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Auto Accident Information from Top Attorneys in Cleveland Ohio

If you’re looking for a personal injury lawyer, odds are you are facing problems you wish you didn’t have. This is a time of stress and heartache for you and your family and you need injury lawyers you can turn to who will protect your rights and fight hard on your behalf.

C arm 828284Be sure to make notes of your injuries and any medical treatment.

Document the people - take down the names, phone numbers, and addresses of any doctors you visit whether they be:

  • Chiropractors
  • Physical therapists
  • Doctors
  • Any other professionals, you were referred to
If you get a prescription, keep your receipts.  Also keep the receipts for any devices such as crutches, back braces, or electrical stimulation units et. al.

Keep these records:

  • A journal or diary about your injuries and medical care.
  • Be specific about everything, and include such details as the degree of pain on a scale from 1-10, the amount of sleep you are getting and any inconveniences you experience from your injuries.
  • File every form of communication you had with medical professionals during treatment for your injuries.
  • This includes e-mails and notes that you record during and after telephone calls and doctor's appointments.
  • Keep track of travel expenses for medical appointments.

bigstock Neck And Back Pain 4608082NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, finds that more than three million are injured each year in auto accidents in the U.S.  The most common types of injuries are found below.

There are 2 main categories of injuries caused by car accidents:
  1. impact injuries
  2. penetrating injuries
The cause of Impact injuries occur when part of the person’s body hits some part of the interior of the car.  Penetrating injuries are typically cuts and scrapes.

Scrapes and Cuts

Loose objects inside the car become projectiles thrown about the car’s interior.  Cell phones, loose change, glasses, books, purses, books, or dash-mounted systems. If these items hit your body, they can easily cut your skin or cause other injury.

Sometimes these scrapes and cuts are relatively minor and require no medical treatment. More serious injuries can result in loss of blood, and may require stitches.

Cuts or scrapes can also result if the airbag deploys.
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After a car accident, you and your family must live on and put life's pieces back together.  There may be outstanding medical procedures, physical therapy or other psychological treatment needed.  It may mean work must be put on hold - but the bills keep coming.

You need a lawyer that can take on insurance companies and has the resources and experience to handle these and other complicated issues.

Gioffre & Schroeder is ready to help.

Give us a call to schedule a free consultation.

We cover all of the Cleveland Ohio metropolitan area: from Sandusky to Canton to Ashtabula.

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Gray crash 050818 1 They fight for us Cleveland Ohio LawyerGioffre & Schroeder Co., L.P.A. are your Cleveland Ohio area personal injury attorneys if you do find yourself in a car accident.

You need to do everything you can to avoid an auto accident. 
 
Some car accident causes are obvious to experienced drivers, but the list below is intended to help educate all levels of drivers.

Here are the top ten causes for car crashes

1. Distracted Driving

The number one cause of car accidents is not a criminal that drove drunk, sped or ran a red light. Distracted drivers are the top cause of car accidents in the U.S. today. A distracted driver is a motorist that diverts his or her attention from the road, usually to talk on a cell phone, send a text message or eat food.
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Common Car Accident Injuries

There are some common types of injuries from victims of auto collisions.  If you have been involved,, contact us immediately.

  • Neck and Back — This could include whiplash, herniated discs, spinal cord damage, sprains, or strains.
  • Burn Injuries — Burns can run the spectrum from minor to fatal. Serious burns may require skin grafts and result in scarring.
  • Soft Tissue Injuries — When muscles, tendons, or ligaments are stretched or torn in an accident, the pain can be significant and lingering.
  • Head and Brain — This can include concussions or other traumatic brain injuries, internal bleeding, skull fractures, or lacerations that require plastic surgery.
  • Spinal Injuries – When the spinal cord is damaged, and the severity of the injury, a loss of movement or sensation in the lower extremities may result.
  • Broken Bones — Broken bones can be extremely painful, may require surgery to fix, and can take a very long time to heal.

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ohio country road auto accidentThese six tasks will help you maximize a settlement from a auto accident.

  1. Keep accurate records
  2. Follow your physician's orders
  3. Do not accept an offer from the insurance adjuster before talking to an attorney
  4. Document the accident - take photos
  5. Keep detailed records of any Injuries 
  6. Contact us - an attorney that fights for you

1. Keep detailed and accurate records

When you are involved in a car accident and believe it was caused by the other driver, it is crucial to keep accurate records of the crash. You will need to gather police reports, medical treatment documentation, and any potential witness statements.

