TOWING ACCIDENTS


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While recreational vehicles lead to much enjoyment in the outdoors, they can be dangerous on American roadways and lead to catastrophic injury and death if adequate care is not given by the manufacturer, dealership and the ultimate consumer.

In most cases, towing accidents are due to excessive sway leading to a loss of control.  The excessive sway may be a result of excessive weight, negligent hitch installation or a defective hitch design.

Following a towing accident where you suspect there was negligence, a defective product or simply have questions about what may have happened, you should contact and experienced product liability lawyer to investigate the matter.

Joe Lyon is an experienced Cincinnati Auto Accident Lawyer and Ohio product liability attorney who is well versed in the science and economic impact that such an injury has on a life and family.  

The Lyon Firm has developed compelling evidence in catastrophic injury cases through the use of biomechanical engineers, life care planners, economists, and neurologists to present the highest quality evidence and arguments on the Plaintiff’s behalf.

This work has resulted in significant six and seven figure settlements that enhanced and secured a dignified quality of life for the Plaintiff’s future. 


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The legal options will depend on what caused the towing accident and injury. In most cases, these injuries are too serious for the injured party to negotiate a fair and comprehensive settlement without an attorney.

The interplay of complex liability questions, subrogation, and future life care plans require the attention of an attorney experienced in complex catastrophic injury and product liability lawsuits.

There are personal injury cases where an attorney may not be necessary, but towing accidents are usually result in permanent injury and should be addressed by a lawyer qualified in complex personal injury matters.

Vehicle Accident: If the case is only about a vehicle accident, there is typically insurance available to compensate the injured party. However, often individual vehicle insurance policies will not be sufficient to fully compensate the victim. In those cases, it may be necessary to find additional defendants that contributed to the accident sequence and can therefore contribute to compensating the injured party.


Ohio Towing Accidents


  • Trailer weight exceeded the trailer tongue weight
  • Trailer weight exceeded the trailer towing weight
  • Trailer weight exceeded the vehicle’s rated capacity for towing

These weights are all pre-determined by the manufacturer for consumers. If the gross weight of either component is exceeded, it can cause an inability to steer or brake.

In extreme circumstances, when the weight of the trailer is greater than the weight of the automobile, drivers can experience a loss of control as their camper sways from one side to the other.  Since the camper weighs more than the gross weight of the vehicle itself, the camper effectively gains control of the vehicle and the passengers inside.

Dealership NegligenceCases involving trailer campers often involve negligence on the part of the dealer, at least to some degree. When a dealer is looking to sell a trailer suitable for your vehicle, they must keep in mind the Rated Capacity, the Trailer Towing Weight, and the Trailer Tongue Weight.

These values will all be specific to your vehicle; for instance, based on the hitch you have on your automobile, your trailer tongue weight may be different.

It’s important for dealers to find and know these weights, as well as the cargo capacity drivers are expecting to carry. If it turns out that dealers incorrectly sold you a trailer not compatible with your vehicle, dealers were negligent in their sale.


Additional Examples of Dealership Negligence:

  • Sold or installed hitch with loose bolts
  • Recommended and sold incorrect hitch model for that particular modeled car
  • Failed to recommend or sell a hitch stabilizer when there needs to be one

Product Liability: Where the injury was caused by a defective product, the litigation path is much more expensive and complex. The attorney will need to evaluate the viability of the defendant and cost to prove the case through expert testimony.

Product liability cases can be some of the most expensive types of litigation, but where there is a viable defendant, the cases should be evaluated carefully to determine if a defective product caused the towing accident.


Ohio Towing Accident Injuries


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Why are these cases important?

In the immediate aftermath of serious car accidents, victims are often injured and wondering about the cause of the crash, how they will pay for damages and medical costs, and how to recover compensation for lost wages and pain and suffering. After all injuries are treated by medical professionals, it is critical to start building a personal injury case with an experienced Ohio car accident lawyer.

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Questions about Truck Accident Cases

What is a motor vehicle accident lawsuit?

Regardless of the cause of car accidents, victims deserve representation in order to help recover losses, and to identify the liable parties involved. Ohio car accidents may be the result of defective auto components, negligent motorists, poor road conditions or poor road design, among other risk factors. 

 

A motor vehicle accident suit holds parties responsible for the injuries and damage caused, as well as alerting companies or insitutions of any necessary risks that may have caused the accident. 

What is the process and why should I pursue it?

The process involves preserving evidence of the collision, getting witness testimony, and hiring accident experts to determine who was responsible for the auto accident. 

Since most auto insurance policies are not capable of compensating someone injured in a catastrophic accident, it is advisable to contact and hire an experienced personal injury lawyer to properly investigate the case.

What are the common causes of motor vehicle accidents?

There are numerous causes of auto accidents on Ohio’s roadways, including driver negligence, driver fatigue, distracted drivers, driving and texting, poor road conditions, and unsafe highway design. Regardless of the primary cause of a car accident, it is important to investigate with experienced accident reconstruction experts and contact a Cincinnati Auto Accident Attorney to weigh your legal options.

