Vehicle Accidents | Cincinnati, Ohio | The Lyon Firm

Vehicle Accidents

Ohio Catastrophic Injury and Product Liability Attorney

In 1899 there were 26 recorded fatalities related to vehicle accidents.  As society became more dependent on vehicles as a means of transportation, the population increased, the vehicle speed capabilities increased, the number of vehicle accidents and fatalities and catastrophic injuries has increased dramatically.

In 2013, there were over 32,000 fatalities.  Most vehicle fatalities and injuries are preventable, and Ohio law, though the Civil Justice System,  provides remedies and compensation to victims and families who suffer injury though not fault of their own.

Legal Representation


Joe Lyon is a highly rated Cincinnati personal injury lawyer representing plaintiffs nationwide in a wide variety of civil litigation claims.  

Offering contingency fees, The Lyon Firm works with accident reconstructionists, biomechanical engineers, and forensic safety experts to determine the root cause of vehicle accidents.  In addition, the damages side of the case is equally important and we work directly with your treating physicians, and hire life care planners, vocational experts, and economists to understand both the economic and human loss specific to each client. If the case requires a trial,  Joe Lyon works with state of art trial technology to present the client’s unique story with compelling and professional advocacy.

Case Examples

The Lyon Firm obtained a $1 Million settlement for an underinsured motorist claim on behalf of a family who suffered the loss of their father when a motorist crossed a double yellow line while talking on the phone.

Types of Vehicle Accidents

  1. ATV Accidents
  2. Auto Accidents
  3. Trucking Accidents
  4. Boating Accidents
  5. Towing Accidents
  6. Vehicle Defects
  7. Negligent Highway Design

Types of Injuries Associated with  Vehicle Accidents


  1. Orthopedic Trauma
  2. Spinal Cord Injuries
  3. Crush Injuries
  4. Traumatic Brain Injuries
  5. Traumatic Eye Injuries
  6. Burn Injuries
  7. Wrongful Death

Legal Options

The legal options will depend on what caused the vehicle accident.  In low impact, soft tissue injury cases, it may not be necessary to seek legal counsel.  In a case  involving a more serious injury, an attorney should be consulted.  The interplay of complex liability questions, subrogation, and potential future life care plans require the attention of an attorney experienced in vehicle accident lawsuits.

Vehicle Accident: If the accident was caused by another driver’s negligence,  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.

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 spinal cord injury.

Workplace Accidents:  The first step is whether the case is limited to Worker’s Compensation.  This analysis requires a thorough understanding of Employer Intentional Tort law which has become more difficult in recent years.  Often the case requires a removal of an equipment safety guard or a knowing violation of an OSHA regulation to move past a motion for summary judgment.

What is a Fair Settlement Value for a Vehicle Accident Lawsuit?

The settlement value will depend on a number of variables. No injury lawsuit is exactly the same and each case will require an evaluation of the following variables.  As the evidence is developed, some aspects may become stronger and some weaker, and the lawyer must re-evaluate the case each step of the way. The following a list of variables that must be considered in every injury settlement process:

  1. The venue where the trial will occur
  2. The Judge
  3. Whether any issues exist that could result in a Motion for Summary Judgment being granted and the chance of such a motion being granted
  4. The existence of pre-existing conditions that limited the quality of life
  5. The credibility of the plaintiff
  6. The credibility of the defendant
  7. Whether the independent treating physician is supportive of the case
  8. Whether other events may have caused or contributed to the injury
  9. The amount of subrogation
  10. The expenses to take the case to trial
  11. The chance of success at trial
  12. The verdict range with a successful verdict
  13. Whether a settlement will adequately care for the Plaintiff in the future
  14. Whether the Plaintiff has suffered a permanent injury
  15. Whether damages caps apply
  16. Whether settlement will fairly compensate the Plaintiff while reducing the risk and cost of additional litigation.


Provided the burden of proof is surmounted, Ohio provides substantial monetary compensation for catastrophic injuries.  Ohio has damages cap on certain personal injury awards but those damages caps do not apply in serious injury cases.  Compensation may be awarded for the following elements where the evidence supports the elements:

  1. Past Physical Pain and Suffering
  2. Past Mental Pain and Suffering
  3. Past Lost of Enjoyment of Life
  4. Past Medical Expenses
  5. Past Lost Wages
  6. Future Physical Pain and Suffering
  7. Future Mental Pain and Suffering
  8. Future Medical Expenses
  9. Future Loss of Enjoyment of Life
  10. Future Lost Wages or Loss of Earning Capacity
  11. Life Care Plans (home or vehicle improvements)
  12. Spousal Loss of Consortium (if applicable)
  13. Parental Loss of Consortium (if applicable)

If you or a loved one suffered an injury in a vehicle accident and have questions about the root cause and the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care, contact The Lyon Firm (800) 513-2403.  You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, and he will help you answer these critical questions. 

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