A CAR ACCIDENT CAN OCCUR ANYWHERE AND WHEN THEY DO THE DAMAGES CAN BE SEVERE.
Car crashes and collisions can happen to even the safest of drivers, and even a minor accident can result in injuries that are severe and potentially life threatening. At Groth & Associates, our experienced Toledo Personal Injury attorneys understand the impacts a crash or collision can have on nearly every area of your life.
We make it our goal to assist clients in getting the maximum amount of compensation they are entitled after an accident, providing the kind of aggressive legal representation that gets results. Before settling with an insurance company for less than what you deserve, get our team of attorneys working to ensure your rights and interests are protected.
TOLEDO CAR ACCIDENTS FAQ’S
How Common are Car Accidents in Toledo?
According to the latest figures from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), car accident injuries affected more than two million people throughout the United States in 2014. Nationwide, over 30,000 people were killed in these accidents, while in our state alone, car crashes and collisions claim on average 1,000 lives each year. Ohio car accident statistics from the NHTSA indicate that as many as half of these fatalities involve passengers, with Lucas County being among the top ten counties for traffic fatalities in the area.
WHY DO CAR ACCIDENTS OCCUR?
WHILE PERSONAL INJURIES ARE OFTEN REFERRED TO AS ACCIDENTS, THEY ARE OFTEN THE RESULT OF ANOTHER PERSON’S RECKLESS OR NEGLIGENT CONDUCT.
While road and weather conditions may contribute to accidents, unlawful and reckless driving behaviors continue to play a major role in both fatal and non-fatal collisions. Among the leading factors contributing to accidents are the following:
- Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs: Despite increased laws and penalties, statistics from the NHTSA indicate that impaired driving continues to be a factor in as many as one third of all fatal car accidents in the state.
- Distracted Driving: According to the NHTSA website Distraction.gov, distracted driving behaviors such as texting, making calls, and adjusting GPS settings result in more than 430,000 injuries and over 3,000 deaths in the U.S. each year.
- Aggressive Driving: Speeding, weaving in and out of traffic, tailgating, and making improper turns are all aggressive driving behaviors that are in violation of the traffic code and result in an increase in car accidents.
- Drowsy Driving: While the NHTSA has long recognized falling asleep behind the wheel or using poor judgment as the result of lack of sleep as a contributing cause in car accidents and injuries, drowsy driving is beginning to gain national attention with social media campaigns and increased public awareness.
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WHAT ARE THE MOST COMMON TYPES OF INJURIES FROM CAR ACCIDENT
Even a minor car accident can result in major injuries that can prevent you from working or engaging in hobbies and activities you enjoy, will requiring ongoing care and treatment resulting in heavy medical expenses. NHTSA research on car accidents indicate the following are among the most common types of injuries sustained in motor vehicle accidents:
- Head injuries, such as whiplash, concussions, and traumatic brain injury;
- Broken bones, such as leg, hip, and shoulder fractures;
- Back and spinal cord injuries, such as herniated or ruptured disks;
- Muscle and tendon sprains, strains, and tears;
- Dislocated joints in the shoulders, hips, and pelvis; and
- Severe cuts and lacerations caused by contact with sharp surfaces or broken glass.
In the aftermath of any car accident, regardless of how minor, it is important to seek medical attention immediately. You may have serious injuries that are not readily apparent, and failing to get the medical care you need could dramatically worsen your condition.
HOW CAN A TOLEDO CAR ACCIDENT ATTORNEY HELP YOU RECOVER THE COMPENSATION YOU DESERVE?
Under Ohio’s motor vehicle laws, all drivers are required to carry a minimum amount of liability insurance, and in the event of an accident, are required to share information regarding their insurance, as well as their contact information, driver’s license and vehicle registration number, with other drivers. Follow these steps if you are involved in an accident:
- Notify the police at the scene of the accident.
- Get medical care for any injuries you suffer.
- Report the incident to your insurance company right away, regardless of whether you or the other driver is at fault.
- Once your insurer is notified, you will be contacted by an insurance company claims representative who will take your statement.
HOW DOES CAR ACCIDENT LIABILITY WORK IN TOLEDO?
You can only hold a party liable for an accident if you can prove that they were at-fault for the crash. In Ohio, this is generally done by proving that the other party was negligent. In simple terms, negligence is that failure to take proper care when performing an action. In many car accident cases, applying negligence can become very complicated and fierce disputes can arise. There are four required elements that must be established:
- Duty: A duty of care is a legal responsibility to look out for the safety of others. Proving this element is relatively simple in Ohio car accident cases. It is well accepted that all drivers within the state must look out for the safety of the other people on the roads.
