In many American jurisdictions, reckless driving is a criminally punishable offense. It is a common cause of car accidents and the basis for civil claims as well. These are oftentimes preventable collisions. Reckless driving constitutes driving conduct that is something more than simple negligence, which is the failure of a driver to act reasonably given the circumstances surrounding them.
When a vehicle is involved in a collision with another automobile the resulting damage can be dramatic. Any driver in Akron who has seen an accident on the side of a road or freeway may have witnessed bent metal, broken windows and shattered lights and lamps. If a collision can cause a vehicle made of steel and plastic to crumple and crease, it is not surprising that it can cause serious and sometimes life-threatening harm to the victims who are unfortunate enough to be inside the vehicles when the crash occurs.
Countless people across the country travel by car each and every day. While the vast majority of these journeys are completed without incident, there are some that unfortunately end in disaster. For many reasons, being the victim of a car accident is one of the most traumatic and stressful events anyone can go through. But there's no need to handle the burden of such an incident alone.
This blog recently discussed a hit-and-run pedestrian accident and it is important to note that hit-and-run accidents can be particularly serious. If involved in a car accident, it is helpful to know what to do following a car accident because the period immediately following one can be stressful and chaotic. To begin with, it is important not to leave the scene of an accident, especially if injuries or fatalities are involved.
When you were a teen, you may have felt exhilarated by the idea of getting your driver's license. This achievement likely meant the ability to go where you wanted when you wanted. Because the excitement likely outweighed any other thoughts you had about driving, you probably did not dwell too long on the possible risks that driving could present.
Distracted driving is a problem everywhere and is a concern in Ohio. Ohio has had a distracted driving law for 5 years but a period of informing drivers about the dangers of distracted driving preceded enforcement of the law. Texting while driving is banned in Ohio and novice drivers are prohibited from using a cell phone while driving. Following the education campaign period, authorities began issuing tickets for distracted driving and the fine for adult drivers is $150.
Different types of compensation may be available to individuals injured or otherwise harmed in a car accident. Damages that may be available can include medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages. A personal injury claim for damages can help victims recover the compensation they need for the damages they have suffered because of a car accident caused by a negligent driver.
A number of loved ones have tragically been lost in Ohio over the past dozen or so years due to distracted driving or suspected distracted driving. Distracted driving was identified in nearly 14,000 car accidents in Ohio during 2016. In addition, car accident fatalities increased for the first time in 50 years during 2015 and talking, texting, and use of the internet while driving were identified as major factors causing the increase.
The steps car accident victims take following a car accident can be important if the need to later seek compensation for damages. Unfortunately, there may be obstacles when a car accident victim pursues a claim for damages, however, a personal injury claim for damages is an important legal tool for injured victims struggling with physical, financial and emotional damages following a car accident.
Ohio motorists do not plan to be in vehicle collisions. When car accidents occur, many unplanned expenses, car repairs and therapy for injuries can result in financial and emotional stress. Some accidents are the result of the action of presumed negligent drivers, and financial compensation can be requested from them in a legal manner, but it is a complex process. One family was recently involved in an accident, and they may be finding the aftermath that follows difficult to manage.