The most frequently filed personal injury lawsuits in any courthouse involve motor vehicle collisions. As per the Ohio Department of Public Safety, 305,964 motor vehicle accidents were reported to Ohio law enforcement agencies in 2016. In those, 77,514 people were injured, and there were 1,054 fatalities. More than 306 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes every day along with nearly three fatal crashes.
Common causes of Ohio motor vehicle crashes in 2016
There are a wide variety of driver errors that cause motor vehicle collisions. The most common of those errors in Ohio in 2016 involved:
- Following too closely (79,654)
- Failure to control (44,341)
- Failure to yield (38,021)
- Improper lane usage (28,132)
- Improper backing (9,928)
- Unsafe speed (9,912)
A personal injury lawyer can see certain types of injuries more than others in motor vehicle crashes. We most often encounter:
Neck and back injuries
These are categorized as hyperextension-hyperflexion (whiplash) injuries. They’re the most common type of injury suffered in motor vehicle crashes. They involve spinal ligaments, discs, spinal nerve roots and sometimes even the spinal cord. These types of injuries can affect the spine from top to bottom. They can be serious, and it’s not unusual for these injuries to require surgery and rehab.
Traumatic brain injuries
A closed head injury is usually diagnosed as a concussion. Concussions can be mild, moderate or severe. They’re occur when the brain crashes inside of the skull from front to back or side to side. Some closed head injuries can be permanent. An open head injury involves a piercing from blunt force trauma. Bone fragments might penetrate the brain and require neurosurgery. The chances of a permanent brain injury increase dramatically.
Leg and knee injuries
These are usually caused by the trauma of a foot or leg impacting with the interior of a motor vehicle. They’re not protected by air bags or seat belts. Knee cartilage tears from abrupt twisting or multiple leg fractures including the ankles aren’t at all unusual.
Other motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians can be injured as a result of the negligence of a careless motorist. Once the injured claimant is able to prove negligence, he or she has the opportunity to seek damages. Those damages might include:
- Past medical bills and medical bills reasonably expected to be incurred in the future
- Past lost earnings and earnings reasonably expected to be lost in the future
- Any permanent disfigurement
- Any permanent disability
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of a normal life
- Funeral and burial costs in the event of a wrongful death
The general rule is that you have two years from the date of a motor vehicle accident to file your lawsuit for injuries. You don’t want to wait that long. Evidence can get lost or destroyed, and witnesses can die or vanish into thin air. Contact us right away at 419-930-3030 for a free consultation and case evaluation after being injured in any motor vehicle accident. No legal fees are due unless we obtain a settlement or verdict on your behalf.