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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.

Winter season affects car accident risk in Ohio

Weather conditions, especially during the Ohio winter months, can negatively affect driver performance and crash risk. According to the Federal Highway Administration (FHA), there are an average of 5,748,000 vehicle crashes each year, 22 percent of which are weather-related. Approximately 6,000 fatalities and 445,000 injuries are attributable to adverse weather conditions.

Serious accident sends 3 to the hospital with injuries

The residents of the Cincinnati area probably know almost instinctively that head-on car accidents are likely to leave people seriously injured or even suffering from catastrophic injuries that will leave them permanently disabled. The seriousness of head-on accidents was illustrated again recently on the north side of the city.

Understanding the severity of spinal cord injuries

Regardless of how good of a driver you are and how well you follow all the laws and rules of the road, you can never vouch for the competency or care of others on the road. Sadly, tens of thousands of Americans throughout the United States, including many from the Cincinnati, Ohio, area, suffer from serious and catastrophic injuries every year, many due to the negligence of others. One of the more common types of injuries as a result of a car accident are spinal cord injuries.

How dangerous is distracted driving?

While modern technology has been nearly universally embraced by our younger generation, residents from Cincinnati, Ohio, and the surrounding area have come to learn that it comes with its own set of problems. Social media has become a phenomenon in the world, and many members of our younger generation find themselves glued to their tablet or smartphone. While this is not necessarily dangerous at home, younger drivers are also finding it hard to stay off their phones while on the road. And the results can be deadly.

Car crash involving wrong-way driver kills two

It only takes a split-second for an accident to occur on Ohio's roadways that alters the lives of those involved forever. Those lucky to survive a car crash may still be seriously injured, and in the worst of circumstances, car accidents can claim the lives of innocent people.

Apple software update could be the key to safer roads this fall

Distracted driving has become an increasing contributor to automobile accidents across America. According to the Pew Research Center, 95 percent of Americans now own cellphones. Moreover, 77 percent of Americans own smartphones, up from 35 percent in 2011. These devices pose particular challenges to road safety, since they deliver a range of applications and functionalities that can trigger distractions for a driver.

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