Over 2 trillion miles were traveled on U.S. roads in 2010, and it is estimated that the economic cost for car accidents was over $230 billion, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. With so many motorists traversing the roads each day, the risk for a collision is always near.
Despite defensive driving skills, vigilance at the wheel and proper use of safety equipment, an auto accident can still happen to you. If you have been injured or lost a loved one because of another driver’s negligence, you may be eligible to seek compensation for the damages you have suffered.
At the law offices of O’Connor, Acciani & Levy, our car accident lawyers understand the hardships that can follow a traumatic accident and are here to defend your rights so you can focus on healing and moving on.
Find out how we can help, contact us today at (877) 288-3241 or simply fill out our Free Case Evaluation form located to the right.
Common Causes of Car Crashes
Nearly 5.5 million accidents occurred in 2010, leading to over 2.2 million injuries. While the circumstances on the road can often differ greatly, there are several common factors that can contribute to a motor vehicle collision.
The majority of auto accidents could have been avoided. Usually, a driver’s negligence is involved in several of these factors. (It is also worth noting that the risk of accident is higher among teen drivers, due to inexperience and other factors.)
Some causes for car accidents include:
- Careless / reckless driving
- Failure to obey traffic signs / signals
- Distracted driving
- Texting & driving
- DUI / DWI
- Fatigued drivers
- Failure to yield
- Bad weather
- …and many more
In some cases an accident may be caused not by negligence but by mechanical failure and other factors outside of the driver’s control. In such cases, involved motorists may still be eligible for a claim through the driver’s insurance carrier.
Types of Auto Accidents
The site and severity of an impact can be significant factors in the degree of property damage and extent of injury. Any type of crash can end with damages from inconvenient repair costs to the devastating loss of a loved one.
A collision can come from any angle. Some types of collisions include:
- Side impact
- Hit & run
In our local area, Ohio roads alone saw nearly 300,000 accidents in 2011; Kentucky more than 150,000. Nearly 130,000 injuries were sustained across both states. According to the Ohio Department of Public Safety (ODPS) and the Kentucky State Police, over 1,700 people lost their lives in car accidents that year.
Common Car Accident Injuries
There is a vast range of bodily damages that can result from automotive accidents. Some may be temporary and easily treatable, such as minor abrasions & lacerations or a mild concussion. Others can be debilitating and life-altering, such as spinal cord trauma and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).
Some types of trauma that may occur in a crash include:
- Corneal abrasions
- Nerve and spinal damage
- Brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Wrist fractures
- Herniated discs
- Skull fracture
- Seat belt injuries
- Orthopedic problems
- Internal injuries
- …and many more
After an accident, it is important for everyone involved to seek medical treatment. Injuries may not be visible and symptoms can lay dormant in the hours or days following a collision. If you have sustained injuries and are seeking legal representation, our car accident lawyers can help.
Contact Our Car Accident Lawyers
There are many things to consider after an accident, including medical treatment, whether or not to return to work, how to pay bills or how to handle emotional distress. Your legal issues are serious, but the legal process doesn’t have to be an extra headache. The attorneys at O’Connor, Acciani & Levy are here to defend your rights.
We are proud to offer our professionalism, dedication and expertise to the citizens of Ohio & Northern Kentucky and passionately fight for justice for our clients, as we have since 1992. We serve the following communities through our seven conveniently-located offices:
- Cincinnati, OH
- Columbus, OH
- Hamilton, OH
- Mason, OH
- Covington, KY
- …and cities and towns in the surrounding areas
Let us put our reputation of success to work for you. Call 877-288-3241 or 614-280-1030 today to discuss the details of your case with our legal staff, confidentially and 100% free.
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