Reckless Driving, Speeding and Traffic Deaths on the Rise in Ohio

car accidents

As the Coronavirus escalates, public roadways and highways have become empty in recent weeks as more people opt to stay in the safety of their homes. In an effort to reduce transmission among law enforcement officers, many police departments have also reduced the number and frequency of speed traps on highways. Many drivers appear to be taking advantage of the more open roads and lack of law enforcement, which has led to a dramatic increase in fatal car accidents nationwide.

A recent report released by the Governors Highways Safety Administration indicates a significant spike in speeding facilitated by the open highways. Many drivers have apparently completely thrown caution out the window, regularly hitting speeds of up to 100 mph. This, of course, makes the car accidents that do occur more dangerous.

The Governors Highways Safety Administration cautions every road user to adhere to set traffic safety laws, particularly during these unprecedented times where emergency response times may be longer and hospital resources are already stretched thin. The association is reminding road users to remain vigilant and follow all laws to avoid car accidents and reduce additional strain on hospital emergency rooms.

Recent car accident reports for 2020 to-date indicate that 17% of all traffic-related incidents involve pedestrians.

At the same time, the study indicates that pedestrians and bicycle riders have increased substantially in recent weeks following the decrease in motor vehicle traffic. More people sequestered at home means that more families are taking walks, going for bike rides and using our streets for entertainment rather than a means of conveyance. Drivers should be extra cautious of the increase in foot traffic.

The Governors’ Report suggest a significant increase in the number of speeding tickets issued in recent weeks.

Notably, some states have reported a reduction in crashes, but the few recorded accidents have turned out to be severe or even fatal, mainly because of over-speeding and reckless drivers. You may be tempted to put your foot down on a clear, unobstructed stretch of highway, but you should avoid this temptation at all costs.

Whether you are a driver or a pedestrian, obeying traffic rules is vital to keeping our roads and highways safe and accident-free as the country grapples with fighting this national pandemic. If you have been unfortunate enough to be involved in a car accident, you need an experienced car accident attorney on your side. Cowan & Hilgeman Law is one of Dayton’s top rated car accident attorneys. Call (937) 222-2030 today to schedule your FREE, no obligation phone or video consultation. If we don’t win your case, you don’t pay a penny.

Online Consultation: Consult with a Personal Injury Attorney From the Comfort & Safety of Your Own Home

online consultation

Collisions, slip & falls and other accidents haven’t stopped, so neither will we. It is more important than ever for Americans to understand that the law and justice is still on their side if they are injured due to someone else’s negligence, even during the Coronavirus lockdown. We can discuss your potential case and meet clients virtually via online consultation, sign documents securely via the internet, and continue providing Ohioans with access to justice from the comforts of their own home.

If you were injured in a crash, you will still need prompt and extensive medical care. You may also wish to pursue legal damages to cover the cost of treatment. The COVID-19 quarantine is also a very dangerous time for people in long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes and assisted living, as we have explained in a previous blog post. When care facilities are short-staffed, care of residents invariably suffers. We are here to help prevent that from happening.

Time is of the essence when collecting evidence to support your case, so you must not wait until restrictions have been lifted to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney.

We simply do not know how much longer stay-at-home orders will last. Don’t let your chance to receive fair and just compensation for your injuries slip by because of this uncertainty. The personal injury attorneys at Cowan & Hilgeman are proud to offer free online consultations. Call our office at (937) 222-2030 to schedule your free online consultation today.

Attorney Jack R. Hilgeman of Cowan & Hilgeman in Dayton, Ohio, named AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell.

JRH Crop

Attorney, Jack R. Hilgeman, Partner at Cowan & Hilgeman, has again been given the AV Preeminent® Rating by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings.

 

The AV Rating is the highest possible rating given by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review for a lawyer and is established wholly on a peer-review basis. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and judiciary.

Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards. The AV Preeminent designation signifies that Jack Hilgeman has been rated by Judges and fellow attorneys as having the highest possible rating for legal abilities and ethical standards. Attorney Jack Hilgeman has received the honor every year since 2016.

The AV Preeminent® rating is awarded to less than 5% of all attorneys across the United States, and is the highest rating offered by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. The Legal Ability Rating indicates professional ability in a specific area of practice and is based on five key areas:

  • Legal Knowledge
  • Analytical Capabilities
  • Judgment
  • Communication Ability
  • Legal Experience

The General Ethical Standards Rating denotes adherence to professional standards of conduct and ethics, reliability, diligence, and other criteria relevant to the discharge of professional responsibilities.

The personal injury lawyers at Cowan & Hilgeman have recovered millions in compensation for our clients. Our lawyers create plans of attack for each case specific to the client’s needs and expectations. The lawyers at Cowan & Hilgeman handle claims involving personal injury, medical malpractice, nursing home negligence, product liability and wrongful death. We routinely recover compensation on cases that other law firms reject.

Cowan & Hilgeman offers free personal injury case evaluations and only get paid an attorney fee if we win your personal injury case.

Call 937-222-2030 to get your free case evaluation.

Attorney Jack R. Hilgeman of Cowan & Hilgeman in Dayton, Ohio, named to America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators®.

Optimized Optimized thumbnail 2018 highstakes

Attorney, Jack R. Hilgeman, Partner at Cowan & Hilgeman, was named to the 2018 list of America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators, which is a professional organization identifying and highlighting the accomplishments of the nation’s most esteemed and skilled litigators in high stakes legal matters.

