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Drunk driving accidents and the holiday season

The holiday season is now upon us here in Hamilton County. During the holiday season, many people enjoy getting together with friends and celebrating. These get-togethers often involve alcohol and while most people are responsible when it comes to their drinking, occasionally a driver makes a bad decision and drives after they have been drinking.

Drinking and driving is a serious problem in Ohio and across the country. Every year, more than 10,000 people are killed by drunk driving in the United States with 290,000 people injured. These statistics are frightening for those who drive on area roads each day. An accident can occur at any time and to anyone.

Drunk driving accidents in Hamilton County

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 3,637 people killed in crashes involving a drunk driver in Ohio from 2003 to 2012. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that car, truck, pedestrian and motorcycle accidents in Hamilton County remain a major public safety concern.

In 2017, there have been 332 crashes investigated in Hamilton County. Many of these traffic crashes were alcohol-related accidents. Ohio ranks higher than the national average for the number of people reporting driving after drinking too much. The national percentage of adults who report driving after drinking too much over a 30-day period is 1.9 percent, as compared to Ohio's 2.2 percent. However, the number of fatal crashes in Hamilton County has dropped from 57 in 2016 to 51 in 2017, so far.

What if a truck driver crashes while talking on a cell phone?

Most Cincinnati residents probably recognize that talking on the cell phone or texting while trying to drive is not a very smart idea. In addition to being distracted just by the conversation, a person can also even have his hands off of the wheel, not to mention his eyes off of the road, while trying to dial a number or respond to that last instant message. There is no doubt that this kind of behavior can cause a serious crash.

It stands to reason, then, that a truck driver who causes a trucking accident while using the cell phone should be held strictly accountable. After all, someone who drives for a living really should know better than to try to use a cell phone while driving, especially since these drivers' vehicles are relatively big and can cause a lot of damage.

How a shipping company is responsible for a driver's accident

Most Cincinnati truck drivers see operating on Ohio's roads as probably hauling property on behalf of a shipping company or other business. When things are going well, this might not matter to other motorists. However, it matters greatly, should the truck driver cause a serious trucking accident.

The reason it matters is that it is often to an injured person's advantage to sue the trucking company, as opposed to just trying to sue the individual truck driver. Even if the trucking company is already on the hook because the driver is its employee, naming the trucking company as a negligent party allows injured people to pursue additional legal paths in order to make sure they get the compensation they deserve.

Guiding our clients to underinsured benefits

A previous post on this blog talked about Ohio's minimum insurance requirements that residents of Cincinnati must maintain if they want to drive on the area's roads legally. These limits are not that high, and thus many people on the roads in Ohio may well be legal yet still not have enough insurance to pay compensation to injured people should they cause an accident.

Hopefully, residents of Ohio can take this information and realize the importance of purchasing underinsured motorist coverage. However, just because someone buys this coverage, it does not mean that they can just go and collect payment right after an accident.

Ohio's minimum insurance requirements

Most people who drive in Cincinnati recognize that they are supposed to have automobile insurance that will pay compensation to people they injure because of an accident that is their fault. While too many people ignore this rule, the majority of Ohioans are responsible enough to go out and purchase some insurance that keeps them legal on the road.

However, there is another set of people out on the road, probably far larger than the group of uninsured motorists, who only buy the minimum amount of insurance they need to "stay legal." In Ohio, this minimum amount of insurance must cover a person responsible for an accident up to $25,000 per injured person with a cap of $50,000 per accident. Additionally, a person's automobile insurance policy must also pay for up to $25,000 to repair the other person's damaged car.

Two people dead in possible failure to yield crash

Two young people died after suffering catastrophic injuries in a recent motorcycle crash which happened about 50 miles from central Cincinnati. The crash took place in the early evening hours on a federal highway.

Initial reports are that two people on the motorcycle, who were in a relationship and were both avid riders, died after their bike got hit by a passenger vehicle. Police say that the motorcyclist was heading straight when the driver of the car turned left in front of the motorcyclist. The motorcyclist could not avoid the collision and slammed in to the car.

Older motorcyclists facing higher rates of injury, death

According to a recent report compiled by the American Automobile Association, or AAA, the number of older, Baby Boomer motorcyclists who suffer significant or catastrophic injuries in a motorcycle accident has increased significantly over the past several years.

The same report also notes an overall increase in motorcycle-related fatalities, to their highest level since before the 2008 economic collapse. One reason for this increase, however, is that there are just more motorcycles on the road. In 2016, there were 8.6 million registered motorcycles, whereas in 2014, that number was 8.4 million.

Representing victims of snow plow and salt truck accidents

Winter will soon arrive in Cincinnati, and with the onset of the coldest weather of the year, Ohioans and the people of northern Kentucky will likely have to deal with some snow and ice, at least on some days and quite possibly for several weeks.

Snow and ice means that city and state-owned salt trucks and snow plows will be taking to the streets and highways of the area. Additionally, several private contractors will also be helping with the important task of clearing the roads so people can get to work, home and wherever they need to travel safely and on time.

The problem with taking prescription meds and driving

When a Cincinnati resident thinks of an accident involving an impaired driver, they may have in their minds the classic image of someone who has obviously had too much alcohol to drive a vehicle safely yet still chooses to get behind the wheel.

Drunk drivers indeed pose a serious risk to everyone who travels on Ohio's roads, but another danger Ohioans might ignore, however, is the possibility that a driver in this state can be impaired by some other drug, even a drug for which he or she has a valid prescription and is being taken according to directions. After all, some drugs, even though legal with a prescription, can have significant side effects that can leave people unable to drive.

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