Surprising elements affecting self-driving cars

In recent years, we have been reading a lot about self-driving cars, and there is no shortage of promising, enticing details. We hear that they could reduce accidents caused by drunk, drowsy or distracted drivers; we learn that they can react faster than humans; we are told they could revolutionize the transportation industry. Understandably, a lot of people are eager to get self-driving vehicles out on the roads.

However, while Ohioans may be ready for automated cars, the cars may not be ready for Ohio.

Continue reading “Surprising elements affecting self-driving cars”

Alternative transportation options for older adults

Having a car and driving is something many of us take for granted.

For senior drivers who are about to stop driving, the loss of independence can be a difficult thing to go through.

Fortunately, there are transportation options available to help seniors get around, attend medical appointments, run errands, etc. Learning what ride options are available and figuring out how to use them can be overwhelming. But with practice and help from friends and family members, this is not an impossible task.

Continue reading “Alternative transportation options for older adults”

Misdiagnosis results in $7 million verdict

A serious injury or illness can change a person’s life in the blink of an eye. However, with immediate medical attention and treatment, hopefully a person will be able to recover if doctors can minimize the long-term damage of a specific condition.

Unfortunately, this doesn’t always happen. Sometimes treatment is ineffective; sometimes it is medically impossible to repair the damage already done. And sometimes, misdiagnosis is to blame.

Continue reading “Misdiagnosis results in $7 million verdict”

Beds in nursing homes could be a threat to patient safety

When an elderly loved one needs personal care and medical attention that spouses or family members cannot provide, they often move to a nursing home facility. These facilities typically have the staff, resources and equipment that can make life more comfortable for a patient.

However, accidents can happen in nursing homes, particularly when conditions are substandard and staff is lacking or negligent. For instance, did you know that a nursing home patient’s bed could pose a threat to his or her safety?

Continue reading “Beds in nursing homes could be a threat to patient safety”

What are the updated car seat guidelines?

Choosing a car seat, properly installing it, and ensuring that it meets current safety guidelines: These are all important tasks – and potential challenges – for parents and caregivers with young children.

A car seat can protect a child in the event of a motor vehicle accident, potentially preventing serious injuries and deaths.

Continue reading “What are the updated car seat guidelines?”

How do Ohio truck driver salaries compare to other states?

When it comes to the salaries of truck drivers, how do Ohio truck drivers compare to other truck drivers across the country?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salaries of truck drivers around the U.S. varies greatly. There is a $17,670 difference between the highest and lowest ranked states.

Continue reading “How do Ohio truck driver salaries compare to other states?”

School bus safety tips everyone should know

All across Ohio, students are heading back to school. This means we are starting to see a lot more school buses on the road.

Whether your child rides a bus or you are sharing the road with a school bus, you should understand some basic precautions you can take to ensure everyone gets where they need to be safely.

Continue reading “School bus safety tips everyone should know”

What to do if you’re hurt by a dangerous product

By William J. Price

A machine at work. A curling iron at home. A defective seat belt in your car.

dangerous productEach of these items – and many others you use on a daily basis – has the potential to hurt you or your loved ones. If you’ve been seriously injured by a dangerous product, you may be able to hold the manufacturer or supplier accountable. Continue reading “What to do if you’re hurt by a dangerous product”

Why fall risks in nursing homes shouldn’t be ignored

Falls at nursing homes and retirement homes are a real safety concern.

Many nursing home residents are in the facility because of decreased mobility. Many are no longer able to walk or even stand on their own. Falling is a real possibility, and can have devastating effects.

Continue reading “Why fall risks in nursing homes shouldn’t be ignored”

Signs of a drugged, impaired driver

Every driver knows that driving drunk is dangerous and illegal. And most people are familiar with the signs that a driver is drunk, from slurred speech to erratic movements or swerving behind the wheel.

However, there is another problem that is just as dangerous as driving drunk: drugged driving. Unfortunately, people are less familiar with the signs of a driver impaired by drugs, and testing for this type of impairment can take longer and be more complicated than testing for intoxication.

Because of this, Ohio law enforcement agencies are working to improve their drug recognition resources. Recently, hundreds of Ohio officers completed training to become Drug Recognition Experts who can identify signs that a driver is under the influence of marijuana, opioids, cocaine and other dangerous substances.

So, what do these experts look for?

There are numerous signs that a person may be impaired by drugs, including:

  • A person’s behavior
  • Slow or rapid pulse
  • Slurred or incoherent speech patterns
  • Certain types of eye movement, like an inability to cross the eyes
  • Pupil size
  • Presence of an injection site
  • Muscle rigidity

Identifying these and other signs can lead a DRE to believe a person is impaired by drugs. This information can be crucial in the aftermath of an accident involving the allegedly impaired driver, which is why it is important to call police after an accident.

Unfortunately, the issue of drugged driving is not going away. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, fatal accidents involving a drugged driver have increased in the last 20 years.

If you are involved in an accident with a driver who may have been impaired by drugs at the time, you may want to explore your legal options, particularly if you experienced severe physical injuries or non-economic damages.