Whether you are barbequing, laying out by the pool, watching fireworks, or watching the Reds play this weekend, it is important that you take proactive measures to ensure your safety. You do not want your fun-filled weekend to end up sour by ending up behind bars or injured in a car accident.
Beginning July 1, 2015, probationary license holders, drivers under the age of eighteen, will face new restrictions that limit when young drivers will be allowed on the road as well as how many passengers they may carry. Starting on July 1st, probationary license holders will not be allowed to drive between 12 a.m. and 6 a.m. unless the driver is accompanied by a parent or has a work, school, or church exemption. These new restrictions are being put into place to help protect young drivers in addition to any others who may be on the road at that time. Teenage drivers make up only five percent of total licensed drivers but they are responsible for approximately thirteen percent of fatal accidents.
Furthermore, seventy-six percent of night time accidents involve young drivers. The new bill is aimed at lowering the accident rates across the state as well as helping young drivers learn at a measured pace. The hope is that this bill will give young drivers a greater opportunity gain experience before traveling at riskier times of day.
Ohio car accident victims usually have a lot to deal with. They have to try to recover from their injuries and come to terms with an accident that might have even left them suffering from a permanent disability. Holding the negligent party accountable for their actions is one way Ohio victims can receive compensation to help cover their medical bills so they can focus on rehabilitation. However, what happens when the irresponsible driver tries to escape responsibility by running from the scene of the crime, as the driver tried to do in the post from last week?
The legal process is designed to protect victims who have been harmed by others such as in a car accident. A deaf man was recently sent to the hospital with injuries he suffered in a car accident in Cincinnati. According to Cincinnati law enforcement authorities, the car that hit the man fled the scene of the accident following it. The 41-year old victim hit the windshield of the driver's vehicle as he was trying to cross the street. The 29-year old driver allegedly fled the scene after striking the man. Police officers discovered a vehicle with a cracked windshield nearby that police believed hit the man. The police report indicates alcohol may have been a factor in the accident. The driver has been charged with aggravated vehicular assault.
When Ohio residents begin their vacations to an out of state destination, they may find themselves at the rental car counter, filling out forms and answering questions related to the type of car and insurance coverage they would like for their rental car. People are asked whether they want basic coverage or additional as well and a study has shown that 42 percent of people renting a car were either thoroughly confused or had only a rough idea about insurance.
When Ohio drivers think of distractions on the road while they are driving, the first thing they may think of is using the cellphone, but that is not the only type of distractions drivers face on a daily basis and April being Distracted Driving Awareness Month is the best time for drivers to familiarize themselves not only with the various distractions that exist but also with tips for avoiding them.
As mentioned last week on the Cincinnati Car Accident Law Blog, survivors of a car accident often walk away from the accident with multiple catastrophic injuries and need medical care to treat their injuries. Recovering these medical expenses and other types of damages may be possible in a personal injury lawsuit, if it is demonstrated that the expenses incurred during treatment related to the injury caused by the car accident.
Car accidents can be caused by a variety of reasons, but when the car accident could have been prevented, it is even more difficult for victims and their family members to come to terms with their grief. A drunk driving accident is just that - a preventable accident if only the drunk driver had not gotten behind the wheel intoxicated. One way to come to terms with the grief loved ones are going through is for the drunk driver to be held accountable.
Driving in normal conditions is dangerous enough, but it becomes even more dangerous in the winter weather with icy roads and sleet reducing visibility, as demonstrated by the 30 car accidents that took place recently in the state. Despite precautions, Ohio residents may find themselves involved in an accident with another driver and face not only damage to their vehicles, but also to their person. In some unfortunate incidents, Ohio residents may end up losing a loved one in a sudden car wreck.
As the freezing temperatures continue across the state and affects driving conditions, Ohio drivers should remember to drive extra carefully to avoid car crashes. Icy roads and low visibility come hand in hand with freezing temperatures and can be two facts that cause serious, or even fatal, car accidents. Perhaps they played a role in a series of crashes on the Ohio Turnpike that involved 33 cars, all on the same day.