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.
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.
There is no doubt that being involved in an accident is traumatic. When the accident leaves catastrophic injuries that remind the Ohio victim of what they went through, the trauma may be prolonged. Injuries not only require time to heal but also money to get treatment for and not all accident victims have the financial ability to get medical care. In these instances, holding the responsible party accountable for their actions may be one way to get some economic relief to lessen their financial burden.
If a driver rear-ends another vehicle, it seems obvious that driver must be the one at fault and therefore should pay for the damages arising from the accident. However, fault and liability are not as cut and dry as that. Rather, fault depends on a variety of factors and these factors also determine who is liable and for how much in case of an accident.
Truck accidents can lead to unexpected harm that families may struggle to deal with following a truck accident. In a neighboring community less than an hour north of Cincinnati a truck driver was recently once again before a judge for sentencing related to a fatal truck accident. The truck accident occurred when the driver hit three stopped cars from behind. A woman was killed in one of the vehicles.
Losing someone suddenly in a fatal car accident is difficult for any Ohio family member, but when the car accident victim is a young person with their whole life full of promises ahead of him or her, it may be extra difficult for loved ones to come to terms with their loss. Their pain and suffering may be compounded by the thought of what could have been, and, therefore, closure may be harder to come by.
Even though driving is one of the most common behaviors in which people across the country engage on a daily basis, it is also one of the most dangerous, with many people injured in accidents that could have been avoided if the reckless driver had paid attention on the road. A car accident brings trauma not only to those who were immediately involved in the accident, but also to their family members and even those who witness an especially catastrophic one.
Not much can ease a family's pain and suffering after they lose a loved one in an unexpected car accident. When that car accident is caused by someone else's negligence, the sense of grief is compounded by anger and disbelief over someone else's irresponsibility.
Even though many drivers may be aware that texting or talking on the phone while driving is a dangerous act, drivers still take both their hands off the wheel and their eyes off the road. They may not be aware that distracted driving also includes daydreaming, while behind the wheel. Unfortunately, this completely avoidable behavior causes thousands of deaths and injuries across the country in 2012.
Usually, car accidents leave pain and suffering in their wake, even when there are no fatalities. Though it is rarely possible to quantify the loss suffered in a car accident caused by a reckless driver, car accident victims often find themselves saddled not only with catastrophic injuries, but also with overwhelming bills associated with the injuries. A personal injury claim may be one way to recover their medical expenses and also hold the other person accountable for their negligence.