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Speeding is the most common traffic violation, cited across Ohio, which is likely to increase the risk of a vehicle collision. Excessive speeding significantly shortens a driver’s reaction time and ability to avoid other motorists on the road.

Speeding is common on almost any street in Cincinnati, though highways are the most likely place where motorists speed and cause Cincinnati auto accidents.

Speeding fines from the Ohio Highway Patrol can reach up to $500, though that usually doesn’t stop negligent motorists from exceeding the speed limit and endangering other Cincinnati motorists.

Road safety advocates and personal injury lawyers urge motorists to consider the consequences of reckless driving, and the potential legal action available for victims of Cincinnati auto accidents.

Other common causes of car accidents  include: drunk driving, texting and driving, driver fatigue, reckless driving, road rage, and driving a vehicle unfit for the road.

Most injuries and deaths on Ohio roadways are preventable. Those motorists and passengers injured through no fault of their own may be left with medical bills, lost wages, physical and emotional pain and suffering, and permanent injury. Compensation may be available. Your Cincinnati auto accidents lawyer can assist in the legal process.

Following a serious auto accident, victims should contact an experienced Cincinnati auto accidents lawyer to investigate.

Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Ohio Catastrophic Auto injury attorney, well-versed in the science and economic impact a severe injury or death has on a victim’s life and family. 


Common Ohio Traffic Violations


  • Running Red Lights & Stop Signs
  • Not Signaling & reckless lane changes
  • Crossing the median
  • Driving in car pool lane
  • Failing to stop for school bus
  • Failing to yield to motorcyclists
  • Failing to stop for an emergency vehicle—fire engine or ambulance
  • Cyclists hit or forced from road
  • Not stopping for pedestrians—pedestrians suffer hundreds of injuries annually
  • Driving on shoulder of road or between lanes
  • Speeding in Work Zone
  • Reckless driving—speeding, swerving
  • Driving without a license, insurance, or registration

Ohio Traffic Violations & Car Accident Lawsuits


Following an Ohio automobile accident, those involved may be injured, medical costs may be mounting, and insurance companies may be very difficult to deal with.

After seeking professional care to treat sustained injuries, it may be time to consider what legal actions may be necessary to recover proper compensation for property damages, medical expenses, lost wages, lasting effects of injuries and emotional suffering.

A car accident in Ohio or another state may be the result of several factors, and there may be more than one party liable for your injury, making legal recourse complicated without an experienced personal injury attorney. You may have a claim if a serious auto accident was caused by one or more of the following factors:

Unsafe Roads & Ohio Auto Accidents


Around 800 Americans die each year in car crashes related to winter weather. Fog, snow, freezing rain, sleet and ice, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, are major contributors to car accidents and road fatalities.

Over the years, Ohio has been the deadliest state for winter weather auto accidents with more than 420 deaths in a five year period. Accidents and injuries result from poor road design, negligent driving behavior and defective tires. Following any winter car accident, it is prudent to contact a legal professional to weigh legal options and to ensure full insurance coverage. The Lyon Firm works with Accident Investigators to determine the root cause of an accident.

The deadliest states for winter car crashes are all located in the Midwest, including Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Indiana. Winter weather can cause major road disruptions and unforeseen dangers for America’s motorists.

The number one cause for accidents is excessive speeding in poor road conditions. When cars traveling too fast try to brake, they may slip on ice and snow and spin out of control.


Cincinnati Car Accident Litigation


If you decide to file a lawsuit following a car accident in Cincinnati, an Ohio lawyer can assist you navigate the following process:

Filing a complaint: Victims and attorneys determine fault and name the specific defendants, or the parties being sued, which can include individual negligent drivers, transport companies, municipalities, car manufacturers, or construction companies.

An Ohio attorney can help you describe the reasons for the lawsuit in a legal format and document filed in court. Defendants will then be served with copies of the complaint. After defendants are served by the plaintiff, the defendants are required to provide a response to the original complaint in writing, which they will state their defenses to the filed injury claim.

Discovery: There are different elements in the discovery process, including depositions, interrogatories, and requests for certain documents. Attorneys will question parties and witnesses under oath in depositions.

Interrogatories are requests for written answers to questions. Document requests in a car accident lawsuit will likely seek medical records and police records, and any other document that supports or disputes the claim.

Settlement or trial period: most Cincinnati car accident lawsuits are settled out of court, which is a possibility at all stages of litigation, up to and including during the trial.


Ohio Traffic Violations


Statistics published by the Federal Highway Administration help describe the hazards of snow and ice on roads. More than 115,000 people are injured in winter vehicle accidents annually. Following any car accident and injury, it is important to preserve physical evidence of the crash for any potential legal action in the future.

Damages related to property and compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering and long-term disability may be available. The Lyon Firm has obtained large settlements in auto injury and wrongful death lawsuits.


Following a serious car accident, victims should contact an experienced Cincinnati auto accidents lawyer to investigate Ohio traffic violations.

Joe Lyon is an experienced Ohio personal injury attorney, well-versed in the science and economic impact such an injury or death has on the victim’s life and family.


Cincinnati Auto Accidents Lawyer


Plaintiffs involved in a car accident due to Ohio traffic violations are urged to seek legal counsel and heed the advice of an experienced Cincinnati auto accidents lawyer who have experience in properly litigating cases.

Collecting evidence like photos and witness testimony can be extremely helpful to your case, though other behaviors can be very detrimental to a case. If you plan to file a car accident claim, it is important that you refrain from the following before, during and after legal proceedings:

  • Do not lie to police, investigators, insurance companies or attorneys
  • Do not make any mistakes on your No Fault forms
  • Do not openly talk about your case
  • Do not post anything on Facebook, Twitter or other social media outlets
  • Do not sign your rights away
  • Do not wait too long—there are statutes of limitations
  • Do not dispose of any evidence—protect photos and statements
  • Speak to an attorney before any insurance agents

 


 

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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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