Car Accident Attorneys in Dayton
Injured in a Collision? We Can Help
Reckless drivers are around us at all times. It’s likely that every time you drive, you see at least one other person using their cell phone behind the wheel, making a too-wide turn, or driving too fast. Sometimes, the actions of these reckless drivers fortunately do not impact other people. But when they do, the results can be catastrophic.
The Dayton car accident lawyers of The Attkisson Law Firm are here to help if you or a loved one have been harmed in a collision with a reckless driver. We are available to discuss the details of your case and guide you through the necessary legal processes to get you the compensation you deserve.
Causes of Car Accidents
Car accidents can be caused by many different factors. Although driver negligence is one of the most common causes, collisions may result from external factors such as poor road conditions, weather, defective vehicles, and other elements.
Because a car accident can result from so many different issues, there are multiple parties who may be at-fault for your injuries. In most cases, the other driver is at fault. However, parties such as mechanics, vehicle manufacturers, and government entities who are responsible for maintaining the roads could also be liable.
Some of the most common causes of car accidents include:
- General reckless driving behaviors
- Traffic violations
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Defective vehicle parts
- Negligent vehicle maintenance
- Road conditions
- Inclement weather
Is Ohio a No-Fault State?
Ohio is not a no-fault state. In order to recover compensation following a car accident, a person must file a claim with the other driver’s insurance company.
The process of working with the other driver’s insurance company may involve speaking and negotiating with the provider, establishing evidence of the other driver’s fault, and sharing details about your injuries. In all of these processes, the assistance of an attorney is essential. Insurance providers aim to pay claimants as little as they can, and will do what they can to deny or undervalue your claim. We understand the most effective ways to build a case and have extensive experience in dealing with insurance companies. Throughout your claim, we will make sure your rights are protected and that you can recover the compensation you deserve.
Contributory Negligence in Ohio
It is possible for multiple parties to be found liable for a car accident, and the state of Ohio accounts for this with contributory negligence laws. Under these laws, each party who is involved in a collision can have their compensation reduced according to their degree of fault.
For example, a driver may be found to be 20% at fault for a car accident because they were speeding at the time that the collision occurred. Although the other driver’s actions were the primary cause of the car accident and the 20% at fault driver sustained more significant injuries, they are still partially at fault. If their damages total $100,000, that amount would be reduced by 20% and they would be allotted $80,000 in compensation.