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January 2018 Archives

Who is liable in a commercial vehicle accident?

Many commercial vehicles travel Ohio's busy roads every day. When the driver of a commercial vehicle causes an accident, there may be other potential defendants, such as the driver's employer. The victim must show that the driver's employer is responsible for their injuries under the legal theory of respondeat superior, which is a Latin phrase meaning, "let the master answer."

Helping car accident victims collect compensation

Each year, thousands of motor vehicle accidents occur in Cincinnati. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that driver error is the leading cause of car accidents in the United States. Some of the most common causes of driver error are distracted driving, drunk driving, reckless driving and drowsy driving.

Motorcyclists face increased risk of injury

Motorcyclists in Ohio and throughout the country face increased risks of being involved in an accident and suffering injuries. Motorcycle accident victims are more likely to sustain injuries to their legs and feet, followed by their head and neck, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Truckers to install electronic logging devices

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is requiring all truckers to install electronic logging devices in their trucks. The FMCSA reports that illegal logbooks are common and often lead to truck inspection citations. Prior to ELDs, truckers could easily misrepresent the number of hours and miles they had driven in the paper trucking logs. Now, ELDs will monitor truckers' hours and miles, thereby ensuring increased compliance with the Hours of Service regulations.

Exemptions to the Ohio FRA

A previous blog post discussed Ohio's Financial Responsibility Act. Under the Act, vehicle owners are not allowed to operate, nor permit another to operate, their vehicle without insurance. The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles randomly selects 5,400 vehicles per week for which owners must provide proof of an insurance policy. Those found to be in violation of the FRA may be subject to penalties, such as drivers' license suspension and impoundment. However, uninsured motorists may claim an exemption to the Ohio FRA random selection program.

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