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.
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.
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.
In the midst of winter, Ohio drivers may find themselves driving under harsh weather conditions. Even as they take precautions to avoid accidents, many cities use commercial vehicles to remove ice and snow from the roads in order to further reduce the possibility of wrecks. These commercial vehicles are under tremendous pressure to cover a lot of ground in a little amount of time and may themselves not be taking necessary precautions on icy roads.
People in Cincinnati and throughout the state have to be aware of their surroundings at all times when out on the road. If there is an auto accident, there is the possibility of catastrophic injuries and even death. If the accident involved people in vehicles, they at least have some protection. If they're pedestrians, the vulnerability is increased exponentially and often leads to fatalities.
Ohio drivers may have heard of the term distracted driving many times, but may not be sure what the term encompasses even though thousands of people die or are injured in car accidents across the country involving distracted driving. Any activity that can cause a person to divert their attention from the primary task of driving is considered distracted driving. Texting, using a cellphone, talking to passengers, watching a video, and adjusting a radio are all examples of distracted driving.
As Ohio residents may have read last week on the Cincinnati Car Accident Law Blog, distracted driving contributes to thousands of accidents in the state annually. Texting and driving is one of the distractions people face on the road, in addition to sleepiness and fatigue and even daydreaming in some cases. Distractions can come in a variety of ways, and it can often be difficult to prove in an auto accident case.
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.
Losing a loved one in a sudden car accident can wreak emotional and financial havoc on loved ones. Not only do they have to come to terms with their loss, but they also may find themselves facing financial pressures that they were not anticipating. These financial considerations may often overshadow a family's grieving process and prevent them from obtaining closure.