Many prospective clients call us after a Cincinnati accident and tell us that the crash report (or “OH-1”) mistakenly cites them as being at fault for the accident. This can be a very frustrating experience to say the least. We generally see this happen with “side-swipe” and/or “t bone” style accidents at intersections where each driver claims he or she had the right of way.
Gather the Evidence
Regardless of what the officer or report says, it is very important under such circumstances to gather all the information or evidence one can obtain. Photographs, names and addresses of witnesses, photos of skid marks, etc., can all prove to be very useful down the road. (Of course, when one is injured in an accident this concern can -and should- come secondary to seeking medical attention.) It is not uncommon for one person to be cited for an accident by an officer but only later to be exonerated -so to speak- by the insurance companies once all the evidence is in.
The Crash Report is Just One Piece of the Puzzle
One must bear in mind that the accident report is just one piece of the evidentiary puzzle. Simply because an officer says a particular person caused an accident does not necessarily mean that such is the case. Officers are human and make mistakes just like everyone else.
McKenzie & Snyder LLP represents Cincinnati accident victims and workers’ compensation claimants throughout the Greater Cincinnati area. Including, but not limited to: Colerain 45251; Hamilton 45011; Fairfield 45014; Forest Park 45240; Dayton 45458; and Middletown 45044.
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Written by Andrew Tobergte