life—and not for the better. At Shane Smith Law in Ohio, we fight hard to lessen the effects a catastrophic vehicle crash has on our clients’ lives to give them a chance at the future they would have had if they had not been in the crash.
Causes of Ohio Auto Accidents
Let’s face it—sometimes people are injured in crashes they caused themselves. When that happens, they deal with their own insurance providers and hope for the best. However, when you are injured because another driver made a mistake or intentionally took risks, you may have a legal claim against him. When you call our Cincinnati office for help, we will give you a free case review to determine whether you have a case. Some of the ways other drivers are at fault in causing a crash include the following:
- Distracted driving. Distracted driving was a factor in 13,976 accidents in Ohio in 2017, according to Ohio State Police. 52 of those crashes were fatal. When a driver takes his hands off the wheel or his attention off the road—even for a split second—the results can be disastrous. If a driver was texting, eating, changing the radio station, or turning around to deal with kids in the backseat at the time of your crash, he or she will likely be found at fault for the crash and may be liable for compensating you for your losses.
- Breaking traffic laws. Exceeding the speed limit, ignoring traffic signals, failing to yield right-of-way, following too closely—you name it. Traffic infractions like these are the cause of many Ohio auto accidents. If the driver who caused your crash is ticketed for breaking the law, your claim for compensation becomes even stronger.
- Drunk or drugged driving. 405 people were killed in impaired driving crashes in Ohio in 2017, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. When drivers are over the legal limit for alcohol consumption or are under the influence of drugs, their reaction times are impaired, they take more risks behind the wheel, and they endanger the lives of others. These drivers should be held accountable for their actions when you are injured or a loved one is killed.
- Drowsy driving. More Americans are sleep-deprived than ever. This means that too many people are driving to or from work feeling drowsy. If a fatigued driver was the cause of the crash that left you seriously injured, our experienced attorneys will prove it and fight for the compensation you deserve.
When the driver who caused your accident was guilty of one of these careless actions, he or she should be held accountable, and his insurance company should be made to pay. Our Ohio legal team will fight hard to make sure they do.
Types of Crashes Causing Serious Injuries in Ohio
Many accident victims describe their crash as happening without warning. The other driver hit them out of the blue, they often report. The shock of the crash adds to the trauma experienced by car accident victims, who may be injured in one of the following types of crashes:
- Rear-end. When a driver is following too closely behind you, he will not be able to stop in time if traffic slows or halts. A rear-end crash can result in whiplash, back injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and more.
- Side-swipe. Failure to check blind spots when changing lanes or merging onto the highway can result in a side-swipe crash. This kind of impact can cause serious injuries and may lead to a rollover crash.
- T-bone. Most commonly occurring at intersections, these crashes can be deadly. As the front of one car hits the side of another, the driver on the receiving end has little protection from the impact and may suffer broken bones, brain injuries, spinal cord damage, and cuts from broken glass.
- Head-on. When one car hits another head-on, the force of impact is often fatal to the driver in the smaller vehicle. Even when a victim survives, he or she may sustain life-altering injuries such as paralysis or brain damage.
- Rollover. Higher profile vehicles are in danger of rolling over when they are hit by a careless driver. Occupants of a car that rolls over can be seriously injured, even if they are wearing seatbelts.
No matter which kind of accident you were in, you need the help of an Ohio car accident attorney to protect your rights to compensation from the negligent driver.
Call Our Auto Accident Legal Team Today!
The sooner you call our Cincinnati office after your accident, the sooner we can get to work fighting for you. Fill out the form on this page or call us to get started. You will owe no money up front, so you have nothing to lose!