Cincinnati Personal Injury Law Blog

Damages caused by distracted driving approaching costs of DUI

Drivers in Ohio must constantly guard against distractions that take their attention off the road. Cellphones, dashboard touchscreens, interactions with passengers and other accidents represent leading sources of driver distraction. Due to the prevalence of these distractions, distracted driving accidents have become increasingly commonplace. The financial toll taken by distracted driving crashes has reached $40 million per year. The damages are second only to accidents resulting from driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, which produce $44 million in damages annually.

According to statistics from the National Safety Council, nine people lose their lives every day because of distracted driving. Approximately 100 people suffer injuries as well. The problem has caught the attention of artificial intelligence researchers who hope to create in-cabin vehicle systems that monitor drivers for distraction and alert them to correct their behavior.

Let your attorney handle the hard work after a personal injury

You were traveling to visit family one weekend when a semitruck crossed the center lane and hit your vehicle head-on. You were fortunate enough to be inside a large SUV yourself, so the injuries you suffered were survivable.

Despite surviving the accident, the reality is that you've been badly hurt. You have a traumatic brain injury, spinal injury and broken bones. You've had several surgeries and may need more in the future.

How to avoid accidents when driving in winter

Winter poses a lot of challenges to drivers in Ohio, especially with the roads becoming icy and snowy and reducing traction. All the same, drivers are expected to stay safe and keep out of accidents. With the following tips, they can do just that with not much difficulty. It all begins with slowing down so as to retain as much traction as possible.

Drivers should know that the braking distance increases when the road is wet or icy. Because of this, they should increase the gap between themselves and the vehicle in front. It should be a distance of five to six seconds at the very least. It would be ideal if drivers maintain this distance in all seasons. Next, drivers should accelerate gently, with a slight pressure of the heel on the accelerator, and brake early and gradually.

Amusement park injury linked to operator error

When people visit Ohio amusement parks or outdoor attractions, they expect a day of fun. However, some parents may experience a nightmare if they or their children are injured due to a negligent property owner. One 10-year-old boy who was seriously injured at a zip line attraction was hurt due to a mistake made by the attraction's operator, reported state officials. The boy was not secured safely to his harness at the time of the accident at Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure Park in Lakeland, Florida. The boy was using an indoor zip line, which is intended to carry one person around a track inside the park.

The child's fall was captured on video. He is depicted sitting upright on the zipline and holding an item above his head. He moves with the ride until near the end of the track, when he suddenly flies through the air. The boy fell 20 feet to the concrete floor. The Department of Agriculture said that the child was not buckled in at the legs to his harness. This meant that he held on to the zip line with his arms alone, and he lost his grip after a full ride around the park.

Car accidents sometimes lead to limb amputations

You use your fingers, toes, arms and legs every day, likely without thinking much about these essential parts of your body. If a negligent driver causes a car accident that injures your extremities, though, doctors may have to remove part of your body to save your life. 

Industrial Safety and Hygiene News reports that there are more than 30,000 traumatic-injury amputations in the United States every year. While an individual may sustain trauma while performing a variety of activities, car accidents are responsible for most trauma-related amputations. 

NHTSA says traffic fatalities down in 2018

Ohio motorists might be less likely to be involved in fatal accidents than in earlier years, but pedestrians might be at a greater risk. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that while there was a 2.4% drop in deadly crashes around the country in 2018, pedestrian deaths went up 3.4%. Cyclists and other people on vehicles with pedals may also be at risk, with a 6.3% increase in fatalities.

According to the NHTSA, the drop may be attributable in part to an increase in safety technology in vehicles. It is the second year in a row that shows a decline, and based on preliminary figures from the first part of 2019, that trend appears to be continuing. Prior to 2017, the number of traffic fatalities had been rising, which experts said was due to more people on the road as a result of an improved economy. However, the total number of people who died in motor vehicle accidents in 2018 was 36,560, a figure the agency says is still too high.

Gross negligence was behind Verrückt water slide fatality

Ohio residents may have heard that the Verrückt water slide was the tallest water slide in the world, opening in 2014 at the Schlitterbahn Water Park in Kansas City. The nearly vertical water slide was 169 feet tall, and park attendees would raft down it at speeds of up to 70 mph. However, this water slide was the site of a fatal accident in 2016: A 10-year-old boy went airborne on the slide and was decapitated by a metal pole supporting a safety net.

An investigation has shown that the park's co-owner and the slide's senior designer were to blame. In 2012, the two had agreed to fast-track the construction of the slide so that it could appear on a reality TV show that featured amusement parks. The two were also aiming for a Guinness World Record. Despite their lack of a mechanical engineering background, they were able to deem the ride safe without any opposition.

3 hazards to avoid on the construction site

Construction workers expend a great deal of energy in performing their jobs. The act of erecting a building around Cincinnati is no small feat and takes skilled professionals.

A construction site is one of the most hazardous work environments. The rate of injury for construction workers is higher than that of many other professions. To avoid becoming part of the statistic, keep a close eye out for these three dangers that are often present around the job site:

The psychological and emotional impact of brain injuries

One of the most dangerous injuries a person can sustain in a car accident is a traumatic brain injury. In 2014, 2,327 people in Ohio lost their lives as a result of TBI or TBI in conjunction with other complications. 

Traumatic brain injuries do not always result in death, but they can lead to serious health problems that follow a person for the rest of his or her life. This is why you need to see a doctor and begin treatment immediately for any injury after an auto accident. A doctor will not only look at the physical symptoms, but also the emotional and psychological impact. 

Study ranks 15 states with most teen drunk drivers

According to the CDC, 3.1% of adults drive after drinking too much. On the other hand, 5.5% of teens report driving after drinking despite the minimum age for alcohol consumption being 21. Some 623,000 teens aged 12 to 17 even suffer from alcohol-related disorders. Ohio residents should know that the number of teens who drink and drive differs from state to state.

It seems that those states with the most teen drunk drivers also have the highest DUI fatality rates. This was the conclusion of a study from CheapCarInsuranceQuotes.com. Researchers came up with a list of the 15 worst states, and heading that list were Arkansas, Louisiana and Montana with 10.6%, 10% and 7.6% of teens there driving while drinking. Those states' DUI fatality rates are 4.8, 4.7 and 4.5 per 100,000 people.

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