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A car accident can be life-changing. In a matter of seconds, you may be unable to work or go to school. You need medical care and are in pain. You should work with a Cincinnati car accident law firm to prove the other driver was at fault and win compensation for your injuries.
Thousands of car wrecks happen year in Hamilton County, OH. Many of these are minor and lead to some property damage and bumps and bruises. But others are serious. At Kisling, Nestico & Redick, we routinely handle car accident claims involving significant injuries. Many car accident victims walk away with long-term complications and pain.
Common Causes of Car Accidents in Cincinnati
Cincinnati and Hamilton County have many dangerous roads and intersections. Each year, far too many people are hurt at these locations because of negligent drivers.
Based on data from the Ohio Department of Transportation, several intersections in Hamilton County have more crashes on average than others in the area. In Cincinnati, these dangerous intersections include Glenway Ave at Grand Ave, Virginia Ave at Colerain Ave, Paddock Road Interchange, W. North Bend Road at Colerain Ave, and Reading Road at Elsinore Place.
Crashes happen at those dangerous intersections and other locations for many reasons. Some of the most common causes of car accidents include:
- Distracted driving
- Drowsy driving
- Falling asleep behind the wheel
- Impaired driving
- Improper lane changes
- Failing to yield the right of way
- Weaving in and out of traffic
- Aggressive driving
- Road rage
- Disobeying traffic signs and lights
- Failing to keep a lookout
- Failing to avoid obstacles in the road
- Driving at night and during limited visibility
- Bad weather
You need to know what caused the accident. If you plan to ask for an insurance settlement, you are responsible for proving what happened. You must have evidence of the cause and the driver responsible.
Sometimes establishing cause and fault it easy. For example, if a car ran a red light and t-boned you, then there might be witnesses and traffic light cameras. However, identifying the cause of a crash can be complicated. When you are not sure what happened or why, call an experienced car accident lawyer in Cincinnati for help.
Our legal team has years of experience investigating car accidents. We will gather evidence and identify the cause of the collision. We might hire an accident reconstruction expert to determine specific facts about the crash, including the speed, direction, and angle of the vehicles.
Car Accident Injuries
Some accidents are minor and cause mild injuries. Other collisions are significant and cause serious and catastrophic injuries. When you are hurt in an accident and need medical care, contact a Cincinnati car accident injury lawyer right away.
Common injuries from car accidents include:
- Broken bones
- Neck and back injuries
- More serious traumatic brain injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
- Knee injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Nerve damage
- Internal organ damage and bleeding
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Get Medical Help as Soon as Possible
When you are part of a collision, we suggest you see a doctor right away. It is usually best to go to the emergency room. An ER doctor will give you a full exam and diagnose visible and invisible injuries. The sooner you are diagnosed and treated, the better.
If you choose not to go to the ER, then you should see a doctor soon. We recommend you get checked out within 72 hours. However, if you start noticing signs of an injury after several days or weeks, go to the ER, immediate care clinic, or your family doctor. It is not too late to start documenting your car accident injuries.
Car Accident Compensation
When you are injured in a car crash, the law might entitle you to compensation for your past and future:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Property damage
- Physical limitations
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of familial relationships (loss of consortium)
How to Fight for Car Accident Compensation
If you were hurt in a car crash, you might not be sure what to do next. The first steps are to file a police report with the Cincinnati Police Department and get medical care. If you called the Cincinnati Police Department of the Ohio State Highway Patrol to the accident, then the responding officer would have filed the crash report. You or your lawyer can get a copy.
After you are home or stable at the hospital, you should notify your insurance company of the crash. You might need to use your own auto policy to get your vehicle repaired or replaced, or to get some or all your medical expenses paid for. Then, file a notice of a claim with the at-fault driver’s auto insurance provider.
You do not have to talk with the other driver’s insurance company. In fact, we recommend you do not provide a statement or answer questions. You should hire a lawyer who can deal with the insurance company.
To seek compensation, you have to provide evidence of the other driver’s fault. This evidence can include the police report, the responding officer’s testimony, photos, video, witness statements, your testimony, and more.
You also have to provide evidence of your injuries, which can include your medical records, photos, videos, and expert testimony. An experienced car crash law firm can help you prove fault and your injuries.
If the insurer approves your claim, the next step is to agree on a settlement. The insurer might make a low offer. It is up to you to decide whether to accept or negotiate. You have the right to ask for more compensation. An attorney who is experienced handling car accident claims and negotiating settlements can help.
In some cases, you benefit from filing a personal injury lawsuit. Filing a lawsuit against the at-fault driver or multiple drivers does not mean you will go to trial. Most car accident claims settle. However, filing a lawsuit shows the insurance company you are serious. It provides the insurer with an incentive to settle before trial.
Wrongful Death Compensation
If you lost a spouse, parent, or child in a car crash, talk with a Cincinnati car accident attorney about filing a wrongful death claim. Through the insurance claim process, you and your relatives can demand wrongful death compensation. This type of claim is about what you and your family suffer because of the death. It is not about your loved one’s fatal injuries.
Wrongful death compensation includes:
- Burial and funeral expenses
- Lost income
- Lost future inheritance
- Lost companionship and society
- Mental anguish and grief
Like with any car crash, you may have to file a lawsuit to receive compensation. We will discuss with you the process of filing a wrongful death lawsuit. We also will take about the advantages and disadvantages of litigation.
Ask a Cincinnati Car Accident Lawyers for Help
Our Cincinnati car accident lawyers at KNR have years of experience dealing with insurers. We know the ins and outs of the insurance claim process. We will respond to any letters you receive, talk with the insurance adjuster on the phone, and answer any questions. We will provide the insurer with the evidence necessary to prove the cause of the accident. We will prove the other driver was at fault.
Our goal is for the insurance company to approve your claim. Then, the next step is to negotiate the settlement. Insurers often provide a lowball first offer. You do not have to accept it. You should always talk with an attorney before accepting a settlement offer. We can tell you when the offer is fair or too low. When your claim is worth more than the offer, we will enter into negotiations.
We also are seasoned trial lawyers. We are not afraid to file personal injury lawsuits when they benefit our clients. We are not afraid to fight for your rights in court. If it is necessary, we will fight hard for your compensation at trial.
KNR has a track record of maximizing compensation for our clients. We can never guarantee a specific outcome to a car accident claim. But we promise to fight for the best possible outcome.
The Statutes of Limitations
In Ohio, you only have two years to file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. If you were hurt in a crash, you have two years from the date of the accident. If you lost a relative, you have two years from the date of your loved one’s passing.
This deadline is for filing a lawsuit only. It does not apply to insurance claims. Insurers have much stricter deadlines, which is why you should contact a car accident attorney in Cincinnati right away. Waiting can complicate your insurance claim.
Call Our Cincinnati Car Accident Lawyers Today
Were you hurt in a car accident in Cincinnati or Hamilton County? You should have help with your insurance claim or possible lawsuit. You can do pursue compensation on your own, but you do not have to. Kisling, Nestico & Redick is here to help. We want to put our years of experience handling car accident personal injury and wrongful death claims to work for you. We want to fight for you to receive the maximum compensation.