A car accident can cause you to suffer from more than just physical injuries. The aftermath of an accident can damage victims emotionally, mentally, and financially, leaving a family to struggle for years to come. Many victims are understandably overwhelmed after a serious wreck.
If you’re in this situation, you should know that legal aid may be available to you and your loved ones. With the help of a Cincinnati car accident lawyer from Bey & Associates, LLC, you may be able to recover compensation that can go towards medical bills, recovery costs, loss of wage costs, pain and suffering costs, and more.
Our personal injury firm has more than 20 combined years of experience helping victims of accidents throughout the United States. Our attorneys have the experience and resources to make a full recover possible.
Ohio Car Accident Statistics and Facts
According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, 1,054 fatal traffic accidents were reported in Ohio in 2016. In those accidents, 1,133 people died. Both numbers were higher than in any other previous year. The total number of fatalities saw a large increase of 14% from 2013.
There’s no denying the fact that Ohio has some of the busiest interstates and highways in the nation. The I-71 is the most obvious example, which is one of the most dangerous highways in all of the U.S. Anyone who’s ever gotten behind the wheel with a child in the backseat knows, however, that safety must be prioritized when driving.
On a nationwide level, the statistics look even worse. According to national crash statistics from 2016, fatalities caused by the following factors increased during the past year:
- Fatalities caused by speeding
- Fatalities caused by drunk driving
- Fatalities to victims who were not wearing seatbelts
- Motorcyclist, pedestrian, and bicyclist deaths
Any time a driver makes a careless decision, acts recklessly, or drives aggressively, they are risking their own life as well as the lives of those around them. In the legal profession, we call these actions acts of negligence. All drivers have a responsibility to sensibly prioritize the health and safety of others. When this duty is neglected and serious injury or wrongful death occur, we have a right to file a civil lawsuit against the guilty party.
What Causes Most Car Accidents?
On a nationwide level and here in Ohio and around Cincinnati, negligence is one of the leading causes of car accidents. Many accidents can be prevented if drivers remember to approach the task of driving seriously.
Below is a list of some of the most common factors that lead to car accidents nationwide:
- Distracted driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, almost 3,500 people died nationwide in car accidents in 2015 that were caused by drivers who were distracted. All forms of being distracted count—from talking on the phone to texting, eating behind the wheel, checking a GPS monitor, or bending over to pick up a dropped item.
- Drowsy driving. It’s estimated that drivers who fell asleep at the wheel or were drowsy caused more than 72,000 crashes, 44,000 injuries, and 800 fatalities in 2013. According to the CDC, these numbers are also an underestimate.
- Speeding/Reckless driving. Over 8,500 car wrecks involved drivers who were speeding in 2015. Speeding is just one example of a reckless driving behavior that can potentially place others at risk.
- Drunk driving. In 2016, 10,497 individuals died in motor vehicle collisions involving alcohol. This statistic is an increase from 2015 and one we can absolutely prevent. Driving under the influence of drugs is also a major factor in many accidents.
- Failing to follow the rules of traffic. When a driver fails to signal when making a turn or disobeys a traffic sign or signal, they may potentially cause an accident. Failing to notice a potential road or weather hazard is also dangerous.
As you can see, all the above factors can be prevented to at least some degree. If every driver was more cautious and tried their best to avoid the above situations, our roads would be much safer.
What are the Most Common Car Accident Injuries?
A serious car wreck can affect an entire family in multiple ways and require lengthy hospital stays, surgeries, expensive medical treatment plans, medication, home nursing care, physical therapy, and more. Due to the fast speeds at which cars travel at, even a minor accident can result in serious injuries.
Some of the most common types of injuries after a car accident include the following:
- Back injuries, including those that can potentially damage the spinal cord
- Neck injuries, including whiplash (which often has a delayed effect)
- Head injuries, including those that cause symptoms of a traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Lacerations, bruises, and abrasions
- Internal bleeding and other injuries
- Emotional trauma
An accident victim’s recovery time will vary depending on the specific injuries, whether they are permanent, and the type of care they receive following the crash. It’s vital for all victims to get proper medical care immediately following an accident. Failing to do so can not only jeopardize your insurance/personal injury claim, it can set back your recovery time considerably.
Tips for Recovering After a Car Accident
If you’ve been involved in a car accident in Ohio or elsewhere, follow these steps to have the best chances of getting the compensation you need while prioritizing your wellbeing:
- Prioritize your health. See a doctor as soon as possible after the accident. Even if you go to the E.R. right after the crash, follow up by visiting your primary doctor afterwards. Go to any follow-up appointments that are advised by the E.R. staff. Everything else can wait—your own wellbeing must come first.
- Report the accident. In most states, a police report will automatically be made following a car accident, but if one isn’t made, make sure you report the accident and request a copy of the report. If you’re curious how car accident investigations work in Ohio or what your best options are regarding making a police report in Cincinnati, here are some tips offered by the city.
- Be careful when speaking to insurers. If the other driver caused the accident (or even if they didn’t), their insurance company may rush in to try and get you to settle quickly so they can get away with paying less. They may claim it’s the “best they can do”. This is untrue. By law, a victim of an accident is entitled to the costs they need to medically, financially, and emotionally recover. Don’t rush into a low settlement offer.
- Contact a car accident lawyer in Ohio. If you’re worried you won’t get enough compensation to recover from your injuries or feel the insurance claim may be denied or has been denied, you should get in touch with an injury attorney as soon as possible. An experienced lawyer can turn a complex claim into one that makes complete recovery possible.
Find the Road to Recovery with Our Cincinnati Car Accident Attorneys
At Bey & Associates, LLC, we understand how stressful dealing with insurance claims and medical bills after a car accident can be. We know how to settle complex lawsuits in the favor of our clients and we’re familiar with the loopholes insurance companies often use to try and talk victims into an unfair offer. We can get you the compensation you deserve.
To learn more, don’t hesitate to get in touch today. We can pair you with an Ohio car accident attorney who can answer any questions you may have and offer you a zero-obligation case consultation.