The other driver's insurance company will try to collect information that could be used against you, which will leave you at a severe disadvantage if proper documentation of the accident is not kept.

When you hire a personal injury attorney, they complete this investigation for you, ensuring all of the appropriate records are gathered and presented during the settlement process.

Your attorney will rely on those documents during the negotiation process with the other party's insurance company.

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gioffre schroeder top ohio auto accident lawyersAnswer - In Ohio you have two years to file a claim for either or both personal injury and property damage.

Ohio has a damages cap of $250,000 or three times the amount of economic damages.  The most common damages are for medical care, auto repairs and missed work.

Ohio is an at-fault car insurance state. The person at fault is responsible for all losses and damages.  So, if you have been hit by a car you, can file an insurance claim.  If the amount of damages exceeds the policy limits, the policyholder is legally responsible to pay for any damages that the insurance company cannot cover.

We can walk you through the insurance barrier and court proceedings.

Give us a call (216) 771-1144

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wrongfull death lawsuit in ohioA wrongful death claim occurs when a person or people die because of the fault of another person.

"Common law" in the United States did not allow this type of lawsuit.  During the last century, however, state and federal courts have created the right to bring a wrongful death action. Every state in the United States now has some kind of wrongful death law.

These claims involve all fatal accidents from automobile accidents to complicated medical malpractice cases.  Govt. agencies, companies and citizens can deemed legally at fault for acting negligently and / or for acting intentionally.

There are four primary components  in wrongful death (as defined by law).  Surviving family members filing a lawsuit must prove each component to win the case for financial recompense. The four key components are:

  1. Negligence – Surviving family or their legal representatives must prove the death was caused by the recklessness, carelessness, or negligent actions of the other (aka defending) party.
  2. Breach of Duty – It must be proven that the defendant owed a duty to the deceased victim. For example, the driver of the car maintains a duty to drive safely, follow and obey all traffic laws.
  3. Causation – The lawsuit plaintiff must also prove how the defendant’s negligence caused the death.
  4. Damages – The death of the victim must have generated quantifiable damages such as hospitalization, medical expenses, funeral and burial costs, loss of income and potential earnings, loss of protection, guidance and inheritance along with pain and suffering of the victim prior to death.
Proving these points in court through a wrongful death lawsuit requires producing strong convincing evidence and expert witness testimony presented by a skilled attorney specializing in wrongful death cases.

Ohio Auto Fatality Statistics by Year

Ohio State Highway troopers are continuing to focus on impaired driving enforcement — and those efforts are paying off, according to area post commanders.

According to a statement released by the patrol, crashes involving impaired drivers accounted for 34 percent of all fatal crashes in Ohio in 2017, a decrease from 2016. In 2017, there were 14,389 OVI-related crashes on Ohio roadways, killing 397 people and injuring 8,803 others. During that same period, troopers removed over 27,000 impaired drivers from Ohio roadways.
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injury from a car crash get an attorneyThere are certain types of damages to claim from a personal injury lawsuit from car crash injuries.

Medical Expenses

If you are in a car accident, injuries may be as minor as a few cuts and bruises, or as serious as paralysis or some other permanent disability.

Some injuries may not become symptoms immediately.  Over time, however, they may need additional medical care down the road.  It’s important to undergo a complete medical examination immediately following a car accident if you believe you may have been injured.
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worst intersection in cleveland for car crashes street viewThe 5-way intersection at East 55th Street, Woodland Road and Kinsman Road again holds the distinction of being the most dangerous urban intersection in five counties, according to data compiled by the state.

The intersection averages nearly 52 crashes a year, the Ohio Department of Transportation reports, five more per year on average than the second most dangerous crossing at at Mentor Avenue, Broadmoor Road and Reynolds Road in Mentor.

When to report an accident to the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles

If all of the following apply, you must report the accident and complete and submit a Crash Report within six months of an accident:
  • The driver or owner of the other vehicle did not have valid insurance or other financial liability coverage at the time of the accident.
  • The accident resulted in death, injury or property damage exceeding $400.
  • Your report must include detailed and current information regarding your insurance coverage. If you did not have liability insurance when the accident occurred, your driving privileges may be suspended. You will be required to file proof of future financial responsibility (SR-22) in order to have your driving privileges reinstated.
  • Make a copy of the accident report form for your personal records. You can mail the original directly to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, Attn: Accident Reports, P.O. Box 16583,Columbus, OH 3216-6583
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Drinking and driving is a sure fire cash award to you in ohioIf you are hit by a Drunk Driver, what are your legal options?

