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Can I recover compensation if I was partly at fault?

The simple answer to this question is yes, but there are some important limitations.

A textbook example of a personal injury lawsuit involving a car accident might tell the story of a careless driver who crashes into a completely blameless driver, causing injury and damages. For instance, imagine an accident in which Albus is injured when he is stopped at a stop sign. Severus, who is looking at his spellbook instead of at the road in front of him, crashes into the back of Albus' car, causing injury to Albus. In such a case, an Ohio court would likely find that Severus caused Albus' injuries through his negligence, and should be held liable for Albus' damages, including medical expenses.

Lost future earnings should be part of your compensation package

After someone is injured in a car accident, a personal injury lawsuit is concerned largely with reconstructing the accident and the moments immediately before it, in order to determine the truth of what happened and who was at fault. However, it's also important for these cases to look at the future and how the effects of the accident will change the life of the injured and their families for the months and years ahead.

Recently, a Colerain high school football player was injured in a car accident. A news report provided no details of the accident, but noted how his teammates and coach had visited him in the hospital to show their support. The boy required surgery, but his coach said they were hopeful that he would make a full recovery.

Trucking safety regulation changes still up in the air

Because they are so large and heavy, commercial truck crashes are extraordinarily destructive, especially when they involve a collision with a smaller vehicle.

Semitrailer accidents may be less common than other types of accidents on the nation's roads, but there are still many of them. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, there were 4,889 large trucks and buses involved in fatal accidents in 2017, the most recent year for which the FMCSA had available statistics. That number represented a 9% increase over the year before.

Pedestrian, cyclist deaths rise even as car fatalities decline

While statistics show that motor vehicle accident fatalities are down overall, there are certain types of fatal accidents that are becoming more common. The most notable of these are accidents involving pedestrians and bicyclists.

As we noted on this blog recently, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's comprehensive annual report showed that traffic fatalities fell 2.4% last year. It was the second year in a row that the number of traffic deaths declined. However, the same report found a 3.4% increase in pedestrian deaths. The NHTSA found 6,283 pedestrians were killed in motor vehicle collisions in 2018, making up about 17% of all fatalities in motor vehicle accidents. This was the highest percentage since 1990.

Report: Alcohol-related fatal accidents at all-time low

Many researchers have noted a long downward trend in fatal motor vehicle accidents. There are many possible explanations for this change. Seatbelts, airbags and other safety features in cars have clearly been an important factor. Another important factor is a decline in drunk driving.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, fatalities involving drunk driving fell 4% in 2018. That year, drunk driving was a factor in about 29% of traffic fatalities, the lowest rate recorded since the NHTSA began recording alcohol data in 1982.

New data shows traffic deaths declined for second year in a row

Traffic accident fatalities fell for the second year in a row in 2018, according to a new report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. And the trend appears to have continued this year.

According to the NHTSA, overall traffic accident fatalities fell 2.4% in 2018. Data from the first half of this year shows a 3.4% decline from the same period in 2018.

Uninsured drivers can cause a financial nightmare

After a car accident, the parties are supposed to exchange insurance information. Ideally, the two driver's insurance providers should be able to pay for all the bills incurred from the accident, and the drivers won't have to worry about it. Unfortunately, there are often complications involved. One difficulty that often comes up is the problem of the uninsured or underinsured driver.

A person who has been injured in an accident caused by an uninsured driver is in a tough position. Medical insurance can cover most of the medical costs, but for other damages, it can be hard to collect adequate compensation. The negligent driver can be held liable, but may not have sufficient resources to pay.

Tracking the rates of serious motorcycle accidents

Statistics about motorcycle accidents can be confusing. Even the Governors Highway Safety Association, which publishes one of the nation's most comprehensive annual reports about motorcycle accident statistics, notes that the numbers can vary widely from year to year, for reasons that are not clear.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol reports that motorcycle fatalities totaled 144 in 2018. This was down from 157 in 2017, and a shocking 200 in 2016. But look back just a couple years earlier and it's hard to see a pattern. In 2014 the number stood at 140.

7 people injured in multi-vehicle, wrong-way crash

Two people were seriously injured and five others hospitalized recently after a multi-vehicle accident in Cincinnati. Police said the accident started when one driver was going the wrong way on Interstate 74. Police said they believe alcohol was a factor.

According to news reports, the man was driving the wrong way on the interstate when he struck a car that had five people in it, including two young children. The first car spun out of control and was struck by a box truck and another car.

What is whiplash?

Some types of car accident injuries are immediately apparent. Others develop or become apparent only some time has passed after the accident. These are sometimes known as soft tissue injuries.

For example, traumatic brain injury, one of the most serious forms of soft tissue injury, comes about when a sudden blow to the head causes brain tissue to swell inside of the skull. If not immediately treated, this kind of swelling can lead to permanent damage to the brain tissue.

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