With affordable housing, a quality public education system, and opportunities for employment in the aerospace and manufacturing sectors, many individuals and families are proud to call Dayton home. However, traveling around the city can be hazardous, and thousands of car accidents occur on Dayton roadways yearly. Most of these accidents result from negligent driving behaviors, such as speeding, alcohol impairment, and distracted driving.
Ohio is a traditional fault state. If you were injured in an accident caused by someone else, you could seek compensation for the economic and psychological costs you incurred by filing a claim against the at-fault driver's auto liability insurance policy. If the at-fault driver's insurance provider fails to compensate the claim, it can be filed as a lawsuit in court within two years of the date of the accident.
An experienced Dayton car accident lawyer from Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, can help you understand this process and the services our legal team can provide to assist you with your claim.
- Why Trust Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, With Your Dayton Car Accident Claim?
- How Much is a Car Accident Case Worth in Dayton?
- Where Are the Most Common Locations of Car Accidents in Dayton?
- Types of Car Accidents and the Injuries They Cause
- Fighting the Insurance Company for the Compensation You Need
- What Do You Do After Your Car Accident?
- If a Dayton Car Accident Injured You, Contact Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA,
Why Trust Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, With Your Dayton Car Accident Claim?
Many lawyers in Dayton can help you with a car accident claim. However, if your case involves disputed liability or catastrophic injuries, these attorneys often lack the resources or reputation to fight for the compensation you need. As hard as it is to believe, many lawyers do not even have experience with litigation because they only take cases that are likely to settle.
The legal team of Dayton personal injury attorneys at Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, consists of skilled litigators and other legal professionals who can make a difference in cases nationwide.
The Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, works with local counsel in any jurisdiction outside Florida to file lawsuits in jurisdictions where we are not licensed. Thus, we will follow each State's ethical rules to ensure a local attorney is involved.
With various modern communication methods available—including phone, email, and even video conferencing—injured individuals from around the country can take advantage of the extended services and resources offered by a national law firm without even having to leave their homes.
To obtain a free case evaluation from Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, simply call our toll-free number or use our online contact form.
How Much is a Car Accident Case Worth in Dayton?
According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol's Crash Dashboard, Montgomery County sees more than 12,000 car accidents a year, including dozens of fatal accidents, nearly 300 accidents resulting in serious injuries, and more than 1,800 resulting in minor injuries.
Our injured clients frequently ask our lawyers how much the average car accident claim is worth. In truth, there are no average car accident cases. Each case involves unique facts, including the severity of the injury suffered, any permanent disabilities incurred, the amount of wage loss associated with the injury, and even the level of the at-fault party's carelessness or recklessness that led to the accident.
The compensation available for individuals injured in Dayton car accidents includes economic damages. They involve the payments of expenses such as medical bills, the cost of repairing or replacing the claimant's damaged vehicle, lost earnings, and other employment benefits. If you incur permanent and disabling injuries, you can also seek lost future earning capacity.
Claimants can also seek non-economic damages, which involve compensation for the impacts the injury caused to the claimant's quality of life, such as causing them to endure pain and suffering because of the injury, the inconvenience of medical appointments, the emotional distress experienced after an accident, the loss of the ability to enjoy activities and hobbies due to the injury, and more.
While calculating the value of economic damages is simply a matter of adding up bills and receipts, calculating the value of non-economic costs requires the claimant's attorney to consider all the factors listed above: the severity of the injury, the recklessness exhibited by the at-fault party leading to the accident, and the presence of permanently disabling injuries that will result in the need to account for future impacts and losses relating to the injury.
Where Are the Most Common Locations of Car Accidents in Dayton?
I-75 in Ohio, which runs through Dayton, sees more than its fair share of car accidents, as many types of traffic use the interstate to travel through, into, and out of Dayton. Interstates are common areas for accidents due to their traffic volume and faster speed limits.
However, one of the biggest hazards of traveling non-interstate roads in Dayton is intersections, where many lanes of traffic traveling in various directions all converge in a single area.
iHeartRadio Channel 999 reports that the following intersections in Dayton are considered the most dangerous.
- James H. McGee Boulevard and Third Street
- Philadelphia Drive and Salem Avenue
- Germantown Street and Broadway Street
- Gettysburg Avenue and James H. McGee Boulevard
- James H. McGee Boulevard and Philadelphia Drive
Types of Car Accidents and the Injuries They Cause
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, more than 650 people are killed yearly in Ohio in car accidents involving an alcohol-impaired driver. Drunk driving is among the most common causes of car accidents, along with speeding, distracted driving, and failure to yield the right-of-way at an intersection or when merging onto the interstate.
