Cincinnati Personal Injury Law Blog

Man dies at Amazon construction site

Construction workers in Ohio and their friends and family members know that the construction industry is one that is full of hazards. It is for this reason that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration develops a detailed set of safety regulations and protocols. Individual contracting companies are supposed to provide safety training and monitor jobsites to ensure that all safety processes are properly adhered to.

Sadly, safety is not always the priority for some reason. In these situations, accidents can and do occur. All across the Midwest, workers face injury or even death in these events. Today, OSHA and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources are investigating a fatal incident that claimed the life of an expectant father for a reason at this point not known.

Witness statements are important for car accident claims

If you want to get compensation after a motor vehicle crash, you must be able to prove the other driver is at fault. Many factors help with determining fault in car accidents, including witness statements. Gathering witness recollections is one effective way to bolster your claim.

The insurance company will likely challenge your pursuit of compensation every step of the way. But if you have credible witnesses, you can prove fault and collect your compensation more easily. 

Ohio drunk driving laws may not be tough enough

Residents in Ohio should be able to trust that the efforts of advocacy groups, law enforcement agencies and other entities focused on public safety have made strides in getting drivers to be willing to put away their keys if they are going to drink. Unfortunately, there seem to be quite a lot of people who are simply too selfish to make this respectful and responsible choice. 

Records from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that for each year between 2013 and 2017, alcohol was a contributing factor in anywhere between 27% and 30% of all vehicular fatalities in Ohio. In 2013, 266 people died at the hands of drunk drivers statewide. That dipped to 302 the following year and then increased every year after. In 2017, there were 333 alcohol-related automobile accident deaths recorded.

Ohio laws regarding bicycles and vehicles

As a bicyclist, you need to watch out for motorists at all times. You are at a disadvantage safety-wise due to the fact that you are not inside a 4,000-pound vehicle with numerous airbags. If a driver crashes into you, it can easily result in severe injuries or death. 

In order to be as safe as possible while you are biking in Ohio, you must know the laws that apply to you and drivers. Here are some of the most notable laws involving bikes and vehicles. 

Ohio violations not on record of driver who killed bikers

People in Ohio should be able to trust that anyone granted a commercial driving license is committed to safe operation. They should also be able to trust that licensing agencies and other authorities appropriately monitor commercial drivers' records and take disciplinary action if and when needed. A recent fatal crash in New Hampshire unfortunately shows that this is not always the case.

According to a report from USA Today, it has come to light that the driver has had multiple criminal and vehicular violations in the seven years since he first obtained a driver's license at the age of 16 in 2012. His first drunk driving conviction came just a year later in Massachusetts, for which his license was suspended. The following year, he was found driving with his suspended license in Ohio. In addition to being charged with that violation, he was charged with possessing drug paraphernalia, providing false information to law enforcement and speeding.

Wrong way driver kills woman in Beavercreek

Many in Hamilton may spend years developing good driving skills that they hope will help them to avoid ever being involved in a car accident. Yet all of the work may be rendered moot in a mere matter of moments by the reckless or negligent actions of another driver. One cannot control the actions of others on the road; rather, they can only hope that if they are in an accident, the insurer for the responsible party (or their own insurance) will offer enough to help cover their expenses. There may be cases, however, where accident victims and their families need to seek additional compensation through legal action. 

Rarely is it that instances of blatantly reckless driving result in anything other than a severe accident. It may be hard to be more reckless than driving the wrong way down a freeway, yet that is exactly what preceded a violent collision in Beavercreek. Authorities say that a black Buick was being driven the wrong way down Interstate 675, going fast enough that witnesses described it as "flying." It eventually struck another vehicle head-on, causing so much damage that both drivers had to be extricated from their vehicles by first responders. The man driving the Buick was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Sadly, the woman driving the other car died from her injuries. 

Do people really trust autonomous vehicles?

Virtually everyone in Ohio today interacts with modern technology at some point on a daily basis. Regardless of age or other demographic factors, technology advances are everywhere from point of sale systems at the grocery store to smartphones and more. Some technologies are said to have real benefits for people, like the features built into new vehicles today designed to improve safety. Taken to its fullest extent, these manifest as fully autonomous vehicles.

Gizmondo explains that the eradication of vehicular fatalities is a vision that has to date propelled the development and implementation of self-driving cars. This has happened based largely on the premise that the bulk of deaths in car accidents are caused by human error, so removing the human equation should theoretically increase safety. A new survey indicates that most consumers are not completely convinced about this.

Saying sorry may damage your car accident claim

Whether you commute every day or only drive occasionally, you have some risk of being in an automobile collision every time you get into a car. In fact, according to the Ohio Department of Public Safety, roughly 300,000 car crashes happened in the Buckeye State in 2017. 

With approximately 820 automobile collisions occurring every day, you may eventually have to contend with one. If you want to pursue compensation from the driver or drivers who caused the crash, though, you must think carefully about what you say at the accident scene. Apologizing may make your case more difficult. 

Some car accident injuries do not appear immediately

With responsible driving and some luck, you may never experience an automobile accident. Still, car crashes are not exactly uncommon in Cincinnati. While you may be able to receive financial payments for your injuries and property damage, you must do what you can to recover fully

Some automobile injuries are impossible to miss. For example, if you break an arm during a collision, you probably experience instant pain. That is not the case with other injuries, however. Because some injuries do not appear immediately, you should always ask a doctor to examine you after any car wreck. Here are three types of injuries that you may not discover until days or weeks after a collision. 

Common reasons for pedestrian accidents

Walking is great for your health and saving money on transportation. But it does not come without risks. Did you know that there is one pedestrian death every 1.5 hours in the United States due to traffic crashes? While walking may seem like a relatively safe activity, it can be deadly if a car crashes into you. 

One of the best ways to ensure you are safe as a pedestrian is knowing the dangers around you. Here are the top causes of pedestrian accidents

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