After being involved in an automobile, motorcycle or truck accident, your main concern should be getting better. Let Kevin Kurgis deal with the insurance company.
Thanks to technology, today’s vehicles are safer than those produced even 10 years ago. However, there are still thousands of accidents on Ohio roads every year that result in serious injury or death. If you or a loved one were injured in an auto accident, the professional team at The Law Offices of Kevin Kurgis can help you file a claim and get the compensation you deserve.
Reckless driving is among the most common causes of car accidents. Unfortunately, negligent drivers create dangerous situations on and near the road.
- Speeding – Driving faster than the posted speed limit is one of the most common forms of reckless driving, whether it’s 5 mph or 20 mph over the speed limit. High speeds can result in the driver not having enough time to make corrections, based on conditions.
- Running Red Lights – For many people, a yellow traffic light means they should speed up to get through the intersection before it turns red. Unfortunately, if they are still in the intersection when cross traffic gets the green light, they may be broadsided or hit another vehicle.
- Tailgating – It occurs when one vehicle follows another too closely. At low speeds, the result is often a minor fender-bender. However, tailgating at highway speeds can result in multi-vehicle accidents and fatalities if the driver in the rear must swerve, hit the brakes or take other evasive action to avoid hitting the car in front.
- Passing Illegally – When two solid yellow lines separate the travel lanes, it is unsafe to pass. Doing so increases the risk of a head-on collision. Many roads also have a white line separating the travel lane from the shoulder. It is often narrower than a car, may not be uniform in width and is not meant for passing.
- Cutting People Off – One vehicle pulling in front of another can have dangerous consequences. It can result in a rear-end collision, swerved into another travel lane or losing control of the car and going off the road. Cutting off other drivers can result in road rage, which often leads to additional reckless driving activities.
Changes in the weather can affect regular driving patterns and behaviors. Even skilled drivers may have difficulty adjusting in extreme conditions.
- Fog – Decreased visibility can make it difficult for drivers to see other vehicles, obstacles in the road and to determine speed. High beams often reflect off the fog, making it even harder to navigate.
- Glaring Sunlight – The angle of the sun often results in drivers being unable to see through the glare. A beautiful sunny day can become deadly when the glare prevents people from seeing the cars around them.
- Rain and Snow – When water mixes with the oil and dirt on the road, the surface becomes slick. The same effect occurs when ice covers the roadway. Loss of traction can cause drivers to lose control of the car. Attempting sharp turns or quick stops may result in sliding off the road or into traffic.
It is not only other vehicles on the road that can cause a crash. Man-made dangers increase the potential for an accident, putting drivers and passengers at risk.
- Construction zones – Altered traffic patterns, heavy equipment, and road crews all affect the safety of those traveling the roads.
- Poor road conditions – Uneven or bumpy surfaces and potholes as a result of poorly maintained roads increase the accident potential. These conditions can cause mechanical failure, such as a flat tire and loss of vehicle control.
- Faulty traffic lights – Blinking red lights or no traffic lights at all can increase the risk of collision at intersections.
- Incorrect signage – Lack of accurate signs notifying drivers of one-way streets, construction zones or other conditions can lead to inappropriate driving behavior.
Although the majority of car accidents are due to road conditions, driver negligence and weather, there are also accidents caused by mechanical defects. In some cases, the driver may not even be aware they exist until it’s too late.
- Tire blowouts – Under-inflated or worn tires can blowout when it happens at highway speeds. When this happens, the driver may lose control of the vehicle. Chunks of a blown tire may be thrown into or under other cars, causing them to crash as well.
- Faulty brakes, steering and suspension systems – Although there may be symptoms that indicate something is wrong with one of these systems, drivers may not be aware of it. When a malfunction occurs at high speeds or when turning, controlling the vehicle may be difficult.
- Headlight or taillight failures – Low visibility results in more accidents occurring at night. Broken or faulty lighting systems are dangerous for the driver of the vehicle and present a danger to those around them.
Why Choose The Law Offices of Kevin Kurgis
Our experienced car accident lawyers in Ohio can help you navigate the complex legal process and ensure you are up-to-date on the progress of your case. We can help you thoroughly document your injuries with understanding and compassion. Contact us today to schedule an appointment or learn more about how we can help you file a claim after an auto accident.
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Our lawyers have specific experience with:
- Rollover, rear-end, and intersection collisions, crashes, and accidents
- Hit-and-run accidents
- Uninsured and underinsured drivers
- Wrongful death suits
- Alcohol and drug-related accidents
- And more
We can help you document your injuries and get the medical attention you deserve.
And remember, “I don’t get paid, unless you get paid.”
The personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Kevin Kurgis serve serious injury and wrongful death cases in Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Toledo, Akron, Dayton, Parma, Canton, Youngstown, Lorain, Hamilton, Springfield, Kettering, Elyria, Lakewood, Cuyahoga Falls, Euclid, Middletown, Mansfield, Newark, Findlay, Urbana, Chillicothe and Zanesville OH areas.
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