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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.

How do I prove the other driver was at fault?

If you have been injured in a car accident caused by the negligence of another driver, you can file a personal injury claim to hold the other driver liable for your damages. This can be crucial, as it helps you and your family cope with the long aftermath of your accident. Of course, before you can recover any compensation, you must prove that the accident was the other driver's fault. This isn't always easy.

In the chaotic moments after a car accident, it can be extremely difficult, even dangerous to try to take photos, interview witnesses or otherwise gather evidence. If you have been injured in the accident, it may be impossible.

Man killed in collision with FedEx truck

Accidents involving commercial vehicles can be more dangerous than other crashes on the road. They can also involve more complicated legal issues.

One person was killed and two others injured recently when a FedEx delivery truck and an SUV collided on an Ohio road. Police said a 60-year-old man, a front seat passenger in the SUV, was killed. Two other people were hospitalized, and news reports did not state their conditions. The accident was still under investigation, and police did not say whether they had made a determination of who might have been at fault for the crash.

Help for motorcycle accident victims with brain injury costs

Truck accidents can cause serious, extensive and costly damage to victims and their families. As a result, it is necessary for truck accident victims and their families to be familiar with the legal resources protecting them when they have been harmed in a truck accident.

Large trucks can weigh 25 times as much as the typical passenger vehicle which can pose a danger on the roadways when a truck driver or trucking company is negligent. The U.S. Department of Transportation reported that, during 2006, truck accidents accounted for 106,000 injuries to victims and 4,995 fatalities in fatal truck accidents. Because of the serious nature of truck accidents, it is important for truck accident victims and families to understand who may be liable to know how they can seek compensation for their damages.

Help for motorcycle accident victims with brain injury costs

Motorcycle riders can be especially vulnerable to negligent and careless drivers on the roadways because they are less protected than those travelling in passenger and other vehicles. As a result, motorcycle accidents can result in serious, catastrophic and costly injuries to victims such as traumatic brain injuries.

Traumatic brain injuries can be costly to treat; a severe head injury may cost $3 million to treat, while mild and moderate head injuries can also be costly to treat, totaling $85,000 and $941,000, respectively. In general, the cost of caring for a victim of a traumatic brain injury for their lifetime can range from $600,000 to $1.875 million. Hospitalization costs are estimated at $31.7 billion annually in the U.S. and the cost of acute and rehabilitative care for brain injury victims is reported at $9 to $10 billion by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The overall cost of brain injuries is estimated at $48.3 billion annually in the U.S.

OVI checkpoints aim to reduce drunk driving accidents

Labor Day will soon be here, and many in Cincinnati are looking forward to a three-day weekend where they can celebrate the end of summer. A beer at a party may not seem like a big deal. But, when a drink goes from one or two to four or more, it could lead to a drunk driving accident.

For this reason, many cities in Ohio have announced that they will be imposing OVI checkpoints over the holiday weekend. It may seem like publicizing the fact that there will be sobriety checkpoints would deter drivers from travelling in areas where the checkpoints are set up. However, announcing sobriety checkpoints ahead of time is part of what makes them legal. And, sobriety checkpoints do nab drunk drivers.

How do helmets play a role in motorcycle accident claims?

Motorcycles do not offer the same safety features occupants of automobiles enjoy. There are no seatbelts, airbags or crumple zones on a motorcycle. One safety precaution that motorcyclists can take, however, is wearing a helmet.

Helmets protect a rider's head in the case of a motorcycle accident. In fact, a motorcyclist who is involved in a crash and is not wearing a helmet is three times more likely to injure his or her head, including possibly sustaining a traumatic brain injury.

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.

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