- Breach: You will also need to prove that the defendant’s actions deviated from the required standard of care. In a car accident case, a breach of the duty of care can come in many different forms. Some, such as a vehicle running a red light, are relatively straightforward. In that case, there would be little doubt that the driver breached their duty to operate their vehicle safely. However, in other cases, proving a breach will be far more complicated. For example, if two vehicles collide while merging into a third lane, both drivers may try to claim that the other one was negligent.
- Causation: Proving that another driver breached their duty of care is not necessarily enough to prove that they are liable for your accident. You must also prove that there is causation between their breach and your injuries. For example, if another Toledo driver ran a red light and then crashed into your car 5 minutes later, there would be no plausible connection between those two events. They might still have caused your accident, but running the red light earlier was likely not a factor.
- Damages: Finally, you can only recover compensation for a car accident in Ohio if you have sustained real harm. If you sustained a very serious injury, this issue may seem straightforward, but it still needs to be taken very seriously. You are entitled to recover compensation for the full extent of your damages, but you can only make a recovery if you can prove your damages. The full extent of your losses must be established in painstaking detail.
HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO BRING A CAR ACCIDENT INJURY CLAIM IN OHIO?
Ohio has a two-year statute of limitations for car accident injury cases. This means that you must bring your claim within two years, or you will lose the ability to do so. Your case does not need to be resolved within that time frame, but a claim does need to be filed. Ultimately, you do not want this issue to be relevant in your case at all. The best thing you can do is to take immediate action after your accident. If you have been seriously injured in a Toledo car accident, you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney today.
WHAT COMPENSATION IS AVAILABLE FOR OHIO CAR ACCIDENT VICTIMS?
Injured car accident victims can seek recovery for the full extent of their losses. The damages associated with a serious car accident injury can come in many different forms; specifically, victims may be able to recover for:
- Damage to their vehicle;
- Ambulances costs;
- Hospital bills;
- Required medication;
- Necessary medical equipment;
- Rehabilitation costs;
- Counseling or therapy costs;
- Lost current and future wages;
- Lost long-term earning capacity;
- Pain and suffering;
- Loss of life enjoyment; and
- Punitive damages.
Ultimately, the value of your car accident claim will always depend on the specific facts of your case. Recovering full and fair compensation is never easy. All damages must be proven and you can expect a fight from the insurance company.
SHOULD I TALK TO THE INSURANCE COMPANY?
If you have been contacted by the insurance company, you need to be extremely careful. When dealing with the insurance company, it is important to use caution when describing your injuries, as well as how the accident occurred. In order to save themselves money, insurers often attempt to either deny claims or to downplay the extent of your injuries and damages, using any statements you have made against you. You should always remember that the insurance company is not on your side. Ultimately, their primary interest will always be their bottom line. Further, insurance companies spend a lot of time and resources training their representative to come off as disarming over the phone. They will present themselves as if they are simply trying to find out information about your accident. They want to get you talking about your accident as much as possible in the hopes that something will slip out that they can use against you. You need to know your rights. You do not owe the insurance company a long, detailed, conversation about your accident. Furthermore, you are entitled to take time to gather your thoughts before dealing with the insurance company. Before speaking to the insurance company, contact Groth & Associates. Our experienced Toledo car accident attorneys can help you avoid making incriminatory statements that could jeopardize your claim. We can assist you in negotiations with the insurance company, and may be able to help you pursue compensation through a personal injury lawsuit.
WHAT IF THE OTHER DRIVER DID NOT HAVE INSURANCE?
If you were seriously injured by an uninsured motorist, you may be left feeling extremely stressed out. While you are still entitled to seek compensation from that driver, the vast majority of the time these drivers do not have enough assets to cover your damages. The good news is that you still have legal options. Many Ohio drivers carry insurance policies that include some coverage for the damages caused by uninsured motorists. If this is an issue in your case, it is especially important that you get your case in the hands of a qualified attorney as soon as possible.
Contact Our Experienced Toledo Car Accident Attorneys Today
Car accident injuries can have lasting ramifications. Get the legal help you need to get the compensation you deserve. Serving Toledo, Bowling Green, Fremont and the surrounding areas, we are available to assist you; call or contact us online today to schedule a free consultation.
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