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What can I do to prevent an accident with a large truck?

One of the most important steps a driver can take to reduce their chances of having a dangerous accident with a big rig or other large truck is to understand that large semis and other commercial vehicles do not function the same way as smaller personal vehicles. While big trucks have steering wheels and brakes and other common automobile components, their massive sizes can cause them to react differently when they are on the open road.

For example, most Ohio drivers know that it can take a truck longer to stop than a small car because the truck weighs significantly more than the personal vehicle. That said, a truck's brakes will work to stop the truck, but the truck will generally cover a lot more ground in its effort to slow down than a car will. Driving defensively when large trucks are on the road can keep drivers and their passengers safe.

Failure to yield: A common cause of auto-pedestrian accidents

In order to obtain a driver's license an Ohio resident must pass a test that examines their knowledge of roadway safety and laws. Knowing what to do and how to react to different driving scenarios is important for drivers to understand so that they may avoid traffic accidents with other vehicles and pedestrians. The failure of drivers to understand the rules they are subject to can put them and others in the path of danger.

For example, in Ohio drivers must yield the right of way to pedestrians who are in crosswalks. If there are not signals directing the flow of auto and pedestrian traffic, vehicles drivers are tasked with slowing or stopping for pedestrians that are in crosswalks. The failure to do so can put pedestrians in the paths of moving vehicles and can expose them to serious potential dangers and injuries.

Car accidents are expensive for victims, legal action may help

Last week's informative post on the types of damages Ohio residents may be able to pursue through personal injury litigation after suffering injuries in vehicle accidents was intended to educate readers on how different types of losses are classified under the law. It was also intended to demonstrate to readers just how vast their damages may be if they are involved in devastating motor vehicle accidents. Damages are more than just the bills a person gets for the medical care their accident-related injuries require: they are financial, emotional, and sometimes penalizing forms of compensation for individuals who have suffered due to the conduct of others.

Car accident damages can add up fast, particularly when a person is unable to go to their job because of the harm they suffered in their collision. Their losses effectively become two-fold: they have accident-related bills for their injuries and property losses, but they have no income to use to pay them.

What types of damages may one seek after a car accident?

A car accident can change the course of an Ohio resident's life. Not only may they have serious injuries to recover from, but also they may find that they are unable to get back to living the life they had prior to becoming the victim of a violent vehicle crash. When a person suffers loses due to the negligence or recklessness of another person, they may be entitled to seek their damages through legal channels in the civil courts.

Damages are the losses that a person incurs when they are hurt by another person. There are different types of damages one can seek depending upon the harm they suffer. One form of damages that individuals can often seek, through the courts and from the parties who hurt them is actual damages.

Social Media Could Ruin Your Car Accident Claim

Being in a car accident is a big deal. You might be tempted to share the news, and social media offers great platforms for widespread updates. But before you share thoughts, feelings and other details online, think about how those posts will be viewed. What comments would the insurance company make? 

Distracted driving can lead to fatal pedestrian collisions

Most Ohio drivers know that it is dangerous to use their smartphones or other handheld electronic devices while they are operating vehicles. This is because using such devices takes their attention away from the roads and places it on objects that can prevent them from seeing obstacles and other hazards before them. Distracted driving due to texting or surfacing the internet can lead to collisions between vehicles but it can also lead to collisions between automobiles and people.

Pedestrian accidents occur when human beings are hit by cars. While in some cases pedestrians may make poor choices about their safety and may contribute to their own harm, it is often the case that a pedestrian was following the law and the rules of the road when they were struck by a vehicle driven by someone who was just not paying attention to what they should have been doing.

How can car accidents cause traumatic brain injuries?

The human brain is effectively the control system of a person's body. It sends signals to different parts of a person's body to stimulate movement and other necessary functions. When it is injured it can greatly affect many of the processes that Ohio residents count on to keep them alive and healthy.

When a person is involved in a vehicle accident there are a number of different injuries that they may sustain. A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a possible injury that they may suffer if their head hits a hard internal part of their vehicle or if they are thrown from their vehicle and suffer a head injury as a result.

An attorney is an asset in a commercial vehicle accident case

Truck and commercial vehicle accident lawsuits have similarities with car accident cases, but they are not the same. There are a number of factors that can make them different and more complex than the claims individuals make against each other when two private parties are involved in a collision on an Ohio road. Having an attorney who understands the nuances of pursuing a commercial vehicle accident case can be an important asset to an injured person who desires to recover their damages.

One of the reasons an attorney can help an injured person is to devise a strategy for their claim. A legal strategy can involve assessing what theories of law to use as the basis of the lawsuit, establishing a clear line of facts and evidence to support the victim's claims and pleading the right damages for the case.

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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