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Cincinnati Speeding Accident Attorney

Speeding accidents are a common cause of serious injuries in Cincinnati. Despite all of the speed limits placed on Ohio roadways, many drivers drive significantly faster than the posted limit. The faster a vehicle is traveling during the collision, the harder it is to stop. Speeding accidents involving large trucks and SUVs can cause devastating injuries. Drivers who speed act negligently, and they should be held accountable for the injuries caused by their negligence.

If you’ve been in a serious car accident, and you know that the other driver’s speeding caused the accident, you may be entitled to compensation. The sooner you seek legal representation, the better. At Jones Kahan Law, LLC, we have helped many clients throughout the Cincinnati area obtain compensation for injuries caused in a car accident.

Types of Injuries Caused by Speeding Accidents

Speeding is one of the most common causes of serious highway accidents. While many Cincinnati speeding accidents happen on freeways, they can also happen in neighborhoods and on residential roads. The force of the impact of the car accident is greater when one of the drivers is speeding, resulting in serious accidents. Some of the most common severe injuries caused by speeding accidents include the following:

  • Neck and back injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Soft tissue damage
  • Nerve and muscle damage
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
  • Lacerations
  • Broken bones
  • Amputations
  • Emotional trauma
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Paralysis
  • Disfigurement or permanent scarring
  • Mental anguish

What to Do After a Speeding Car Accident

Being involved in a serious car accident is often traumatic. One minute you’re driving along, and the next you’re being taken in an ambulance to a hospital, often in severe pain. While at the scene of the speeding accident, it can be easy to unintentionally admit that you were at fault for the accident. Be sure that you don’t admit fault in any way while talking to police officers, witnesses, or insurance companies. Receiving a thorough medical examination is important after a speeding car accident. Whether you will file an insurance claim or a personal injury lawsuit, it’s important that you receive a thorough medical evaluation after the speeding accident. Even if you aren’t sure if you were hurt badly, it’s wise to go to the hospital and receive an evaluation.

If you are able to do so, take photos of the accident scene, including photos of your injuries. Find any potential witnesses and write down their names and phone numbers. Also, avoid talking about your accident with the other driver and don’t discuss the accident on social media. Speaking to an attorney as soon as possible is a crucial aspect of recovering compensation.

Seeking Compensation Through an Insurance Claim

We recommend speaking to an experienced lawyer before you discuss the accident with an insurance company. Insurance companies often try to contact victims of a car accident soon after the crash. They may even say you don’t need to hire a lawyer. Insurance companies operate on a for-profit basis and are more interested in meeting their bottom lines than in providing a fair amount of compensation for victims of speeding accidents.

You don’t want to impede your ability to file a claim by unintentionally admitting that you caused the accident. Also, don’t accept the insurance company’s initial settlement offer without speaking to an attorney. Insurance companies usually make initial offers that are far too low in an attempt to settle the case quickly and cheaply. At Jones Kahan Law, LLC, we will help you negotiate with the insurance company to ensure you recover all the compensation you deserve for your injuries.

Proving Liability in a Cincinnati Speeding Accident Lawsuit

Ohio has adopted a comparative negligence legal doctrine. Under this doctrine, all of the parties who are at fault share the cost of losses and damages according to their percentage of fault. As long as a court determines that you were 50 percent or less at fault for the accident, you can still recover damages.

For example, if a court determines that the speeding driver was 80 percent at fault for the accident, and you were 20 percent at fault, you can still recover damages. The court will reduce your share of the damages by the percentage of your liability. Should the court award $100,000 in damages, you’d recover 80 percent of the damages, or $80,000.

At Jones Kahan Law, LLC, we have the tools and resources to investigate your case thoroughly. We can use accident reconstruction experts, video footage, and more to prove that the at-fault driver’s speeding caused your accident.

Recovering Damages After a Speeding Car Accident

In some cases, pursuing compensation through the speeding driver’s car insurance policy isn’t an option, or isn’t the best option. Under Ohio law, victims of car accidents caused by a speeding driver have a right to bring a personal injury lawsuit against that driver for damages. You will need to file your personal injury lawsuit within two years of the date of the speeding accident, or you’ll become barred by Ohio’s statute of limitations. Victims of car accidents are entitled to compensation for the injuries caused by the car accident. In Ohio, victims of car accidents can seek the following types of damages:

  • The cost of treatment, doctor’s visits, therapy, and rehabilitative costs
  • The estimated costs of all future medical care
  • The cost of medical equipment
  • The cost of an in-home caretaker
  • Compensation for lost income
  • Compensation for a diminished capacity to earn an income
  • Property damage, including vehicle damage
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment of life