Highways and interstates can be incredibly dangerous places for Ohio motorists, with thousands of crashes occurring on Ohio roadways each year. Whether you’re on U.S. Route 6, State Route 4, or Interstate 75, it’s important to be aware that you’re driving on a dangerous roadway.
At Kisling, Nestico & Redick, we’ve seen far too many cases of persons injured in highway accidents. Each year, we’re witness to the devastating emotional and physical pain highway accidents can cause. According to the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s 2015 Ohio Traffic Crash Facts Book, there were over 300,000 crashes in Ohio last year alone. If you or a loved one has been involved in a highway crash and are seeking compensation for your pain, contact one of the skilled Ohio personal injury attorneys at Kisling, Nestico & Redick at 1-800-HURT-NOW.
7 Steps to Take After Being in a Highway Crash
If you’ve been involved in an Ohio highway crash, it’s important to remain calm. Following are seven things you should do if you’ve been involved in an Ohio highway crash.
- Get Yourself to Safety — If you’ve been involved in an accident, you may be feeling confused or disoriented. Before you do anything else, get yourself to safety and off the roadway. Call an ambulance, if necessary.
- Call 911 — Report your crash to the police as soon as you are out of harm’s way. A state trooper can help you stay safe as you recover from an accident and will be able to record important facts about your accident.
- Record What You Can — Once you are physically stable, record what you can see, collect, or remember about the accident. This can be done through photographs, physical evidence, or written memories of what has just happened. Try to remember as much as you can about the other driver’s vehicle or driving behavior, especially in the event you were involved in a hit-and-run accident.
- Identify Witnesses — Passengers, pedestrians, and other drivers can serve as witnesses to your accident. If you are able, identify individuals who may have seen what happened before, during, or after the accident took place, and ask them to record their version of events.
- Collect Evidence of Personal Injury — Keep documentation of any and all physical and emotional injury, including ambulance costs, medical bills, and time lost from family and work.
- Preserve Evidence of Damages — If your vehicle, personal property, or others’ physical property was damaged as a result of a highway crash, preserve those belongings, as they could later be used as proof of damages.
- Contact a Personal Injury Attorney — A skilled Ohio personal injury attorney can help you find witnesses, and collect and preserve evidence. Even in an accident in which you have little information about the person who caused the accident, such as a hit-and-run, an experienced personal injury attorney can help you to build a case such that you’ll have a greater chance of obtaining compensation for your pain.
How the Experienced Ohio Personal Injury Attorneys at KNR Can Help You
Ohio highway crashes can be terrifying experiences resulting in immeasurable pain and suffering. At Kisling, Nestico & Redick, we’ve helped numerous individuals successfully recover from their highway crashes. If you or a loved one has been involved in an Ohio highway crash and are seeking compensation for your pain and suffering, call one of our skilled Ohio personal injury attorneys at 1-800-HURT-NOW today.