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How does one preserve my claim for damages after a car accident?

Following an Ohio car accident, the immediate thoughts of victims may not be related to a personal injury claim for damages. But, after the accident, as they face medical bills and possibly the inability to work or to pay for bills, they may wonder about their options.

What everyone needs to know about distracted driving

There are approximately nine victims killed each day in the United States in car accidents involving distracted driving and another 1,000 are injured. Distracted driving increases the risk of a car accident. In general, distracted driving is considered any activity that removes the driver's attention from driving.

Victims of distracted driving enjoy legal protections

The month of April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Distracted driving is a serious danger on the roadways and can lead to car accidents, motorcycle accidents and truck accidents, all with devastating consequences for victims and their families. Because of the serious concern of distracted driving, it is important to be familiar with what is considered to be "distracted driving" and what to do if harmed by a distracted driver.

What types of damages are available to car accident victims?

There are a variety of different types of damages that car accident victims may suffer and may be able to recover compensation for through a personal injury claim. Car accident victims may wonder, however, what damages are available to them to them when they have been injured. Because a claim for damages can help victims recover compensation for the injuries, harm and expenses they have suffered, it is important for victims to be familiar with the options available to help them.

Types of traumatic brain injuries caused by car accidents

Many people are injured or killed on Ohio's busy roads each year. Car accidents, motorcycle accidents and trucking accidents can all lead to catastrophic injuries. Traumatic brain injuries are among the most dangerous types of injuries, accounting for 1.7 million related deaths in America each year. Although brain injuries may be caused by other occurrences, such as sports-related injuries, falls, violence, explosions, medical malpractice and workplace accidents, car accidents remain the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries.

Car accident victims may recover even if they are at fault

Ohio is an at-fault insurance state, meaning that the person who caused the accident is responsible for paying the costs of losses and damages to the other driver. Those injured in a car accident may choose to pursue a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent party to recover their medical expenses and other damages. In Ohio, they may do so even if they were partially at fault.

Steps to take following a car accident

Car accidents can be traumatizing. Victims should be prepared to handle the situation appropriately to ensure that they have a strong personal injury case moving forward. First, an ambulance should be called for anyone who is injured, and the injured party should remain on the scene unless emergency medical care is necessary. The vehicle should be moved out of oncoming traffic and the police should be contacted so that an official police report may be filed in cases where there is significant property damage, serious bodily injury or death.

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.

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