Were you involved in an Ohio
Our Dayton Personal Injury Attorneys want to help
Dayton Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyers
Dedicated to advocating for Ohio’s injury victims
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.
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
$250,000.00Client alleged he sustained a neck injury which required surgery. Defendant offered $0 prior to the filing of lawsuit alleging that Client’s neck conditions were pre-existing which caused the need for surgery after the accident. Policy limits were obtained shortly before trial.
$245,000.00Client was struck by drunk driver causing spinous process fracture at T1-C7.
$225,000.00Client alleged injury to his neck which resulted in compression fracture but did not require surgery.
$200,000.00Client sustained a fractured pelvis and sacrum.
$175,000.00Client sustained a tibial plateau injury which required surgery. Defendant offered $30,000 prior to the filing of lawsuit.
USPS / Amazon / UPS / Fedex Accidents
Uber / Lyft / Rideshare Accidents
Hit and Run Accidents
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Why wait? No Risk – No Fee – No Obligation.
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.
From the Blog
The car accident lawyers at Cowan & Hilgeman Law have been fighting for Ohioans for over 27 years. We serve the greater Dayton area, with our personal injury law office centrally located at the 12 W. MONUMENT AVE., SUITE 100, DAYTON, OH 45402. Our dedicated offices can be found in the heart of Downtown Dayton. As a Dayton native, Jack...
Being involved in a car accident can be a trying time in one's life. Experiencing an injury from such an event changes your life. No matter the perceived extent of your injury, you should not ignore them. One of the most controversial and common injuries in rear-end collisions is Whiplash. So What is the big deal about Whiplash? What do you do if...
It's a beautiful morning in Dayton. You have the day off, so you decide to take a drive across town to visit an old friend. You stop to fill up your tank, but upon leaving the gas station, the unthinkable happens: you are involved in a car crash. Still in shock, you look around while feeling dizzy. You realize your head hurts. You know that you...
A car accident can change your life permanently. If you have suffered any type of brain injury from a car accident, you will need to adjust your daily activities to accommodate your new normal. But what can you expect to face after such an injury? Furthermore, if you weren't at fault for the accident, how do you hold others accountable for it?...
Being involved in a car accident can be a life-altering experience. Even a minor accident can result in a confusing chain of events, from the moment your vehicle makes impact, there are important steps you will need to take to make the whole incident as painless as possible. But what if you suffer from an injury, like a fracture in an Ohio car...
Facing a car accident can cause extreme strife and hardship in one's life. Even a small fender bender with a tiny hybrid can be traumatic, and cause extensive damages to your well-being and the care of your car. When the smallest vehicles can cause such issues, you might shudder at the thought of the potential issues with something larger - like...
What We Can Do For You
Our personal injury lawyers have recovered millions of dollars for satisfied clients and often take cases other firms routinely reject. We are committed to results and take an individual approach to each case. One size does not fit all!