The Brannon Law Firm has been representing clients who have suffered personal injuries for over forty years. Within that time, our firm has successfully litigated thousands of automobile accident cases and have obtained numerous million dollar recoveries for our clients. The laws related to accidents, insurance, medical care and subrogation can be complex and confusing. An experienced attorney can determine who is at fault, if there is insurance coverage, who is responsible for the payment of medical bills and other issues regarding recoverable damages. Whether you were involved in a minor accident or a major collision, our personal injury lawyers formulate a game plan geared specifically to you and your unique injury. This means that our attorneys will deal with the insurance companies, work to get you the medical care you need, investigate the accident and manage the countless other problems that may arise after an accident occurs.
Common Causes of Car Accidents in Ohio
Automobiles are increasingly designed with safety features to alert drivers to unsafe conditions. Yet even with these advances, most automobile accidents in the Dayton area are the result of negligence by drivers who fail to follow the rules of the road and operate their vehicles in an unsafe manner. Here are the top contributing factors to traffic accidents.
Drinking and Driving
In 2016, there were over 12,000 alcohol-related crashes in the state of Ohio. This resulted in over 5,000 injuries and 346 deaths. Every one of these drinking and driving accidents was preventable by the driver, and the tragic consequences of OVI (operating a vehicle under the influence) are felt for years by the victims of these crashes. In addition to the driver, negligence on the part of alcohol servers may also contribute to these accidents.
Driving too fast is an entirely preventable cause of accidents, yet year after year it remains one of the most common causes of accidents. Excess speed may mean driving over the speed limit, but in a greater percentage of accidents, the driver was driving at a speed unsafe for conditions. Factors such as weather and the speed of the traffic can make driving at even the posted speed limit unsafe. Drivers are required to slow down when road or traffic conditions warrant caution and failing to do so results in many injurious or fatal accidents every year.
Failure to Yield
There can be many reasons why a driver might drive through a red light, fail to stop at a stop sign, or otherwise fail to yield the right-of-way properly. Whatever the cause, failure to yield properly is one of the leading causes of accidents that our Dayton car accident lawyers see in Ohio each year. The resulting collision is often not only the cause of property damage, but also injuries and deaths.
Following Too Closely
Many people take driving for granted as it is such a familiar activity, but it pays to remember that when a driver gets behind the wheel, they are taking control of a several ton vehicle and maneuvering it at high rates of speed. It takes vehicles time to come to a stop when conditions suddenly change in front of them and following too closely behind another vehicle is negligent driving behavior.
Improper Lane Change
We see this all too often on our roads. A vehicle suddenly changes lanes without signaling or checking to make sure the lane is clear. Oftentimes there is no room for surrounding cars to maneuver or get out of the way in these situations. Accidents resulting from unsafe lane changes can result in severe crashes. In 2016, over 6,000 injury accidents resulted from drivers making unsafe lane changes.
If another other driver’s negligence caused your injury or the death of your loved one, you are entitled to fair compensation and a compassionate Dayton car accident attorney at our firm can help. Money can never fully cover the pain and loss you have suffered, but compensation for your damages can ease the financial burdens resulting from your accident, and help you and your family recover.
Most automobile accidents are caused by the negligence of other drivers who have carelessly ignored the rules of the road by ignoring traffic signals or drinking and driving. All too frequently these negligent parties are uninsured or don’t carry enough insurance to adequately compensate a victim who has suffered catastrophic injuries. This often means going the extra step to pursue not only the negligent operator, but also third party vehicle owners, automobile manufactures, corporations who owned the vehicle, property owners where the accident occurred, automobile repair shops, municipalities and UM/UIM coverage. These sources of recovery are often overlooked by inexperienced attorneys.
After a car accident, people are often contacted by ruthless insurance adjusters or investigators who try to pressure injured parties into signing documents and making statements that can hurt their case. Most of the time, insurance companies know injured people need money because they have been out of work and are still recovering from their injury. They will make low settlement offers that usually don’t even cover people’s medical bills. In return for fast money, the victim has to sign a contract taking away their legal rights to sue the at fault driver and their insurance company. A good personal injury attorney can help protect your rights to compensation for past and future medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, loss of consortium, property damage and permanency of their injury.
Contact a Dayton Accident Lawyer Today
Most people believe that it costs a lot of money to be represented by an experienced personal injury lawyer. At the Brannon Law Firm, we represent accident victims under a contingency fee agreement. This means that we do not charge any fee unless we win your case. Furthermore, our firm has the resources to hire leading medical experts, accident re-constructionists and all other persons essential to getting you the verdict you deserve. We offer a free consultations in our office, at your home, and even in the hospital. Contact us to see how we can help you with the injuries you have suffered as a result of a car accident.