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Car accidents are the most common cause of injuries and deaths as a result of negligence in Ohio.

The most recent report issued by the Ohio State Highway Patrol calculated more than 1,000 fatalities occurred in 2016 as a result of car crashes. Motor vehicles are powerful machines that cause significant injuries when they collide. When faced with uncertainty regarding your future, you need peace of mind.

In helping clients for over three decades, Cowan & Hilgeman understands how to protect your rights against professional insurance adjustors that stop at no cost to minimize your claim, deny your medical bills and treat you unfairly.  The motor vehicle accident attorneys at Cowan & Hilgeman will explain the entire claim process, from start to finish. 

Types of Car Accidents We Can Help With

Head on Collision

Any car accident can cause injury, but statistics show that head-on crashes are even more likely to result in serious harm or fatality to the driver or passengers in either vehicle.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reported a 58% fatality rate for vehicle occupants in frontal impact crashes in 2017. A head-on crash is more likely in a rural area, and 13% of all rural fatal crashes are head-ons. In urban areas, fewer than 7% of fatal crashes are head-ons.

Road Rage

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration defines road rage as when a driver “commits moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property; an assault with a motor vehicle or other dangerous weapon by the operator or passenger of one motor vehicle on the operator or passengers of another motor vehicle”.

The NHTSA makes a clear distinction between road rage and aggressive driving, where the former is a criminal charge and the latter a traffic offense. This definition places the blame on the driver.


Excessive speeding reduces the amount of time the driver has to react in a dangerous situation to avoid a crash, increases vehicle stopping distance, and reduces the ability of road safety structures (such as guardrails, impact attenuators, crash cushions, median dividers, and concrete barriers) to protect vehicle occupants in a crash.

Speeding was a factor in 26% of all traffic fatalities in 2018, killing 9,378, or an average of over 25 people per day.

High Speed Collision

The severity of injuries incurred in a high speed collision can be directly related to the speed of the vehicles in the collision. The faster a vehicle is traveling when it crashes, the more damage the vehicle will sustain. High speed impact crashes often leave accident victims with debilitating injuries and expensive medical bills. These types of accidents are typically caused by a careless driver, reckless or aggressive driving techniques, drivers who are distracted or failure to follow the rules of the road.

Texting While Driving

If you have been injured by a driver who was texting while driving, an accident lawyer at Cowan & Hilgeman Law may be able to help. Our attorneys can subpoena phone records to determine whether a driver was texting or talking at the time of the crash. Establishing that the other driver was driving negligently lets you pursue fair compensation in a legal claim or car insurance claim. By doing this, you can ensure that the other driver is held responsible for their reckless behavior.


drunk driving

Every day, 29 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. This is one death every 50 minutes. When a drunk driving injury claim goes to trial, juries often decide to fully compensate victims for their injuries, in addition to awarding punative damages. It is sometimes possible to hold a bar or restaurant responsible for the harm caused when it can be proven that they provided alcoholic beverages to a person that was noticeably intoxicated, knowing that this person would soon be driving.

Side Impact (T-Bone) Collision

Side impact collisions are very serious and common accidents. They are responsible for approximately 8,500 deaths per year.

Side impact car crashes most often occur at intersections when drivers run red lights or stop signs, and have a significantly higher chance of causing bodily damage when the struck car is broadsided by a larger car with a higher bumper.  This vulnerability in most automotives leads to more neck, spine, and head injuries than any other type of collision.

Asleep at the Wheel

Drowsy driving is almost always negligent driving, but proving it is the challenge.

Our experienced attorneys will obtain the police report generated after your accident, possibly subpoena the driver’s cell phone records and credit card receipts, and elicit key witness testimony to find any indication that the driver was awake too long or exhibited signs of drowsiness/inability to drive safely in the hours and minutes leading up to the accident. Investigators and expert accident reconstructionists may also be helpful in proving driver fatigue.


Rollover Accident

The injuries that result are often catastrophic or fatal, and according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, rollover accidents are second only to head-on collisions in their severity. It is estimated that 95% of all rollover accidents involving one vehicle are caused by tripping, which happens when a car’s tire hits something, like a curb or bump, and can happen because of car design, dangerous roadways, or defective tires.

We pride ourselves on client satisfaction and strive to fully explain:

  • All Compensation Available Under Ohio Law
  • Medical Bills – Who Pays and How to Get Them Paid
  • Lost Wage Repayment
  • Out-of-Pocket Cost Reimbursement
    • Collection of Medical Records and Bills
    • Value of Pain and Suffering
    • Expert Reports
    • Property Damage Repairs and Diminished Value Claims

    Cowan & Hilgeman has the experience and resources that are necessary to fully investigate your case and prosecute your claims. If you have questions regarding your claims or benefits, call us today to schedule a free motor vehicle case consultation.

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    See for yourself why so many clients have trusted the motor vehicle accident attorneys at Cowan & Hilgeman to protect their rights. We are proud to offer free face-to-face motor vehicle case evaluations.

    Please contact the Dayton Personal Injury Lawyers at Cowan & Hilgeman to schedule your free initial office consultation today.

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