If you have been seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident in Dayton, Ohio you deserve an attorney with experience, knowledge, resources and proven results. With millions of dollars recovered in verdicts and settlements, The Kollin Firm L.L.C. has a unique understanding of motor vehicle law as it applies to injury and wrongful death accidents, along with an in-depth knowledge of the automobile insurance industry.
Experience that Counts
At The Kollin Firm L.L.C., we have experience representing Ohio car accident victims with virtually every type of serious or catastrophic injury, including amputations, brain injuries, head injuries, spinal cord injuries, multiple bone fractures, and other injuries. We can help you recover full monetary damages for your:
- Medical expenses
- Future medical costs
- Rehabilitation costs
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Other accident related expenses
- Causes of Auto Accidents
Car accidents have many causes, including drunk driving, aggressive driving, excess speeding, driver drowsiness, poor road conditions, vehicle failure, stuck accelerators and negligence. Negligent driving can be a driver not paying attention due to countless different distractions including driver texting, cell phone misuse, eating, changing the radio station, reading, or even putting on cosmetics. Many times accidents are caused by a combination of these. If we represent you in your case, we will fully investigate every potential avenue of liability and hold the responsible parties fully accountable to the maximum extent. Why? Because, when you are injured in a car accident, the medical bills, lost wages and daily pain will not magically disappear and the responsible party should have to bear the cost, not you. That is why the attorneys at The Kollin Firm L.L.C. fight so hard for you, to make sure you don’t have to suffer the financial costs associated with a motor vehicle accident that was the result of someone else’s carelessness.
If a member of your family has died in a fatal car accident, truck accident, motorcycle accident or bicycle or pedestrian accidents, we understand that your family may be facing difficult challenges along with financial strain from the loss of a loved one. We can provide personal support and effective representation, and help you obtain justice for a loved one’s wrongful death. Compensation for a wrongful death claim can include recovery for final medical expenses, funeral expenses, future lost wages and loss of a loved one’s companionship. See our wrongful death page or contact us for more information.
Ohio Drunk Driving Accidents
Drunk driving is a serious problem in Ohio, and contributes to many fatal and injury accidents every day in Ohio.
Understanding Drunk Driving Statistics
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) refers to drunk driving crashes as “alcohol-impaired-driving” accidents. The NHTSA’s figures often change as more data becomes available. The following statistics are estimates and subject to fluctuation. But even if the numbers change with time, the lesson remains the same – drunk driving claims lives.
United States Drunk Driving Car Accident Statistics (2008)
- There were 11,773 drunk driving deaths in 2008.
- 2008 showed a 9.7% decrease from 2007 in alcohol-impaired driving deaths.
- Drunk driving deaths (11,773) accounted for 32% of the total amount of United States car accident deaths (37,261) in 2008.
- 1,347 children ages 14 and younger died as occupants in car accidents in 2008. Of those deaths, 216 (approx 16%) were the direct result of drunk drivers.
- Along with the 1,347 child occupant fatalities, another 34 children died as pedestrians or bikers who were hit by drunk drivers.
- Nighttime drivers were four times more likely to die in drunk driving crashes in 2008 than those driving during the daytime.
- In 2008, weekend drivers were twice as likely to be involved in drinking and driving car crashes than weekday drivers.
- The 21-24 age group accounted for 34% of all alcohol-impaired-drivers who died in accidents in 2008. The 25-34 demographic accounted for 31%, while those from 35-44 years of age accounted for 25%.
- Despite being under the legal drinking age, American teens from the ages of 16-20 were more likely to be killed while driving under the influence than adults ages 55-64. Teens accounted for 17% of all drivers who were involved in drunk driving crashes, while those from 55-64 accounted for 12%.
- Of the drunk driving crashes where seat belt use was known, nearly 75% of all drunk drivers killed in accidents in 2008 weren’t wearing seat belts.
- In the United States, a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) level of .08 or higher is considered above the legal limit in nearly every state. The most frequently recorded BAC level among drivers who were killed in alcohol-impaired-driving accidents in 2008 was .16, or twice the legal limit.
- Drunk drivers who were over the legal limit when they died in 2008 were eight times more likely to have been previously convicted for drunk driving.
- In 2008, 6,316 passenger vehicle drivers were over the legal limit when car crashes claimed their lives.
- In 2008, it was more dangerous to drive drunk on a motorcycle than in any other vehicle. The percentage of bikers with a BAC level of .08 or greater when they died in a crash was higher than the amount of drunk drivers who died while operating other vehicle types.
In 2009, approximately 32 percent of fatal crashes in the United States were alcohol related. In Ohio, and most of the United States, the legal limit for blood alcohol concentration for drivers 21 years of age or older is .08 g/dL (grams per deciliter) or higher. Additionally, research by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety suggests that the risk of being killed in a solo-vehicle crash for drivers with a BAC between .05 and .09 is 11 times higher than drivers without any alcohol in their system. If you have been injured as a result of a drunk driver getting behind the wheel, we can help you obtain justice and compensation for your injuries.
FREE Auto Accident Case Review
Please contact us today to schedule your free consultation with a trial attorney from The Kollin Firm L.L.C. We are available to take your call seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Our experienced auto accident lawyers will evaluate all the issues related to your case and potential claim, including compliance with Ohio traffic laws, Ohio motor vehicle regulations, your medical treatment, and liability assessment. Because there are statutory deadlines for filing personal injury claims, meeting with an attorney from The Kollin Firm L.L.C. to evaluate your case as soon as possible is highly recommended. We have offices throughout Ohio, and our attorneys are also available to make home and hospital visits.