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Dayton Car 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.

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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

Dayton Car Accident Lawyers

In the bustling city of Dayton, OH, navigating the busy roads can sometimes lead to unforeseen circumstances, such as car accidents. While some might result in mere scratches and dents, others can be serious, causing grave injuries, substantial property damage, or even loss of life. The emotional and physical trauma can be overwhelming. Add to it the complicated legal aspects, and the situation becomes even more daunting. This is where skilled Dayton, OH car accident lawyers come into the picture.

Experienced car accident attorneys are experts at managing the intricate web of laws and regulations that surround these accidents. They are well-versed in Ohio’s complex legal system and are trained to protect their client’s rights effectively. Whether the accident is a minor fender-bender or a severe collision resulting in life-changing injuries, these professionals are equipped to handle the legalities, allowing you to focus on your recovery.

  1. One of the first steps a car accident lawyer would take is to assess the details of the accident. They will scrutinize police reports, witness statements, medical reports, and any other pertinent information to construct a robust case. Armed with this information, they can then identify the negligent parties and determine the rightful compensation that their client deserves.
  2. Dealing with insurance companies after a car accident can be tricky, as they often employ tactics to reduce or deny your claim. This is another area where a car accident lawyer can provide invaluable support. They negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf, ensuring that you receive a fair settlement that accurately reflects the damages you have suffered.

  3. If a satisfactory settlement can’t be reached, Dayton car accident lawyers won’t hesitate to take the case to court. These seasoned litigators have extensive courtroom experience, enabling them to present compelling arguments to the judge and jury. They are adept at navigating through the complex trial process, leveraging their deep understanding of the law to fight for the justice their clients deserve.

  4. Furthermore, a car accident lawyer can also help you explore other possible avenues for compensation that you might not be aware of. This can include claims for lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages related to the accident. Their comprehensive approach ensures that all potential sources of compensation are pursued.

  5. Hiring a car accident lawyer can be a game-changer when dealing with the aftermath of a car accident. Their expertise in the legal landscape, combined with a committed approach towards securing justice for their clients, makes them an invaluable asset in these difficult times. Remember, you do not have to navigate this stressful period alone. With a Dayton car accident attorney by your side, you can focus on your recovery while they handle the complexities of the legal process on your behalf.

  6. One of the main qualities that distinguishes a good car accident lawyer is their commitment to client service. These legal professionals understand the emotional turmoil that an accident victim goes through. Therefore, they aim to provide not just legal assistance, but also emotional support, walking with their clients every step of the way. Contact the experienced Dayton car accident lawyers at Cowan & Hilgeman today to discuss further information. 

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Client 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.

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Client was struck by drunk driver causing spinous process fracture at T1-C7.

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Client alleged injury to his neck which resulted in compression fracture but did not require surgery.

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Client sustained a fractured pelvis and sacrum.

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Client sustained a tibial plateau injury which required surgery. Defendant offered $30,000 prior to the filing of lawsuit.


Auto Accidents

Crosswalk Accidents

DUI Accidents

Bicycle Accidents

Motorcycle Accidents

Truck Accidents

USPS / Amazon / UPS / Fedex Accidents

Uber / Lyft / Rideshare Accidents

Hit and Run Accidents

Types of Car Accidents We Can Help With

Head on collision

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

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

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

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.

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.

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