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Seeking compensation for motorcycle accident injuries

One moment, everything is fine: you're cruising around on your motorcycle with the wind in your face, the sun on the horizon. The next thing you know, you awake to beeping hospital machines and the panic of not knowing where you are or what happened. That's how quick motorcycle accident injuries can happen and that's how quick it can change your life forever. It is worth it to find out if your motorcycle accident injuries are potentially compensable.

The truth is, all drivers owe a duty to other motorists on the road. This is true regardless of the type of vehicle you are driving, including motorcyclists. This means that regular passenger vehicle drivers need to be cognizant of the possibility of encountering motorcyclists on their daily commute. Failure to do so can quickly lead to an incident in which a motorcyclist suffers serious injuries.

Hamilton county ranks second in number of bus accidents

When it comes to public transportation, there are several options at a person's disposal today. One popular way that has existed for decades is bus transportation. Many of us are introduced to buses at an early as a way to get to and from school. However, many adults use buses as a primary mode of transportation, whether getting to work or other places.

That's why it's so important that bus drivers are safe, responsible drivers and the bus companies offer proper training and their equipment has had proper maintenance and is up to date. Failure to do this can easily result in bus accident injuries. Statistically, Hamilton county was second in the state in number of school bus accidents between the years of 2015 to 2017. There were 488 school bus crashes during those periods in Hamilton County.

Distracted driving is suspected cause of woman's car crash death

Tragedy struck on an Ohio county road earlier this month. While not all car crashes and their corresponding injuries are preventable, this particular crash appears to have been. Preliminary reports are claiming that a distracted driver was the main factor behind the crash. A vehicle driven by the woman who has passed away was initially rear-ended by the alleged distracted driver.

The injuries the woman suffered in this crash were serious enough to cause her death. Most rear-end accidents do not result in fatalities, but this one was different. The impact of the rear-end collision forced the woman's vehicle left of center, where it then collided head-on with an oncoming vehicle. In addition, there were serious injuries to those in the on-coming vehicle; four passengers in that vehicle that collided with the woman's were treated for their injuries suffered in the car accident.

Motorcyclist dies after collision with semi-truck

When motorists are traveling in the same direction of traffic, they rarely expect that a vehicle would suddenly change direction. However, anything can happen out on Cincinnati roads, as a recent fatal motorcycle accident near Columbia Parkway teaches us. The investigation has concluded and it was determined that an illegal U-turn was made that resulted in the motorcyclist's fatality.

What might indicate an impaired driver after a car accident?

You've done all the right things: check your blind spots, maintain your vehicle's brakes and absolutely do not engage in distracted driving behaviors. Then, out of nowhere, you are involved in a car accident with another vehicle and you suspect something may be wrong with the other driver. What might indicate that the driver is intoxicated?

Intoxication can come in many forms, including drunk driving. However, it's possible that the driver could be under the influence of prescription or illicit drugs as well. Keep in mind, authorities called to the scene of the accident are trained to recognize these behaviors, but it's always good to keep an eye out if possible after a car accident. Never accuse another driver of impairment after a car accident if exchanging information; just be sure to stick to the basics like license and insurance information.

What makes drunk drivers so dangerous on Cincinnati roads?

When we think of our vehicle, we don't really think of it as a weapon. However, if the driver were to get behind the wheel while intoxicated, a vehicle could become a weapon that could hurt or kill. This is because when drivers are intoxicated, they aren't operating their vehicle to the best of their ability, as alcohol is a depressant that slows down the body.

When checking for signs of DUI or drunk driving, officers will sometimes conduct sobriety tests. Sobriety tests are looking for signs of impairment, like slow response time or impairment to the driver's cognitive abilities. If you have been involved in a car accident with a suspected drunk driver and you have suffered injuries, it could be a direct result of that person's decision to get behind the wheel while intoxicated.

Don't face the aftermath of a car accident alone

Every day, countless Americans start their car and head out onto the open road. While the vast majority of these journeys go without incident, some unfortunately meet a disastrous end. Car accidents can leave a person with severe injuries that can impact their function for the rest of their life. Because of the seriousness of these situations, it's crucial that the party who caused the accident is held responsible. Of course, moving through these incidents, especially when major injuries have been inflicted, is one of the most challenging tasks anyone can face. That's why it's important to have experience legal representation on your side.

Gregory S. Young has helped those who been affected by car accidents navigate the difficult legal waters for more than 50 years. Whether sprains, broken bones, spinal injuries, or severe whiplash, car accidents have the potential to upend a life. If negligence was the cause of these injuries, it's only right that compensation is delivered.

Injury by uninsured or underinsured motorist has legal recourse

The thought of getting behind the wheel without car insurance sounds crazy to most. However, a percentage of drivers on Cincinnati roads today do just that, they get behind the wheel without meeting the legal thresholds for car insurance. So, what happens to you, the law abiding driver, when you are injured or your property is damaged in a car accident with an uninsured or underinsured motorist?

Since underinsured drivers and uninsured drivers are two different things, there are a few ways in which one could seek compensation after a car accident with such a driver. With uninsured drivers, a person's insurance often has clauses about uninsured motorists built into one's own insurance policy. This policy would provide compensation to you as well as any passengers who were in your vehicle at the time of the accident with an uninsured motorist. This coverage allows injured people to recover for injuries, medical bills, lost wages and other financial losses that may be connected to a person's injury after a run-in with an uninsured driver.

Visual recognition as a cause of motorcycle accidents

The modern vehicles that Cincinnati residents drive are equipped with many safety features. In addition to mirrors that give them the ability to see around their vehicles, drivers also benefit from blind spot warnings, back up cameras and other electronic tools that were not available to vehicles of generations past. However, the most important tool that a driver can use when commuting down the road is not something that is an add-on feature to their vehicle: it is their attention.

Paying attention to one's surroundings is an incredibly important part of staying safe on the road, and unfortunately a lack of attention to certain motorists causes a number of dangerous accidents each year. Drivers who fail to look out for and see motorcyclists can pose significant dangers to individuals who choose to ride their motorcycles through the city. Visual recognition is the term given to unfortunate occurrence.

Alcohol-related accident proves fatal for Ohio motorcyclist

We have lots of control over our lives, or so we believe. While the day-to-day decisions may be within a person's realm of control, there are many external factors that can impact not only a person's day, but also the rest of their life. Other people generally are the driving force behind incidences in which a regular day can turn into a nightmare. Recently, a motorcyclist was involved in an accident and Ohio State Patrol released some findings in the suspected alcohol-related accident.

At around 10pm, the man was driving his motorcycle east on Hills and Dales Road. Suddenly, a vehicle coming from the other direction, turned into the driveway for an apartment complex, thereby crossing the motorcyclists lane of travel. The motorcycle overturned and hit the car, at which time he was thrown from the motorcycle. His injuries were treated at Mercy Hospital where he later passed away.

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