Vehicle accidents can change your life at a moment’s notice. And they frequently do — several times an hour in the Cincinnati region, according to the Accident Data Center. In fact, Hamilton County and the surrounding counties in Northern Kentucky experience some of the highest rates of accidents, according to both the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Kentucky State Police activity statistics.
If you or a loved one is seriously injured in an auto accident, it’s important to know where you stand from both a personal and legal standpoint, and which steps and procedures to pursue. Because of its long and complex nature, the process to deal with motor vehicle accidents can be an overwhelming and confusing one, but Burg Simpson can help.
Who’s at Fault?
Because of its proximity to other states, accidents in and around Cincinnati can be a bit tougher to maneuver. For example, because Ohio is considered a “fault state,” the person at fault for an auto accident is financially responsible for all of the provable economic and non-economic damages that occur. But because Kentucky is a “no-fault state,” there are different rules, and thus, different legal options to work around. This is important to keep in mind if an accident occurs just outside of state lines. Burg Simpson is well-versed in the legal intricacies that govern each state and has a proven track record of excellence in regards to accident law.
Car accidents are never convenient, and considering the stressful nature of the situation, it can be difficult to know which steps to take first. You might not know if you even have a lawsuit to begin with. And when you are still trying to rebuild your life, knowing how long you have to file a lawsuit may not enter your mind right away, if at all. The time periods for filing a lawsuit are different in Ohio and Kentucky, which is why it is important to contact an attorney to protect your rights.
Typical Causes of Auto Accidents
Car accidents can be caused for a number of reasons:
- Careless/reckless driving
- Distracted driving (cell phone usage, etc.)
- Failure to obey traffic signals
- Defective roadways
- Obstacles in the road
- Drug/alcohol use
- Defective vehicle
- Other factors
Police-Recorded Motor Vehicle Accident Statistics
Click on the links below for important data regarding car accidents:
• 2015 Ohio Crash Facts (provided by the Ohio State Highway Patrol)
• Kentucky fatal crash trends (provided by the Kentucky Transportation Center)
• 2015 US fatal incidents and statistics (most recent report provided by the NHTSA)
If you or a loved one is seriously injured due to a car accident, contact the attorneys at Burg Simpson to protect your rights.