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Compensation in car accidents involving an uninsured motorist

Ohio law requires that all motorists carry car insurance, but that won't stop some people in the state from ignoring the law and drive uninsured. When an uninsured motorist causes a car accident, or when a motorist is the victim of a hit-and-run crash, the fact that the at-fault motorist does not have car insurance or if it is not possible to track the hit-and-run driver down, can leave the victim concerned about how they will deal with the vehicular damage and medical expenses incurred due to the crash.

Fortunately, on their own insurance policies it is likely that motorists will have uninsured motorist coverage. This coverage pays for the policyholder's injuries and sometimes damages caused by an uninsured motorist. Whether motorists must carry uninsured motorist coverage and how much of it they must carry varies by state.

How does comparative negligence apply to motorcycle accidents?

Motorcycle fatalities in or nation take place 27 times more frequently than deaths in crashes involving other types of vehicles. This is significant, as the pleasant summer weather in Cincinnati generally means there will be more motorcyclists on the road, and thus, a greater potential for motorcycle accidents.

According to the Highway Patrol, motorcyclists report having to "dodge cars" when motorists are not paying attention and do not know that the motorcyclist is near them. Motorists need to practice motorcycle awareness, and they must make complete stops at stop signs and traffic signals to ensure intersections are clear before proceeding. Motorists must also yield to a motorcyclist's right of way when necessary and should not speed.

July and August peak times for car accidents

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that of all the months of the year, July and August see the most accidents. Many people in Cincinnati may wonder why this is true, especially when ice and snow in winter makes roads hazardous. However, summer driving is not without its dangers.

First, there are simply more motorists on the road in summer, and more vehicles means more crashes. Not only are people making their usual drives, but there are many vacationers taking road trips across the U.S. In addition, people make extra trips to parties, weddings or to area lakes or rivers. Simply put, roads are more congested in the summertime.

Amish family injured after truck hits buggy

Ohio residents who live near Amish farms and villages are familiar with horse-drawn buggies bearing the easily recognizable orange identifying triangle. The Amish usually prefer traveling in their horse-drawn buggies to driving automobiles, but their presence on rural roads poses a special traffic hazard.

A horse-drawn buggy travels at about 5 mph. A car or truck traveling at 55 mph can close the distance between it and the buggy in about 6 seconds. The driver of the motor vehicle thus has very little time to react after spotting the buggy. This speed differential may have been the cause of a truck-buggy collision in northern Ohio.

Man killed on side of highway

Getting out of a motor vehicle on a busy highway is always risky. Other drivers do not expect to see pedestrians near their right of way, and the narrow shoulders on some roads preclude parking a vehicle completely out of traffic. An apparent combination of driver inattentiveness and an unexpected stop recently led to the death of a resident of Greenwich, Ohio.

The man was driving his pickup westbound on Ohio 162. For unknown reasons, the man stopped his truck and attempted to get out of his vehicle. As the man opened his door, a school bus struck the pickup truck in the rear. The man was thrown to the payment by the impact, his truck was pushed off the north side of the road, and the school bus crossed the center line and drove off the south side of the highway.

Three-vehicle crash kills two in northern Ohio

When truck drivers lose control of their vehicles, the results are often catastrophic. Even at relatively slow speeds, other drivers often have little or no chance of avoiding a careening truck. A recent truck accident in Northern Ohio killed two people after the truck driver failed to obey a reduced speed limit.

The tractor-trailer was headed east on State Route 30 in an area where the eastbound roadway is severely downhill. The speed for trucks is limited to 20 mph along this stretch, but police said that witnesses told them that the truck was traveling at a much greater speed. As the driver attempted to negotiate a downhill right turn, he lost control of the rig. The semi crossed over the double yellow centerline into the westbound lane and crashed into a pickup truck. The pickup truck was virtually demolished.

Why are truck accidents a major problem in Hamilton County?

Despite the fact that truck drivers are more careful on average than motorists, truck accidents are still a major problem on the roads of Hamilton County. Semitrailers are much bigger than passenger cars and trucks. In fact, a semitrailer can weigh 25 times as much as a passenger car, so the destruction can be much worse if an accident happens between these two kinds of vehicles.

Truck drivers, like all drivers, have a duty of care to others. Truck drivers are required to exercise reasonable care in the operation of their vehicles to avoid injuring others. Truck owners are also required to exercise reasonable care; this can mean taking reasonable steps to hire safe drivers and do routine service and maintenance on trucks. If one or more of these duties are breached and another party suffers injury because of the breach, the injured party may be able to recover damages from the negligent party.

What to do after being injured by a drunk driver

The unthinkable can happen in the blink of an eye. If you are in an accident with a drunk driver, you or your family can be severely injured. Here's what to do after an accident.

If it's clear that intoxication was a factor in your accident, the drunk driver's insurance may ask if you want to settle right after the accident. The case shouldn't be settled unless the victim and their family have had a chance to consider their options. The truth is, not all injuries are immediately apparent. Sometimes, it takes days or even weeks for an injury to appear and still longer for the victim to understand what it will take to heal and move forward.

Drunk drivers can be held liable in a civil court

When we hear stories on the news about accidents where it is believed that intoxication was a factor, our eyebrows automatically raise. How could a person choose to get behind the wheel after drinking or using other drugs? The truth is, it happens every day. After a victim is injured in a drunk driving accident, it's important to understand that the drunk driver can be sued in a personal injury claim on top of facing criminal charges.

What does this mean? Because it is illegal to drive drunk, the authorities are likely already looking into building a criminal case against the alleged drunk driver. However, those injured by the drunk driver should be looking into a case of their own. The victim can file a personal injury claim, seeking compensation for their medical expenses, property damage, lost time at work, and other damages.

BAC testing in car accidents involving serious injury

It can be really hard to understand why anyone would drive drunk. in today's modern age, there are ride- sharing options like Uber and Lyft, and, of course, a good old-fashioned taxi cab or ride from a friend are all viable options. However, drunk driving accidents do occur due to a person's decision to get behind the wheel intoxicated.

For those in Ohio who are 21 years of age or older, an acceptable BAC is 0.08 or lower. Even if the BAC is at this threshold or near it, it can still be used as a factor in assessing impairment and fault for a car accident - it just depends on the situation. Many states call for mandatory testing of all drivers involved in car accidents in which serious injuries or death was reported.

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