Akron Car Accident Attorney
Helping Victims of Car Accidents in Akron, OH
If you were involved in a car accident, you know how stressful and overwhelming the situation can be. You are likely dealing with injuries, property damage, and possibly even the potential of financial loss. On top of that, you now have to deal with insurance companies, legal paperwork, and the possibility of ongoing medical treatment. You just want to get back to normal as quickly as possible.
That is where our Akron car accident attorneys at Murray & Murray can help. We can handle the insurance companies, the paperwork, and the legal matters so you can focus on your recovery. Our goal is to help you get the best possible outcome for your case.
Understanding Car Accident Liability in Ohio
Car accident laws in Ohio are based on the concept of fault. Ohio follows a "fault" or "at-fault" system, which means that the driver who is determined to be responsible for causing the accident is generally held accountable for the resulting damages.
Ohio applies a modified comparative negligence rule. This means that if you are partially at fault for the accident, the amount of compensation you receive may be reduced based on your percentage of fault. However, if you are found to be 51% or more at fault, you may be unable to recover any compensation.
If you sustain injuries in a car accident due to someone else's negligence, you may be eligible for compensation for various damages such as medical expenses, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Collecting evidence, including photographs, witness statements, and medical records, is crucial to support your claim.
Common Causes of Car Accidents
Car accidents can occur due to various factors, and it is important to understand the common causes in order to prevent them. Below are some frequently encountered reasons for car accidents:
- Distractions while driving, such as texting, talking on the phone, eating, using in-car technologies, or distractions caused by passengers.
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, impairing judgment, coordination, and reaction times, leading to a higher risk of accidents.
- Driving at excessive speeds, either above the speed limit or too fast for the road conditions, which reduces the driver's ability to react and increases the severity of accidents.
- Reckless driving behaviors like tailgating, weaving through traffic, ignoring traffic signals, or disregarding road rules.
- Adverse weather conditions, such as rain, snow, ice, fog, or strong winds, which make roads slippery and reduce visibility, thereby increasing the likelihood of accidents.
- Fatigue or drowsiness, which can impair attention, reaction times, and decision-making abilities, and may even lead to falling asleep at the wheel.
- Failure to comply with traffic laws, such as running red lights or stop signs, or not yielding the right of way, often resulting in collisions with other vehicles or pedestrians.
- Inexperience, where drivers lacking experience or those who have recently obtained their license may be more prone to errors or misjudgments on the road.
- Mechanical failures, such as faulty brakes, tire blowouts, or steering issues, which can cause drivers to lose control of their vehicles and lead to accidents.
- Poor road conditions, including disrepair, potholes, inadequate signage, or suboptimal road design, all of which contribute to accidents.
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Our legal team can assess your case, investigate the accident, and help you hold the at-fault party liable for your injuries and losses. We are ready to protect your rights and best interests inside and outside the courtroom.