REPRESENTATION FOR VICTIMS IN WESTLAKE AND INDEPENDENCE, AND IN CUYAHOGA, LORAIN, MEDINA AND SUMMIT COUNTIES.
Car accidents are a common occurrence statewide and throughout the U.S. In 2021, state police officers investigated 33,884 crashes, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP). A total of 1,356 people lost their lives on state roadways, and many more were injured.
WHEN TO HIRE A CAR ACCIDENT LAWYER
It’s best to contact a lawyer as soon as possible after suffering injuries in a car accident. There are a couple reasons for this, the first being the statute of limitations which is a law that limits how long injury victims have to file a claim before they lose their legal right to do so. According to the Ohio Revised Code section 2305.10 the state of Ohio has a two-year timeline. This means you have two years from the date of your accident to file or you risk losing your right to do so. It’s important to note that there are some exceptions to this law where the filing time may change, including:
- If the injury victim is under the age of 18
- The negligent party left the state before a claim was filed
Beyond the statute of limitations, an attorney can help you navigate the complexities of personal injury law by
- Navigate you through the entire legal process
- Determine who is liable for your injuries
- Gather evidence to support your claim
- Negotiate with the insurance companies on your behalf
- Represent you at trial, if your case goes to court
If you have suffered injuries at the hands of a negligent driver, talk to our Cleveland car accident attorney for help today!
COMMON CAUSES OF CAR ACCIDENTS IN OHIO
Wrecks can happen for many reasons, and most of them involve some sort of driver negligence. Common causes of car accidents include:
- Distracted driving: In Ohio, it is illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to use a cell phone while driving. Texting while driving is prohibited for drivers of any age. OSHP reports 8,413 distracted driving violations in 2021.
- Speeding: The faster a vehicle is traveling, the greater the distance that is needed to stop and the greater the impact of a collision. In 2020, more than 11,000 people were killed in crashes that involved speeding, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
- Driving under the influence: Alcohol and drugs can significantly impair driving ability. OSHP reports 652 fatal crashes and 720 deaths related to OVI (operating a vehicle impaired) in 2021.
- Tailgating: Following too closely is dangerous behavior that can lead to rear-end collisions. Tailgating is particularly unsafe when traveling at highway speeds.
- Disregarding traffic signs and signals: Drivers who run red lights or stop signs can cause deadly collisions with other vehicles.
- Unsafe lane changes: Every car or truck has blind spots. Drivers who fail to signal and perform a head check before switching lanes may crash into other vehicles.
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