One safety study concluded that negligent highway design and conditions are a factor in more than half the fatal crashes in the United States.  Some common design flaws may include:

  • Sharp Turns
  • Poor Road Maintenance
  • Blind Spots
  • Poorly lit roadways
  • Poor Signage
  • Unsafe on and off ramps
  • Excessive speed limit
  • Narrow shoulder or no shoulder
What are common types of MVAs?
Distracted Driving

Times have changed in recent years with so many drivers looking at their phones. Texting and driving is a huge issue, and even as it’s illegal, the problem persists. The number one cause of car accidents involve distracted motorists that divert their attention from the road. Drivers may talking on a phone, sending a text message, adjusting the radio or eating food. Any distraction for a few seconds can be the difference between a safe trip and an accident.

Driver Error

Whether a simple mind lapse that results in a driving mistake, or ignoring a traffic law, driver error is a leading cause of road accidents. Common driver errors are failing to signal a turn, drifting into a different lane, cutting off drivers, ignoring road signs, following too close, speeding, and failing to stop at signals.

Speeding and Reckless Driving

Excessive speeding increases the risk of a traffic accident dramatically. As driver increase the rate of travel they significantly decrease their ability to adjust to traffic and other objects in the road. The faster a driver travels, the less stopping distance they will have.

Reckless driving includes unsafe lane changes, improper turns, tailgating, and racing.

Drunk Driving Accidents

Drivers under the influence of alcohol cause many car accidents every day. Almost a third (30 percent) of fatal car accidents in the U.S. are alcohol-related. Also, drug-related accidents are common. Even as states crack down on drunk driving, the number of drivers who drink and drive still present a problem. Victims of drunk driving accidents are likely to settle valuable cases.

Ignoring Traffic Signals

Negligent drivers run red lights and stop signs, and thereby risk causing accidents. Running red lights often causes high-speed side-impact collisions, which are particularly dangerous. Drivers in a hurry are some of the most dangerous motorists on the road.

Teen Driving Accidents

Young drivers and teenagers lack road experience and pose a serious risk. Teen drivers cause many car accidents, and drivers aged 16-20 kill nearly 8,000 people each year. Driver training and support is integral to creating a safer atmosphere on Ohio roads.

Ohio Driver Fatigue Accidents

It’s not only truck drivers that drive while extremely tired. There are a lot of drivers on the road that have sleep disorders, or have a changing work schedule that inhibits their driving ability. Many drivers on the road in Ohio are often too tired to properly operate their vehicle. They make poor driving decisions and create dangerous situations.

Road Rage Accidents

Road rage and aggressive driving can easily lead to an accident. If you observe a driver visibly upset, you are encouraged to keep a distance. If you tend to get angry with other motorists, remember that nothing good can come of driving more aggressively or speeding up to catch another driver in traffic.

Dangerous Ohio Roads

City authorities have a duty to clear roads of debris and snow and other materials. If an auto accident occurs due to city officials failing to create safe roads, a municipality can be held liable. Roads may also be unsafe due to poor road design and traffic signal placement. Contact The Lyon Firm if you suspect an Ohio road of being particularly dangerous. You may save the life of another Ohio motorist.

Unsafe Road Work

Work zones are very dangerous for both workers and drivers. Many work zones are poorly marked, poorly manned, and uneven pavement can easily cause an accident. Many road construction contractors fail to provide a safe driving environment, and any road work accident can be investigated following a collision.

Failure to Yield

Many roads are only as safe the drivers and traffic flow. When drivers fail to yield to cars or trucks, a collision can occur, leading to serious injury. All drivers must pay attention to all signage and yield to traffic, particularly on highway ramps.

Ohio Uber Accidents

Rideshare companies have produced a great deal of drivers who may be in a hurry to pick up fares, and can be overworked as well. Uber accidents and Lyft accidents are more and more common. Victims of rideshare and taxi accidents may have good accident claims against negligent drivers.

Ohio Pedestrian Accidents

With more distracted drivers come more pedestrian accidents. Pedestrians have a right to cross the street, and yet this has become a hazardous exercise. Crosswalk accidents and School Zone accidents can be severely dangerous and deadly.

Ohio Cycling Accidents

Ohio Cyclists have a right to share all roads except for freeways, but many drivers do not respect bicycles on the road. Cycling accidents should be investigated, as many motorists are guilty of aggressive driving around bicycles.

Your Right to Safety

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In 2016, 1,132 motorists were killed in vehicle accidents in Ohio alone. Regardless of the cause of car accidents, victims deserve representation in order to help recover losses, and to identify the liable parties involved. Ohio car accidents may be the result of defective auto components, negligent motorists, poor road conditions or poor road design, among other risk factors.

Injured motorists and passengers in Ohio may be able to file a claim against negligent motorists and trucking companies and can seek compensation for incurred medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other damages.

Our Victories

The Lyon Firm aggressively, professionally, and passionately advocates for injured individuals and families against negligent individuals or companies to obtain just compensation under the law. 

DISTRACTED DRIVER

WRONGFUL DEATH

$1,000,000

(Brown County, Kentucky):  Joseph Lyon was second chair a case involving a driver texting and driving when he crossed the median, killing a father of four. The case was resolved once discovery confirmed the cell phone records proved the texting-related incident. The settlement will pay for the surviving childrens’ education. The driver was likely facing additional criminal charges at the time of the settlement.

MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT

$495,000

(Cincinnati, Ohio):  Joe Lyon was lead counsel in a $495,000 settlement. The case involved a motorcycle operator who sustained fractures of the calcaneus, talus, medial cuneiform, tarsal bones, and tarsometatarsal when a car ignored its driving lane and crossed into his right-of-way. Settlement provided repayment of medical bills of $20,000 and funds for future education to re-enter the work force in a less physically-demanding job.

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