Located in Butler County and home to Miami University, the city of Oxford, Ohio is home to many busy roads that are common accident sites, including Route 73. Unfortunately, many deadly car accidents occur each year in Butler County. A law enforcement officer from the Ohio State Highway Patrol commented that more than half of these deadly accidents could have been avoided if drivers had avoided making “bad choices.”
Common Types of Oxford Car Accidents
Ohio car accidents occur in various ways, but some of the most common types that our clients experience include:
- Head-on collisions. Various situations can cause head-on collisions including brake failure, drunk driving, and vehicles that drift into opposing lanes of traffic. Head-on collisions often result in devastating injuries and substantial vehicle damage.
- Rear-end collisions. Rear-end collisions are often caused by distracted driving or tailgating. These collisions still happen even though vehicles are equipped with lights and warnings. The most common injuries caused by rear-end collisions are whiplash and any type of neck or cervical strain.
- Rollover collisions. Almost always devastating in nature, rollover accidents are not always the result of an irresponsible driver and are sometimes caused by environmental factors like rain and snow. Cars and trucks are not the only types of vehicles known to roll over in Ohio. Semi-trucks can also lose control or be pushed over as the result of heavy winds or icy roads. Head and neck injuries are a common result of rollover injuries.
- Side impact collisions. Sometimes known as t-bone accidents or broadside collisions, these accidents most often occur at intersections when drivers run red lights or stop signs. These accidents also commonly occur when drivers switch lanes and fail to pay attention to the surrounding conditions. One common injury due to sideswipe collisions is a traumatic brain injury. Sideswipe accidents also commonly result in broken bones including sternum and rib fractures. Because many sideswipe collisions involve uncertainty about who is responsible, it is critical to avoid making statements to insurance carriers about any role you might have played in the accident.
- Sideswipe collisions. These accidents are a common occurrence on roads with multiple lanes and often happen when one motorist attempts to avoid rear-ending another vehicle. While many sideswipes involve fatigued drivers, other times these accidents occur because motorists underestimate the speed of the vehicles with which they are trying to merge.
Compensation After Ohio Car Accidents
When car accidents occur, they can leave victims facing substantial financial repercussions. Ohio car accidents often lead to hardships such as:
- Enjoyment of life. Serious injuries that result from Ohio car accidents can impact the lives of victims in countless ways. Not only are many victims left in constant pain, these injuries frequently prevent victims from enjoying life as they did before the accident.
- Health and well-being. Many Ohio car accidents leave victims needing long-term medical care as well as assistive devices, surgery, and therapy.
- Lost wages. Car accidents can leave victims either temporarily or permanently unable to return to work. It is critical to include lost wages in the compensation that victims seek after car accidents. The number of wages, the severity of the injuries, and the length of time work off will influence the amount of compensation awarded.
Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Claims
If you are an Ohio motorist who is involved in a motor vehicle accident caused by a motorist who did not have insurance or if you were injured while riding in another person’s vehicle, it is important to remember that you might be able to pursue compensation for the damage under your own insurance policy. While a large portion of Ohio’s population is insurance, not everyone is. Some people worry that if they pursue an uninsured or underinsured motorist claim, their insurance rates will increase.
In Ohio, however, laws prohibit insurance carriers from raising insurance rates if an accident victim makes these claims. As a result, if you are involved in an Ohio motor vehicle accident with someone who does not have adequate insurance, you should not hesitate to pursue a claim.
Speak with a Car Accident Lawyer
The attorneys at Kruger & Hodges understand just how trying the aftermath of car accidents can be. If you need the assistance of an experienced car attorney, do not hesitate to speak with a knowledgeable attorney who will fight for the results you deserve.