SKILLED IN CAR ACCIDENT CASES
CAR ACCIDENTS CAN OCCUR ANYWHERE AND WHEN THEY DO THE DAMAGES CAN BE SEVERE.
CAR ACCIDENT ATTORNEY SERVING CLIENTS IN FREMONT, OHIO
Car accidents can happen in Fremont, Ohio almost anywhere, and few of us plan for the aftermath of a serious traffic collision. Whether you are driving along I-90 at a higher speed or are traveling at a slower speed in your own neighborhood or in a business’s parking lot, you could be at risk of a car accident. While the damage and severity of the crash can depend upon speed and location, crashes of any sort can have serious consequences. If you are injured in a car accident and are unable to work,
you will not only have to contend with the high costs of your medical bills and rehabilitative treatments, but you will also be impacted by lost wages, or the inability to work and to earn a living as a result of your injuries. When another driver’s negligence results in a dangerous crash, it is important to discuss your case with an experienced Fremont car accident lawyer. You may be eligible to file a claim for compensation.
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GETTING THE FACTS ABOUT OHIO CAR ACCIDENTS
How often do car accidents in Ohio cause serious personal injuries? And what are some of the most common causes of car accidents in Fremont? According to a fact sheet from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of injury and death in the U.S.” The CDC reports that the 2012 motor vehicle fatality rate for occupants in Ohio was 6.9 per 100,000. Within two years’ time, if we explore another fact sheet from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), we see that the rate of fatal accidents in Ohio has risen. To be sure, by 2014, the total deaths per 100,000 population was 8.7—a notable increase from the data reported just two years prior.
What are some of the most common causes of these deadly crashes? According to a National Motor Vehicle Crash Causation Survey from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the following represent frequent causes of serious and fatal auto accidents:
- Aggressive driving, including tailgating, speeding, following too closely, running red lights, running stop signs, and other behaviors;
- Distracted driving, which can occur when a driver is not properly looking at the road (visual), thinking about the driving task (cognitive), and/or when the driver does not properly keep his or her hands on the wheel (manual);
- Drowsy driving, which can occur after a driver has been on the road for too long, is driving at night (driving during hours in which she or he normally would be sleeping), or is driving after she or he did not get sufficient sleep the night before;
- Impaired driving, which can cause serious accidents when a driver is behind the wheel after taking drugs or has had too much alcohol;
- Driver becomes physically impaired by a health condition, such as a heart attack while she or he is behind the wheel;
- Defective auto part caused an accident, such as brakes or tires failing to work, or failure of the vehicle’s steering, suspension, transmission, or engine; and
- Poor road conditions, which can result from inclement weather and/or poor upkeep.
These are some examples, and there can be other pre-crash events that cause an accident to happen.
OTHER PRACTICE AREA CASES
TYPES OF INJURIES COMMONLY SUSTAINED IN MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENTS
WHILE PERSONAL INJURIES ARE OFTEN REFERRED TO AS ACCIDENTS, THEY ARE OFTEN THE RESULT OF ANOTHER PERSON’S RECKLESS OR NEGLIGENT CONDUCT.
What types of injuries can happen in car accidents? As a fact sheet from the Mayo Clinic explains, whiplash is a common injury that results from rear-end auto accidents. What is whiplash? It is, according to the Mayo Clinic, a neck injury that results from the “forceful, rapid back-and-forth movement of the neck, like the cracking of a whip.” Other common injuries sustained in auto accident can include but are not limited to:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs);
- Spinal cord injuries (SCIs) and other neck injuries;
- Chest injuries, including bruises and contusions;
- Broken bones or fractures;
- Disfigurement and scarring; and
- Injuries to the arms and legs, including amputation.
Given that traffic collisions vary greatly depending on a number of different factors, crashes can result in many different personal injuries. If you get hurt after being involved in a car accident, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible so that you have proper documentation when it comes time to file a car accident claim.
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WHAT KINDS OF DAMAGES CAN I OBTAIN IN A FREMONT CAR ACCIDENT CLAIM?
If you decide to file a car accident lawsuit, you may be wondering what kinds of damages you can be eligible to receive. Generally speaking, injured plaintiffs can be eligible for compensatory damages, and in certain cases, they may be eligible for punitive damages. What is the difference between these categories?
First, compensatory damages is actually a term that encapsulates both “economic damages” and “non-economic damages.” Both are intended to compensate a victim for his or her losses. The former are aimed at compensating plaintiffs for actual economic losses. For instance, economic damages are intended to compensate for hospitals bills, costs of medication, and lost wages.
Non-economic damages, differently, compensate for losses that do not necessarily come with an obvious dollar amount. For instance, these damages often include pain and suffering or disfigurement. Depending on the specific case, non-economic damage awards can vary widely.
Punitive damages are not intended to compensate a victim, but rather to punish the defendant for particularly egregious behavior or to deter similar behavior in the future. As Section 2315.21 of the Ohio Revised Code explains, at trial, a plaintiff can seek punitive damages once a jury has determined that she or he is entitled to compensatory damages.
CONTACT A FREMONT CAR ACCIDENT LAWYER TO DISCUSS YOUR CASE
Were you recently injured in a car accident in Ohio? Did a loved one get hurt in a traffic collision? It is important to learn more about filing a claim for financial compensation by speaking with an
experienced Fremont auto accident lawyer. An advocate at our firm can discuss your options with you today. Contact Groth & Associates to learn more about our services.