To be considered for selection, an attorney must have litigated (for either plaintiff or defendant) a matter (1) with at least $2,000,000 in alleged damages at stake or (2) with the fate of a business worth at least $2,000,000 at stake (i.e. bet-the-company litigation valued in excess of $2,000,000). These minimum qualifications are required for initial consideration. Thereafter, only the top 100 qualifying attorneys in each state will receive this honor and be selected for membership among America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators®. While selection for any award, honor, or exclusive membership organization is always subjective in nature, we have developed a comprehensive multi-phase selection process involving propriety algorithms and Qualitative Comparative Analysis in an effort to help ensure that only the most skilled and exceptional attorneys in the community are selected for membership.

Candidates for membership are initially identified through third-party research or peer nominations by other elite attorneys in the community. Once a candidate is identified, they are carefully screened first to determine that they meet the minimum requirements as a “High Stakes Litigator” through third-party research and analysis. Thereafter, all data regarding qualifying candidates is evaluated using our proprietary algorithms applying multi-criteria decision making methods to create a Pareto efficiency frontier.

These algorithms assess a broad array of criteria and data for each candidate, including (but not limited to) the attorney’s lifetime legal achievements, professional experience, significant case results and/or verdicts, peer reputation, client satisfaction, other notable honors, media notoriety, and community impact, among many other proprietary factors. The Pareto efficiency frontier created by the analysis of these criteria establishes a measure for each attorney that indicates the relative effectiveness of the attorney in comparison to other attorneys in the community. Through Qualitative Comparative Analysis, the most efficient and effective High Stakes Litigators among the community are then identified for selection among America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators®.

Every attorney selected for membership among America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators® must pass through this multi-phase screening process and be found among the Top 100 High Stakes Litigators in their community based on our screening criteria. Attorneys cannot buy or “peer nominate” their way into membership. If an attorney does not meet the standards established by our criteria to be selected among the Top 100 in their community, then there is no amount of money (or peer nominations) that will change that.

The integrity of our multi-phase selection process is paramount in achieving our objectives and ensuring that all attorneys selected for this great honor reflect the highest ideals and ethical standards of the legal profession.

Attorney Jack R. Hilgeman of Cowan & Hilgeman has recovered millions in compensation for his clients. The personal injury lawyers at Cowan & Hilgeman handle claims involving personal injury, medical malpractice, nursing home negligence, product liability and wrongful death.

Cowan & Hilgeman offers free personal injury case evaluations and only get paid an attorney fee if we win your personal injury case.

Attorney Jack R. Hilgeman of Cowan & Hilgeman in Dayton, Ohio, named to The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 ®.

NTL top 40 member logo

Attorney, Jack R. Hilgeman, Partner at Cowan & Hilgeman, was named to The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 under 40; a professional organization composed of the top trial lawyers from each state or region who are under the age of 40.

Membership into The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 under 40 is by invitation only and is extended exclusively to those trial lawyers practicing civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense law.

Membership is extended solely to the select few of the most qualified attorneys from each state who demonstrate superior qualifications of leadership, reputation, influence, stature and public profile measured by objective and uniformly applied standards in compliance with state bar and national Rule 4-7. Invitees must exemplify superior qualifications, trial results, and leadership as a young lawyer under the age of 40. Selection is based on a thorough multi-phase objective process which includes peer nominations combined with third-party research.

Attorney Jack R. Hilgeman of Cowan & Hilgeman has recovered millions in compensation for his clients. The personal injury lawyers at Cowan & Hilgeman handle claims involving personal injury, medical malpractice, nursing home negligence, product liability and wrongful death.

Cowan & Hilgeman offers free personal injury case evaluations and only get paid an attorney fee if we win your personal injury case. 

Call 937-222-2030 to get your free case evaluation.

Attorney Jack R. Hilgeman of Cowan & Hilgeman in Dayton, Ohio, selected to 2018 Ohio Rising Stars.

JRH Crop

Attorney, Jack R. Hilgeman, Partner at Cowan & Hilgeman, has been selected to the 2018 Ohio Rising Stars list. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. Independent research is conducted to evaluate the attorney’s special licenses/certifications, honors/awards, experience, representative clients, transactions, verdicts/settlements, position within the firm, bar and/or professional activity, pro bono and community services, scholarly lectures/writings, education/employment background and other outstanding achievements.

The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys. The Super Lawyers lists are published nationwide in Super Lawyers Magazines and in leading city and regional magazines and newspapers across the country. Mr. Hilgeman focuses his practice on personal injury, medical malpractice, nursing home negligence, product liability and wrongful death claims throughout the state of Ohio. He has represented hundreds of clients injured as a result of another’s negligence and recovered millions in compensation on their behalf

The personal injury lawyers at Cowan & Hilgeman have recovered millions in compensation for our clients. Our personal injury lawyers create plans of attack for each case specific to the client’s needs and expectations. The lawyers at Cowan & Hilgeman have been recognized as some of the best personal injury lawyers handling claims involving personal injury, medical malpractice, nursing home negligence, product liability and wrongful death. We routinely recover compensation on cases that other law firms reject. We offer free case evaluations and only get paid an attorney fee if we win your case.