Ohio Auto Accidents
Skilled Ohio Auto Accident Lawyers Protect You and Your Family
Our Ohio car and truck crash attorneys are there for you when another’s negligence results in injury, disability, or death
According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s 2014 statistics, Ohio had 1,006 traffic fatalities split about evenly between urban and rural areas. While nearly three-quarters (73%) involved automobiles and light trucks, 14% (136) involved motorcycles. The remainder included heavy trucks (1%) and non-occupants of vehicles, such as pedestrians or bicyclists. Between half and two-thirds (58%) of drivers and motorcyclists killed had measurable blood alcohol levels. In addition, the injury statistics for 2014 indicate that 275.5 persons were injured every day; that is one every 5.2 minutes.
If you have been injured, or if your family member was injured or killed in an auto accident because of another’s negligence, you do not have to stand against the at-fault driver and the insurance companies alone. You deserve to have your rights protected by experienced Ohio auto accident attorneys at Crandall & Pera Law. Our attorneys represent victims of recklessness or carelessness on the road, helping victims recover full and fair compensation for their injuries. We represent clients across Ohio, including Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Chesterland and Chagrin Falls.
Types of crash cases our attorneys handle
At Crandall & Pera Law, we have decades of relevant experience representing clients in a wide variety of types of crashes. We handle traditional car accident cases, including those causes by rear-end accidents, broadside crashes, wrong way drivers, and more. Our attorneys also represent victims of multi-car collisions and head-on accidents. There are many types of automobile accidents, some of which may cause disabling injuries or death.
Some of the more complicated claims our Ohio auto accident lawyers litigate involve:
- Bike and pedestrian accidents. An automobile driver has the same responsibility to bicyclists as he or she has to other motor vehicle drivers and must yield the right of way to pedestrians who are legally crossing.
- Motorcycle crashes. A motorcycle is without doubt the most vulnerable vehicle on the highway. The rider has no side protection and no roof, making motorcyclist particularly vulnerable to severe injury or death.
- DUI-related accidents. If an intoxicated driver causes injury or death to another, the establishment who served him or her may be held liable under dram shop liability laws.
- Seatbelt usage. In situations where a driver or passenger is not wearing a seatbelt and is involved in an accident, the negligent party may try to mitigate damages by claiming the lack of seatbelt was to blame for their injuries.
- Uninsured/underinsured drivers. When reckless drivers do not have adequate insurance to cover your damages after they cause an accident, our attorneys help you recover maximum compensation so you do not have to pay for another person’s negligent mistake.
Additionally, our firm handles claims involving collisions between cars and commercial trucks. A fully loaded tractor-trailer can weigh as much as 90,000 pounds, or nearly twenty-five times as much as the average car. In most collisions between trucks and cars at highway speed, the truck driver may be injured but the car driver is usually catastrophically injured or killed. A car impacting a large truck at its side or rear is at risk of under-riding it, causing the car’s roof to be flattened and the passengers severely injured or killed. Trucks, especially those moving through city streets, can also sometimes overrun smaller vehicles when making excessively wide turns at intersections.
What is negligence, as applied to motor vehicle accidents?
Generally speaking, negligence is the lack of ordinary care: a failure to use the degree of care that a reasonably prudent person would use under the same circumstances. It may arise from doing something a reasonably prudent person would not have done, or from failing to do something a reasonably prudent person would have done. Thus, negligence in automobile accidents is most often associated with:
- Driver error. This includes failing to stay in one’s lane, yield the right of way, following too closely, speeding, driving while intoxicated or impaired (DWI), or disregarding traffic signs or signals.
- Failure to properly maintain the vehicle. Every vehicle owner/driver is responsible for keeping their car and its safety mechanisms in good working order, especially the steering mechanism, brakes, head and tail lights, and signal lamps.
- Driver distraction. This includes the driver attempting to read maps or change radio stations, using a cellular phone for talking or texting, or diverting his or her attention from the road to things inside or outside the vehicle.
Because Ohio is a “comparative negligence” state, liability and compensation are based on the degree to which multiple drivers may share responsibility for an accident.
There are dozens of kinds of injuries you or a loved one could sustain as a result of a serious crash. If you have been injured, or a loved one has been injured or killed in an auto accident, seek legal advice as soon as possible. The Ohio statute of limitations for personal injury cases gives an injured person two years from the date of an injury to file a lawsuit against those responsible, and if a suit is not brought in time, you may permanently lose any right to recover compensation
Let Crandall & Pera Law be your counsel for auto accident injuries
A qualified Ohio auto accident attorney at Crandall & Pera Law can help by being the point of contact between you and all other parties, including other drivers’ insurance companies and claims adjusters, and by overseeing the collection and evaluation of all the medical information and investigative reports necessary for your claim.
Please call us at 877-686-8879 or fill out a contact form to schedule a no-obligation consultation. We have five Ohio law offices located in Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Chesterland and Chagrin Falls.