A drunk driver can face criminal prosecution even if there is no accident or injury involved. A civil case based on drunk driving comes in the form of an injury lawsuit filed by the victim of a drunk driver, or in the case of a fatality, filed by the victim's next of kin, to recover damages.

If you’re in a car accident and another driver was DUI or under the influence drugs, you have a good probability of getting compensation for any injuries due to the car crash.  You need to call us and have us being filing a personal injury lawsuit against the offender.

If There Was a DUI Conviction, You've Got a Great Case

In some cases, insurance companies will jump through hoops to avoid a lawsuit.  One situation is when their insured in convicted of DUI or DWI during a auto accident.  Insurance companies knows that if the lawsuit against their insured goes to trial (with a jury), there may be a very large monetary award they may have to pay.  The insurance company would rather pay a high settlement than risk a jury award.

Contact us to make an appointment for a consultation.

There were 32,166 fatal motor vehicle crashes in the United States in 2015 in which 35,092 deaths occurred. This resulted in 10.9 deaths per 100,000 people and 1.13 deaths per 100 million miles traveled. The fatality rate per 100,000 people ranged from 3.4 in the District of Columbia to 24.7 in Wyoming. The death rate per 100 million miles traveled ranged from 0.52 in Massachusetts to 1.89 in South Carolina.

These stats were compiled by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.  If you or a loved one are involved in a fatal auto accident, please contact us immediately!

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These statistics were compiled by the Association for Safe International Road Travel:
  • Over 37,000 people die in road crashes each year
  • An additional 2.35 million are injured or disabled
  • Over 1,600 children under 15 years of age die each year
  • Nearly 8,000 people are killed in crashes involving drivers ages 16-20
  • Road crashes cost the U.S. $230.6 billion per year, or an average of $820 per person
  • Road crashes are the single greatest annual cause of death of healthy U.S. citizens traveling abroad

Sometimes after a minor injury in a car accident in Ohio, many drivers think they do not need an attorney.

Thinking this way is a mistake.  Sometimes injuries do not manifest themselves until weeks or months after the car accident.  If have been in an accident from someone else's negligence, contact us as soon as possible.  We can help obtain compensation for medical or rehabilitation expenses now and in the future.  Remember, you may be entitled to compensation to make you whole.

An automobile accident attorney can help you fully understand options and assist you  in your negotiations with insurance companies.  The settlement process may seem simple, but you can avoid obstacles in the process.  Being low-balled by insurance companies or other drivers is not an option with us.

Gioffre & Schoeder give you the best chance at getting a positive outcome.

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call for help with your car accident in ohioIf you are injured in any type of auto accident, including a hit-and-run car accident, you may be eligible to collect compensation from any negligent parties. If you have sustained an injury, you should hold the negligent parties responsible for any loss of income and medical expenses. Through no fault of your own, an injury has occurred. You are entitled to fair compensation.

By contacting one of our qualified car accident lawyers that specializes in serious accidents you are making the smartest choice in legal representation. We will investigate the car accident scene, the vehicles, along with any other evidence that came into play at the time of your auto accident. We will stand up for you against any insurance company, wrongdoer, trucking company or anyone else who has caused you harm through no fault of your own. It is our responsibility to make sure your rights are upheld and defended.

If you have been involved in a car accident, there are several steps you should take to protect your health and future interests.

  • Contact the local police authorities and file an auto collision report. By filing this report, you are able to document the facts quickly after the accident to avoid error and help ascertain the party at fault.
  • Receive proper medical care for any injured persons. Call an ambulance if necessary or visit an emergency care facility as soon as you leave the scene of the accident. It is important to note, some injuries may not be immediately apparent – for this reason, it is crucial to be examined by a doctor.
  • Do not leave the scene of the accident until you have gathered all of the necessary contact information from all people involved such as names, phone numbers, addresses and the insurance information. In addition, gather the names and contact information for any witnesses.
  • Do not discuss the accident or your injuries to anyone other than the police, your doctor or your lawyer. Giving statements to insurance representatives without speaking to your auto accident lawyer first can damage your legal case.

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