The most common types of two-vehicle accidents that occur on Dayton roadways include:
- Rear-end collisions, which occur when the front of one vehicle collides with the rear of another vehicle. This type of accident is often caused by a driver following another vehicle too closely.
- Head-on collisions, which occur when the front of one vehicle collides with the front of another vehicle traveling in the opposite direction. While these are less common than many other types of crashes, head-ons account for a higher number of fatalities due to the increased crash severity caused by the forward motion of both vehicles.
- Broadside (T-Bone) crashes, which involve the front of one vehicle colliding with the rear of another. This type of accident generally occurs at intersections due to one driver's failure to yield the right-of-way to traffic in other travel lanes.
- Sideswipe accidents, which occur when the sides of two vehicles collide, most often as a result of improper passing, failing to ensure there is a sufficient gap in traffic in which to enter a travel lane, road rage, or a drunk, drowsy, or distracted driver failing to maintain a single lane of travel.
- Rollovers, which occur when the vehicle rolls onto its side or roof. Rollovers are typically caused when a vehicle's wheels are "tripped" by an object such as a median or even another vehicle. They are more common in tall, narrow, top-heavy cars and trucks.
Car accidents can cause significant, life-altering, or even life-ending injuries, such as:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Damage to the soft tissues, spinal vertebrae, or discs in the back or neck
- Traumatic limb amputations
- Severe burns
- Broken bones
- Deep bruising and skin lacerations
Fighting the Insurance Company for the Compensation You Need
Insurance companies sell auto insurance policies that provide coverage for harm caused to others due to the insured's liability. They make their money through the premiums they collect on these policies and stay in business by continuing to sell more policies.
Unfortunately, while they must cover a legitimate claim, they will protect their own financial bottom line by devaluing or denying the claim by disputing liability or (more often) disputing the claim's value. The higher the claim is valued, the more likely the insurance company is to dispute the claim and be willing to endure the expense and uncertainty of litigation.
You cannot fight an insurance company for the compensation you need on your own, especially if you lack experience or education in personal injury law and the requirements of an insurance company to compensate for a claim. Experience and knowledge of the law are among the most important qualities an experienced Dayton car accident lawyer from Dolman Law Group can bring to your case.
Our attorneys know what insurance companies are required to do to resolve claims, and we know how to value the claim properly to ensure enough compensation is available to cover the expenses and impacts you have incurred.
We know the documentation and evidence needed to prove your claim to an insurance claims adjuster or a jury, and we have a legal team available to help gather this information.
An attorney from Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, knows that the statute of limitations for your claim is likely two years from the date of the accident, and we know the importance of filing a lawsuit before that deadline arrives.
What Do You Do After Your Car Accident?
Having the legal team at Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, help you with your Dayton car accident claim means you can focus on your recovery. At the same time, we perform the services needed to value your claim, file it with the insurer, negotiate a settlement, and even file a car accident lawsuit and present your case in court if necessary.
You can protect your claim during the personal injury claims process by:
- Complying with your doctor's treatment plan, including taking prescribed medications, attending scheduled appointments, and obtaining requested diagnostic imaging scans.
- Providing Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, with any evidence you have gathered about your case and the value of your claim, including the police accident report, bills, and receipts for injury or accident-related expenses (such as medical bills or car repair bills), photos from the accident scene or the contact information about witnesses.
- Avoiding discussions and posts about your case on social media, as this information can be requested by and ordered to be turned over to the at-fault party's insurer and their attorneys even if your social media posts are set to private.
- Tracking your scheduled appointments, day-to-day pain levels, missed work, and other impacts. Your attorney can use this information when determining your claim's value.
- Being patient as your case progresses through the claims process. Reaching maximum medical improvement so your attorney can value the claim takes time. Negotiating a settlement also takes time, and litigation takes even more time.
If a Dayton Car Accident Injured You, Contact Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA,
Car accidents are common in Dayton and can leave residents and visitors of the city with severe injuries and a need for compensation. The insurance company doesn't make the claims process easy, however, and the short two-year statute of limitations for personal injury claims means those injured must act relatively quickly to protect their right to seek compensation through the personal injury claims process.
While there are car accident lawyers in Dayton who handle car accident claims, having a national firm working on your case puts an expanded network of professionals and resources in your corner.
Our legal team has handled thousands of personal injury claims and has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of our clients. Between us, we have over 120 years of legal experience, enabling us to assist with even the most challenging claims.
To have an attorney evaluate your Dayton car accident claim for free, answer your legal questions, and tell you more about the claims process, call 833-552-7274 (833-55-CRASH) or message us through our online contact form.