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Top causes of car accidents

Driving on the road in Ohio presents a variety of risks and chances of getting in a crash. It is important to be aware of common causes of accidents so you can avoid high-risk situations and practice better defensive driving techniques. 

According to the CDC, distracted driving is one of the main causes of accidents on the road. Examples of distractions include fiddling with the radio, putting an address into the GPS, reaching in the back to get something, eating, putting on makeup and cell phone use. Although talking on the phone is distracting, texting is the worst because it takes your hands off the wheel, your mind off driving and your eyes off the road. 

What happens when someone can not pay damages?

There some situations in Ohio in which you could possibly still get compensation for your injuries if the party at fault could not pay. These fall generally into two categories.

The first has to do with a rule called joint and several liability. This could force someone else to pay for the delinquent party's damages. The second one would probably take longer, involving official sanctions against the person who owes you money.

The rate of pedestrian fatalities continues to rise

Whether you take a leisurely stroll on your lunch break or rush to do some errands, the warmer weather may be calling you outside after the long winter. Even if walking is not something you enjoy, chances are you do it more than you think, even if it is just rushing across the street to get to the store, post office or bank before it closes.

While you may have dodged your share of cars in your life, you may find it is not as easy to do these days. Cars travel faster, and there seem to be more of them. These are just a couple of factors that safety advocates feel contribute to the steady rise in pedestrian injuries and deaths in this state and across the country.

What are qualities that make a good safety sign?

Keeping pedestrians, visitors and workers safe should be one of your top concerns if you own or manage an Ohio property. One of the ways you can carry out this important responsibility is to mark any hazardous or dangerous areas with appropriate safety signage. Putting up safety signs can warn people that the area they are approaching is not safe to enter. To make sure a safety sign is effective, be on the lookout for several important qualities that a good safety sign should possess.

EHS Safety Advisor explains that safety signs should be easy to read. The words should be large enough that they can be read at a reasonable distance and the sign should convey the proper information without using too many words. Additionally, many signs are not just text, but may also feature a visual graphic to help illustrate the nearby danger. Overall, you want a person to take in everything on the sign at a glance without the need to spend a lot of time reading the sign.

Traffic accidents involving snowmobiles

This winter, many places in the U.S. have seen unusual weather. Some cities have experienced far higher levels of snowfall than usual, while others have endured brutally cold temperatures. Also, some parts of the country regularly experience severe winter weather conditions and a great deal of snowfall. When these conditions are present, some people may decide to ride a snowmobile alongside the road or even take their snowmobile onto the road. This may be a fun or convenient way to get around, but it can also be dangerous, and many snowmobilers have been hurt in traffic accidents.

From inexperienced snowmobilers to reckless drivers who do not pay attention to other people on the road, there are all sorts of reasons why these accidents transpire. Furthermore, weather conditions can be so poor that visibility may be low, and drivers may have difficulty controlling their vehicle. Sometimes, it is very unusual to see a snowmobiler alongside the road, and this can also increase the chances of something going wrong.

Are headlights getting brighter?

Imagine driving down a local street at night. You’re blasting your favorite radio station as you head home from work, and you notice two headlights in the opposing lane, blinding your eyes. Your first thought is the person accidentally turned on their high beams. However, it turns out to be the standard beams.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) noticed a similar issue in the headlight technology after receiving “thousands of consumer complaints.” But are headlights getting brighter in newer vehicles?

How much is an average Ohio car crash settlement?

One of the first things you should know about car crash settlements in Ohio is that average numbers are often not applicable to your specific situation. The cost of your medical bills, lost work and car repairs would probably have the most effect on your particular assignment.

However, there are some general rules about accident settlements in the state that could inform your specific estimate. Here are some of the factors that determine how much you might compensation you might receive as an injured party in a car crash.

The link between road construction and car wrecks

Road construction is quite common across Ohio and the United States, and avoiding these areas where delays and confusion are rampant is not always realistic or feasible. Road construction zones are common sites for car wrecks, however, so it is important that you stay particularly vigilant and attentive when making your way through them. At Klein & Carney Co., L.P.A., we recognize that, while construction, itself, often has a hand in work zone accidents, other drivers navigating their way through construction zones are often the cause of related car crashes.

Per the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration, construction zone crashes are increasing in frequency across the nation, and so much so that the number of construction zone car wrecks jumped 42 percent between 2013 and 2015. About 96,626 construction zone crashes took place on the nation's roadways in 2015, shining a spotlight on just how dangerous these zones can be for the average motorist.

Voice activated devices and cognitive distraction

Voice activated technology comes standard in many vehicles allowing drivers the luxury of speaking commands and carrying out tasks, all without having to remove their hands from the steering wheel. Although this technology is designed to decrease driver distraction, studies show that it may do just the opposite. Although voice-activated devices do not require drivers to use their hands or eyes, it does require their focus. When motorists switch their focus from driving and concentrate on another task, such as trying to complete a command, it increases the risk of a serious car accident.

A study released by AAA looked at various voice-activated programs in several vehicles and how they affect a driver's ability to concentrate on the road. The driver was asked to complete several voice-command tasks while using technology that had a synthetic voice versus a natural voice. Researchers also asked drivers to use the voice-activated technology on a cellphone during the study. During the test, drivers' heart rate, cognitive workload, brain activity, eye movement and response time were measured. The results showed that while there was not a significant different between the synthetic and natural voices used in the technology, some vehicles' technology was more distracting than others. Furthermore, the cellphone voice commands were highly distracting as well.

What must you prove in a wrongful death case?

When your loved one dies in Ohio because of someone's negligence or misconduct, you have the right to sue that person for your loved one's wrongful death. Bear in mind that a wrongful death suit is a civil suit, not a criminal prosecution conducted by the state. What this means is that if you believe someone's misconduct, such as allegedly committing assault or murder, caused your loved one's death, the state need not convict that person of the alleged crime for you to be able to sue him or her for wrongful death.

As explained by FindLaw, people such as doctors, nurses, other health care professionals, allegedly drunk drivers and/or allegedly negligent property owners represent the typical defendants in a wrongful death action. Surviving spouses, parents and/or children represent the typical plaintiffs.

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