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Thousands of car wrecks happen every year in Hamilton County, OH. Many are minor and only result in property damage. But others are serious with high medical bills and incredible pain.
When you need help, it’s best to consult an experienced lawyer. This shows the insurance companies that you’re serious, puts you in a strong position to negotiate, and ensure’s your rights are respected. At Kisling, Nestico & Redick, we handle car accident claims all over Ohio, and help local car accident victims in Cincinnati get what’s right.
Common Causes of Car Accidents in Cincinnati
The Cincinnati region has many dangerous roads and intersections. Each year, far too many people are hurt at these locations because of negligent drivers.
According to the Ohio Department of Transportation, several intersections in Hamilton County have more crashes 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.
Some common causes of car accidents in Cincinnati are:
- 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
How KNR Helps You Determine Fault
If you plan to ask for a car insurance settlement after an accident, you are the one responsible for proving what happened. This takes evidence and our Cincinnati lawyers can help.
Sometimes establishing cause and fault is easy. For example, if a car ran a red light and t-boned you, then there might be witnesses and traffic cameras. However, when you are not sure what happened or why, an experienced car accident lawyer in Cincinnati can find evidence that’s not immediately available, locate witnesses, and use experts to reconstruct the crash.
At KNR, our legal team has decades of experience investigating car accidents. Let us put it to work for you to get answers, identify the responsible party, and recover the compensation you need.
Car Accident Injuries
Some car accident injuries are incredibly serious, requiring significant medical care that’s expensive to treat. When this happens to you or a loved one, it’s time to contact a Cincinnati car accident injury lawyer.
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.
Some local Cincinnati hospitals you can visit following a car accident include:
- University of Cincinnati Medical Center
- Good Samaritan Hospital
- The Christ Hospital
- Mercy Health
- St. Elizabeth Covington
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 KNR Fights for You after a Car Wreck
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 in 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 went through. 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 Lawyer 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. Let us 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 an excellent 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.