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What to do after being attacked by a dog

The Cleveland area has its fair share of dog owners. While many of them do everything possible to keep their animals from doing harm to others, you happened to stumble across a dog whose owner failed to keep it on a leash. The dog attacked you and left you with injuries that required medical care. Is the owner responsible for your losses?

According to state laws, yes, you may hold the animal owner accountable. If he or she fails to cover your expenses, you may file a civil claim in an effort to seek compensation for your losses.

Driving records could factor into car accidents

Many Ohio drivers and passengers have seen the signs on the backs of trucks asking, "How's my driving?" with a phone number for motorists to call if it is less than stellar. Some passenger vehicle drivers ought to have that same sticker on their vehicles as well since their driving habits could end up causing serious car accidents. The question some may ask is whether people with bad driving records should be allowed to keep their licenses.

Several people may answer that question with a "No" after a crash involving several vehicles took place recently. Reports indicate that the driver believed responsible for the accident has 18 years' worth of bad driving convictions even though it does not appear he ever had a valid driver's license. The 31-year-old driver's vehicle ran off the roadway to the left as it headed northbound.

The correlation between sleep deprivation and car accidents

Many Ohio residents simply do not get enough sleep. With all of the demands of work, family and friends, it can seem like there is no time to feel rested. While many people believe that sleep deprivation is more of a nuisance than anything else, they may not realize that it also leads to devastating car accidents.

According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, the federal government's estimations regarding the connection between drowsy driving and crashes is around eight times less than reality. Unfortunately, the foundation is probably right since there is no real way to measure whether fatigue contributed to an accident. Law enforcement agencies use a variety of testing methods to determine whether drugs, alcohol, speed and other factors contributed to a wreck, but there is no test for whether someone was sleepy.

Don't dismiss whiplash injuries from car accidents

Anytime a crash occurs on an Ohio roadway, the individuals involved run the risk of suffering serious injury. Even low speed car accidents can result in dangerous health conditions, and the victims may not even realize it at first. Whiplash may be the punch line to some people's jokes, but it is actually a potentially serious condition.

In some cases, whiplash is an indicator of a traumatic brain injury. In other instances, it indicates the presence of a spinal cord injury. The rapid deceleration that occurs during an impact causes the neck to rapidly move back and forth or side to side. During these motions, the muscles, tendons, nerves and even bones in the neck are under extreme stress.

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:

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