GBM Law, based in Columbus, represents people and families who have suffered serious personal injury or wrongful death. We bring decades of experience and knowledge to every case and have recovered more than $200 million in verdicts and settlements for our fellow Ohioans. To learn more about how we can help you following an accident, contact us today at 877-706-6446.
London, Ohio is a city 25 miles southwest of Columbus, Ohio, and the county seat of Madison County. The population of London is just shy of 10,000 residents, making it one of the smaller cities in the state. Many London residents commute to Columbus for work, trading a longer commute for a more rural lifestyle and a city with rich heritage. For those that don’t commute to the state capital, major local employers in the area are the Madison County Hospital, the London Correctional Facility, and the Madison Correctional Institution, which is less than a mile from the London Correctional Facility.
Car accidents in London, Ohio
London is in the area where SR 56 (S. Main Street) and US 42 / State Route 142 intersect. Accidents occur on these thoroughfares and local streets. A decade ago, the Ohio State Patrol issued a Traffic Safety Bulletin reporting that Madison County was #1 out of Ohio’s 88 counties for the most speeding tickets 20-mph or more over the posted limit. Car accidents in London, Ohio are often not reported due to no local news media to report them, but county collision data can be found on the Ohio State Patrol website. In 2018, 361 crashes were investigated in Madison County. In the first six months of 2019, 405 crashes had been investigated, indicating a large uptick in collisions.
Causes of Ohio Car Accidents
Despite improvements in late model vehicles, like crash imminent braking, and dynamic brake support, car accident injuries and fatalities continue to be a major problem nationwide. The rise of Uber/Lyft throughout the nation are described as major contributors to traffic congestion in urban areas, which has been linked to more accidents, injuries and deaths. The top 5 causes of car accidents are:
- Driving while distracted
- Driving while intoxicated or under the influence
- Unsafe or reckless driving
- Rain / weather conditions.
Less common causes of car accidents are vehicle design or manufacturing defects or unsafe roadway conditions. For example, a Department of Transportation is doing extensive road construction work but fails to post signs of reduced speed limits and cover up existing speed limit signs. In another scenario, a large pothole has been reported numerous times and the entity responsible for repairing it simply fails to fix it.
When an accident is caused by negligence, the victim may pursue a personal injury claim. Negligence, by definition, is the failure to exercise reasonable care, or the degree of care an ordinary person would. If an unsafe driver, vehicle manufacturer or even state agency or municipality causes an accident, the person injured may be entitled to financial damages in a personal injury claim or lawsuit. Because Ohio is a Comparative negligence state, damages may be reduced if the injured victim is partially at fault for an accident. For example, if you were found to be 25% at fault for an accident, your damages awarded would be reduced by 25%.
Car accident insurance claims and the civil litigation system can be challenging and difficult to navigate by yourself. An attorney can help you maximize your claim and recover the maximum financial compensation you deserve. Before you consider accepting any insurance company settlement offer, talk to an experienced and knowledgeable lawyer. You have one opportunity to obtain compensation, and it is likely that you can recover far more with a personal injury attorney on your side. We welcome your call and look forward to speaking with you.
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