Cincinnati Personal Injury Law Blog

What do you need to know about the Takata airbag recall?

The purpose of airbags in vehicles is to keep you safe in the event of a car crash, but they also have the potential to cause serious injuries. Many Ohio residents have concerns about the recall of vehicles containing airbags manufactured by a company called Takata. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that the recall, which has been in effect since May 2015, affects 50 million airbags in 37 million vehicles in the United States. 

The issue rests with the inflators of the Takata airbags that can cause the airbags to explode, potentially causing injury or death, upon deployment after prolonged exposure to humidity and high heat. Certain airbags included in the recall, called "alpha bags," pose a greater explosive risk. Vehicles potentially including alpha bags include Mazda B-series trucks, 2006 Ford Rangers and certain Acura and Honda vehicles with model years between 2001 and 2003. The NHTSA recommends motorists avoid driving these vehicles at all due to the safety risk.

Do brain injuries have lasting impacts?

Ohio residents like you may find your lives completely changed after you get into an accident. Mezibov Butler is here to help assist you through these difficult times, both in the short term and in the long term.

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are just one of many different types of injuries you can suffer from after a car accident. This can occur because you bashed your head against a hard surface like a window. Blunt force trauma to the head resulting in TBIs may be difficult to treat. Not only will you have to deal with the immediate effects like bruising and swelling, but it can impact your life well into the future.

New Year's DUI realities in Ohio

Every year around the holidays, there may be an increase in the number of messages put out to the public in Ohio about the dangers of drinking and driving. This behavior is risky at any time of the year but can be more pronounced during the holidays when there is a surge in the number of social events at which alcohol is commonly featured. The number of stories about families who lose loved ones at the hands of drunk drivers is something everyone would like to see eliminated.

Sadly, 2018 was not the year when these stories were to disappear. As explained by NBC24com, four people died in accidents involving alcohol across Ohio between December 28 and January 1. During these same five days, seven more people died in other motor vehicle accidents statewide. Ohio State Patrol officers arrested 448 people and charged them with operating a vehicle while under the influence.

How new technology can help drivers avoid serious injury

One of the first notable vehicle safety features was the third brake light. Sometimes called the center high-mount stop lamp, it became a mandatory addition to cars and trucks in 1986.

New safety technology has surfaced ever since to help prevent injuries in car crashes. Here are five of the most sought-after features on current models.

How to get the most out of your auto accident claim

Auto accidents happen on a daily basis. If you or a loved one receive an injury from an auto accident due to the negligence of another party, an auto claim may be beneficial.

A proper claim can help you receive necessary funds and assistance to aid in your recovery. In order to get the most out of your auto claim, there are a few things to keep in mind.

What is whiplash?

If you or someone in your family has been involved in a car accident in Ohio, you will want to know how to protect yourself or your loved one. Even the most minor fender bender accident has the ability to leave a person with an injury. In some cases, a physical injury caused by a vehicle crash may not always be evident immediately as symptoms may take a few days to manifest. Whiplash is one type of condition that is known to sometimes take a few days to appear.

As explained by WebMD, there can be some confusion among people about what whiplash really is. Some people think it is when the neck muscles are sprained but that is not true. A sprain in any part of the body happens when the ligaments that hold bones together are torn. This is not what happens in a whiplash injury. Instead, whiplash results when the muscles themselves or the tendons that hold the muscles to the bone are torn or even stretched.

The first step to a reduced drunk driving limit

Residents in Ohio have good reason to be concerned about drivers who refuse to put away their keys after they have been drinking. There are too many headlines to be found reporting on the death of innocent people at the hands of these drunk drivers. Such incidents have no reason to happen and are completely preventable if only people would make responsible choices. In some situations, the law may just need to be the way to force people to do this.

That may well be the logic behind a new law set to go into effect in Utah on December 30, 2018. Starting on that day, the legal limit for drunkenness by a driver will drop from 0.08 percent to 0.05 percent according to National Public Radio. Some people may criticize this move as they believe most accidents and deaths are caused by drivers with very high levels of alcohol in their systems.

How to prove your injuries after a car accident

When someone else causes you to suffer injuries in an auto accident, you may want to seek compensation. Getting money for your medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering may be possible through a lawsuit or insurance claim.

However, you must be able to provide evidence of your injuries to receive enough damages. Proving fault is not enough. Unless you properly document your suffering, you may not get enough of a payout to mitigate your financial burdens. Here are some tips for proving the extent of your car accident injuries.

3-vehicle crash in Ohio leaves one dead

The more vehicles involved in a car crash, the more serious they can be, especially when drugs and/or alcohol play a part. A car crash in Clinton County, Ohio involving three vehicles claimed the life of one of the drivers, and though an investigation is ongoing, authorities suspect that alcohol and drugs were a factor.

The accident occurred on Interstate 71 very early in the morning on Saturday as a result of a 32-year-old man driving southbound in the northbound lane. Authorities pronounced him dead at the scene after he crashed into a truck driven by an 18-year-old man and also containing a 17-year-old female passenger. The 18-year-old driver was also towing a camper, which continued traveling northbound after detaching from the truck. A third vehicle, driven by an 18-year-old female, then crashed into the truck as well. 

Many teens can't keep themselves from texting while driving

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that for U.S. residents between the ages of 5 and 24, the leading cause of death is motor vehicle accidents. Taking proper precautions on the road, such as not speeding, proper use of protective car seats for children, and avoiding actions that lead to distracted driving can help reduce the number of fatal car accidents. The CDC estimates that nine people are killed every day in the U.S., and more than 1,000 are injured as a result of distracted driving.

As startling as that statistic is, it continues to be difficult to convince young drivers that texting or emailing while driving is dangerous. The Journal of Adolescent Health reports that a Youth Risk Behavior Survey of more than 101,000 teen-agers found that 38 percent had texted or sent an email while driving at least once in the past 30 days. A whopping 56 percent of teen drivers 18 and older said they sometimes or frequently text while driving.

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