It may have been a long time since readers of this Ohio personal injury and vehicle accident legal blog have taken high school physics, but some of the foundational principles of the science may still stick with them. They may remember that an object at rest stays at rest but that an object in motion will continue to move at a constant speed and in a consistent direction, as long as it is not acted upon by an opposing force. The greater the mass that the moving object has, the greater the opposing force will need to be to bring it to rest.
If our Ohio readers of this post have ever been hired to take on jobs, then they may have been asked to sign and read contracts that outline the terms of their employment. In those contracts, the individuals may see if they are designated as employees of the entities which have hired them or independent contractors. While employees are generally considered extensions of their employers and part of the organizations for which they work, independent contractors operate as their own business entities that contract with others to perform work.
It is not uncommon for a person who has a job to want to do their work as quickly as possible so that they can move on and begin a better or perhaps more enjoyable project. An Ohio resident may seek to complete their work-related tasks in an efficient manner so that they have more time with their friends and family or to spend their hours engaged in hobbies that they love. Working quickly and effectively can be incentivized by a worker knowing they will have more time for their own pursuits, though some employers incentivize their workers' performance based on the speed at which they complete their assignments.
A collision with a large truck or other commercial vehicle can be a shattering experience for an Akron resident. As they recuperate from their injuries and contemplate how they will keep up with their bills as they miss time from work, they may be contacted by agents for the trucking company regarding a possible settlement of their claims. The settlement may offer a substantial amount of money to the victim and may appear to be a good deal for them in their current situation.
Truck drivers have to travel long distances that can take them far from their homes. While they are on the road they can face many perils and may have to deal with a host of difficult driving and operating scenarios. While this Ohio-based personal injury and vehicle accident legal blog often focuses on liability in commercial vehicle crashes, this post will discuss the details of a recent accident that claimed the life of an Ohio trucker.
Anyone who wants to legally drive a personal vehicle in Ohio must first obtain a driving credential. That credential could be a permit, which gives a driver supervised options for operating motor vehicles, or a license, which allows them to drive on their own. Additionally, drivers of commercial vehicles must also obtain licenses and those licenses are different than those required of individual drivers.
Commercial drivers work long hours to carry the goods Akron residents want and need to their local retailers. While many commercial drivers are careful, conscientious individuals who take pride in their safe operating records, others may look for ways to bend the rules and get their work done faster than the law technically would allow them to do. A prior post here discussed how commercial drivers are generally subject to hours of service regulations. When drivers make mistakes or cut corners, they put the safety of other motorists in jeopardy.
Drivers in Ohio may notice that more large commercial vehicles are on the state's interstates and highways as the evening turns into night and fewer personal vehicles are on the roads. Clear roads and fewer hazards can allow truck drivers to make better time as they drive their loads to their destinations. However, drivers who operate at night and all other times of the day should be rested and alert so that they do not cause accidents with other motorists.
An accident involving an Ohio resident and a commercial vehicle is not like one between two passenger vehicles. Aside from the fact that commercial vehicles are often much larger and potentially more damaging that personal vehicles, commercial vehicles carry with them a variety of questions regarding who owns them, who is responsible for maintaining them and who is tasked with training their drivers.
When Akron residents think of distracted drivers, they likely think of teens and young adults with cell phones in their hands while they are behind the wheels of their cars. This imagery is not inaccurate: young drivers have caused and have been involved in dangerous distracted driving accidents throughout the nation due to their use of texting and other communication devices.