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This one issue is common to every auto-pedestrian accident

Many Ohio residents know that walking is good for their health. However, they also know that it could be hazardous. You risk suffering serious injuries anytime you are around vehicles as you walk. This is the one issue that is common to every auto-pedestrian accident -- the person walking tends to suffer more severe injuries, and could even die, while the occupants of the other vehicle could walk away unscathed.

This vulnerability could also end up causing an accident report to be skewed toward the driver instead of you since you are more than likely lying on the ground too injured to provide a statement to the first officer on the scene. The driver may tell the officer that you stepped out in front of the vehicle in order to deflect any responsibility for what happened. Unless you get the chance to provide your side of events, you could face an uphill battle when you seek restitution for your injuries and financial losses.

Avoiding car accidents in winter weather

Whether people are happy about it or not, winter is returning to Ohio. This means snow, ice and cold weather. It also means dangerous road conditions that lead to car accidents. It may be a good time to get a reminder about driving in winter weather.

In addition to making sure vehicles are prepared and emergency kits are in the trunks, other things can be done to help ensure a safe trip no matter what the weather. Of course, if an Ohio resident has the option of not going out in winter weather, this would be optimal. Unfortunately, many do not have that freedom, so they need to remain prepared.

Crossing the center line leads to many car accidents

Wrong-way crashes may not happen as often as other types of wrecks, but they often result in catastrophic results. The media may focus on the more sensational wrong-way car accidents that occur on interstates and highways across the country, including those here in Ohio. Sadly, many of these accidents occur on rural roadways that have only a yellow line separating the two directions of travel.

Illustrating this point is a wreck that happened in the early morning hours of a recent Friday. It was just shortly after 4:30 a.m. on Ohio Route 7 when a passenger vehicle strayed across the center line into the oncoming lane of travel. Already in the lane was an 18-wheeler, and the driver had no way to prevent the other vehicle from colliding with the mammoth vehicle's rear trailer wheels and axles.

Emergency responders can end up in car accidents, too

When it comes to emergency responders, most Ohio residents think of them arriving to help after a catastrophe occurs. They arrive at scenes of car accidents, fires and other events in which people need their help and rely on them to take care for them. Often, this is what happens, but sometimes, emergency responders become the victims.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol recently responded to a crash involving a passenger vehicle and an ambulance. Preliminary reports indicate that around 6:45 p.m., the 28-year-old driver and a 43-year-old passenger who were responding to a call occupied the ambulance. As the vehicle headed south on State Route 93, a vehicle coming toward the ambulance from the opposite direction veered into its path.

Passengers have no control in distracted driving car accidents

As passengers in motor vehicles, Ohio residents put their lives in the hands of the drivers. In many cases, it does not matter since the group reaches its destination without incident. However, if the driver becomes distracted, the worst could happen, and passengers will have no control over whether car accidents occur.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol recently took the opportunity to remind drivers not to drive distracted in the aftermath of a fatal crash that took place on a recent Saturday night at an intersection on State Route 309. Troopers were called to the scene at shortly after 7:45 p.m. When they arrived, they found the wreckage of two vehicles.

Preparing for the fall fog

Fog brings a mixture of emotions to Ohio residents when they wake up and look outside. On one hand, some can find beauty with the eerie atmosphere and how it contrasts well with the more colorful leaves of autumn. On the other hand, driving in these conditions is always a chore.

Between 2002 to 2012, the Federal Highway Administration found that there 31,385 crashes, 511 deaths and 11,812 injured from fog-related accidents on average annually. Even some natural disasters and storms offer more visibility to motorists than a thick fog does. Even though Ohio already has a number of fog injuries and fatalities already this year, late autumn and early winter is when they will it starts appearing on roads more frequently. To navigate through this unavoidable hazard, you will need to keep the following tips in mind:

A provoked dog bite doesn't constitute an injury claim

When a dog bites someone - be it a neighbor, family member or stranger - an injury claim is only valid if the animal was unprovoked. Otherwise, there may not be retributions for the incident.

If you live near a dog that may be dangerous, follow these tips to keep from making any action that could be considered "provoking" the animal to bite.

Contributory negligence in auto-pedestrian litigation

Negligence forms the backbone of many personal injury claims and when an Ohio resident is hurt in an auto-pedestrian accident, they may sue the other party for that party's wrongdoing. To prevail, they must generally show that the other party owed them a duty of care, that they breached their duty and that their breach caused the victim's injuries and losses. However, a party who is sued for causing another person's harm may allege that the victim exercised negligence as well and that they were partially responsible for their own injuries.

In Ohio, a victim whose actions add to their losses may see their damages reduced by the proportion of fault that they contributed. For example, if in an auto-pedestrian accident a pedestrian is found to be 20 percent at fault for the incident then they may only receive 80 percent of their damages.

Who should you contact after a dog bite?

Whether you are attacked in someone's backyard or in an alleyway, dog bites can pose a serious threat towards many Ohio residents. In fact, Ohio consistently ranks in the top ten states with the most reported dog bite incidents per year.

There are different individuals you need to contact if you are bitten. Getting a hold of these people can help you recover from the attack and potentially prevent the dog from harming you or anyone else again.

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