Located in northeastern Butler County, Trenton is home to several heavily traveled roads, including State Street and Wayne Madison Road. The Ohio State Highway Patrol reports that several deadly car accidents occurred in Butler County in 2019. These devastating accidents were caused by various factors and led accident victims to endure severe consequences including large medical bills and lost wages.
The Common Types of Ohio Car Accidents
There are various types of Ohio car accidents, which can range from less serious to deadly. Some of these accidents leave victims with bumps or bruises, while others result in much more life-changing injuries that require extended hospitalization. Some of the most common types of car accidents that we encounter include:
- Head-on collisions. The collision between the front ends of two vehicles is one of the deadliest types of car accidents. These accidents commonly result from motorists traveling in the wrong direction, driving while distracted, or losing control while moving at an excessive speed. While head-on collisions often result in serious injuries, they also often result in fatalities.
- Hit and run accidents. Drivers have a responsibility to obey traffic regulations as well as to stop at the scene of an accident and provide emergency care. When motorists drive off without providing care, they can endanger the lives of accident victims.
- Multiple vehicle accidents. These accidents involve multiple vehicles and commonly result in numerous injuries. Heavily traveled roads are one of the most common places for multiple vehicle accidents to occur and often occur when one motorist makes a mistake and collides with a nearby vehicle.
- Rear-end collisions. These accidents most often occur when motorists fail to pay attention to their surrounding conditions or operate their vehicles in a reckless manner. If motorists do not have time to respond to conditions, they can easily end up colliding with the vehicles in front of them.
- Single vehicle accidents. Each year in Ohio, many motorists end up striking stationary objects like houses and telephone poles as well as pedestrians. Most pedestrian accidents are devastating in nature because pedestrians do not have adequate protection from the force of motor vehicle collisions.
- Side impact collisions. These accidents most commonly occur when vehicles turn left into oncoming traffic. The injuries incurred in these accidents are often serious because driver and passenger sides of vehicles lack the same degree of protection as the front.
While many people understand that car accidents often include physical injuries, these accidents also commonly result in emotional harm for accident victims. These injuries can be difficult to quantify because while physical injuries are visible, the wounds created by emotional trauma are often invisible.
The Most Common Causes of Ohio Car Accidents
Even the most vigilant drivers in Ohio are not always able to avoid colliding with other vehicles on the road. Many of these accidents occur as a result of a driver error. Some of the most common causes of these car accidents include:
- Aggressive driving. Motorists who tailgate or weave through traffic to reach their destination more quickly are at increased odds of ending up in deadly accidents.
- Distracted driving. Motor vehicle operators who try to do multiple things while driving often divert their attention from their surroundings. One of the most common causes of distracted driving are motorists who use their cell phones to text or check social media while driving. Some other distracted driving patterns include eating, drinking, putting on makeup, and playing with the radio while driving.
- Ignoring traffic regulations. Ohio drivers who disobey speed limits, run red lights, or do not yield when told to end up in many car accidents.
- Intoxicated driving. Motor vehicle operators who are drinking alcohol or driving under the influence of drugs are at risk of serious car accidents. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 3,637 people were killed in Ohio accidents involving drunk drivers between 2003 to 2012.
- Vehicle issues. Sometimes accidents occur that are not caused by the drivers involved. If a vehicle manufacturer was negligent in creating a vehicle and used faulty or defective parts, deadly accidents can result. Some of the most common types of faulty vehicle parts that can jeopardize the lives of motorists include brakes, engines, and steering wheels.
Speak with a Seasoned Car Accident Attorney
Ohio car accident victims often find themselves facing various unexpected hardships. If you or a loved one has been impacted by a car accident in Trenton or any other part of Ohio, you should not hesitate to speak with a knowledgeable attorney. Contact Kruger & Hodges today to schedule a free case evaluation.