When is it safe to pass a school bus in Ohio?

Being stuck behind a school bus while rushing to work can be frustrating, but school bus safety is more important than shaving a few minutes off your commute time.

From 2007 to 2016, there were 1,282 people of all ages killed in school transportation-related crashes—an average of 128 fatalities per year. Bus drivers, pedestrians, cyclists and other drivers on the road, all must obey bus safety rules. In Ohio, drivers must stop at least 10 feet away from a stopped school bus to allow passengers to safely enter or exit the bus. Continue reading “When is it safe to pass a school bus in Ohio?”

How your medical records can influence the compensation you receive after an accident

By William J. Price

medical recordsThe things you say or fail to say to your doctors after an accident can be crucial to the outcome of your case. Most victims assume they will recover from their injuries within a few weeks of the accident. When an auto accident victim arrives at a doctor’s office, they typically focus on the most severe injury and fail to bring up their smaller ones. Insurance companies can use this omission as a limitation on the victim’s compensation.

Doctors record the subjective complaints of the patient once the exam begins. After a crash, accident victims commonly fail to be specific and thorough when advising the doctor of their injuries. Smaller injuries, which tend to be overlooked, often grow worse in the days or weeks after the accident. The further these complaints are removed from the date of the accident, the more likely the insurance carrier will not consider them for compensation.

For example, a person who hurts their neck and lower back in an accident, but fails to mention the back pain for 2 to 3 months following the accident will potentially be precluded from any type of payment for the lower back injury. This is a common problem.

Until your pain is completely resolved, don’t be afraid to monopolize your doctor’s time and identify every body part injured in the accident. Otherwise, you will never receive full compensation.

About Elk & Elk Attorney William J. Price

William J. Price focuses his practice on personal injury litigation for people who have been seriously injured or killed as a result of medical malpractice, nursing home neglect, defective products, negligence in construction sites, and trucking and auto accidents. He has been recognized by Super Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell, AVVO, and is a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Million Dollar Advocates Forum.


One simple way to strengthen your claim for lost wages

By William J. Price

injuryIf you can’t work after suffering injuries in an auto accident caused by another driver, it’s reasonable to expect that you could recover your lost wages. This concept seems simple and fair. Unfortunately, when an insurance carrier is examining your claim, they may question or limit the time you can claim for lost wages from your injuries. Continue reading “One simple way to strengthen your claim for lost wages”

Do you buckle up in the back seat?

Most vehicles on the road today set off a reminder if you forget to buckle up in the front seat. Even if the incessant beeping doesn’t bug you enough to put on your seat belt, the other passengers in the vehicle will usually guilt you into wearing one to make it stop.

In the back seat, however, many adults don’t feel this same pressure to strap in for the ride. Continue reading “Do you buckle up in the back seat?”

Lake County using variable speeds to create safer road travel

Winter driving conditions

Most of us are used to seeing static speed limit signs on the side of a road or freeway.

However, as driving conditions change, the posted speed limit is not necessarily the safest speed to drive.

Winter weather can make for dangerous driving conditions in Ohio. Multiple car crashes and injury accidents are not uncommon as winter storms change traction on a road with ice, snow, wind or rain. Continue reading “Lake County using variable speeds to create safer road travel”

Ohio Lawmakers Taking Steps To Reduce Distracted Driving Accidents

distracted drivingDistracted driving is a threat to all motorists. In Ohio, distracted driving caused or contributed to 14,000 accidents in 2016. But despite the known dangers, many people continue to use a phone and otherwise multitask while they are driving.

Continue reading “Ohio Lawmakers Taking Steps To Reduce Distracted Driving Accidents”

What You Need To Know About “Do Not Disturb While Driving” On iPhone

distracted drivingThe new iOS 11 update on the Apple iPhone contains a safety feature that could prevent accidents and save lives.

The Do Not Disturb While Driving feature has been added to the latest update. It works by blocking text messages and phone calls while the device’s owner is driving. Continue reading “What You Need To Know About “Do Not Disturb While Driving” On iPhone”

Who is liable for injuries in an Uber or Lyft accident?

Taking an Uber or Lyft is a convenient way to get from point A to point B without using your personal vehicle or public transportation. Because there is no concern about parking, and the cost can even be lower than traditional taxi or limousine options, Uber, Lyft and similar services have quickly become popular. Many people have a rideshare app on their phones, so it’s quick and easy to reach a driver at any time. Continue reading “Who is liable for injuries in an Uber or Lyft accident?”

Opioid-Related Car Accidents Are On The Rise

The opioid crisis opioidis hitting Ohio especially hard.

Abuse of prescription painkillers like fentanyl and oxycodone, as well as heroin, has risen dramatically over the past decade:

In 2005:

  • Approximately 15,000 deaths in the United States
  • 500 deaths in Ohio

In 2015:

  • Approximately 33,000 deaths in the United States
  • 2,700 deaths in Ohio

Alarmingly, experts believe that opioid-related deaths across the United States may actually be underreported.

With masses of people hooked on opioids, all facets of life are affected. Continue reading “Opioid-Related Car Accidents Are On The Rise”

How to document your recovery after a car crash

By William J. Price

car crashMany car crash victims suffer serious injuries that prevent them from caring for themselves and their families or doing the things they love.

Whether these struggles will last for months or a lifetime, documenting the recovery period can be an important step toward building the foundation of a case. A skilled attorney can combine these notes with information about the injuries and treatments to paint a picture of the ways the victim’s life was changed by the crash and determine how they should be compensated for the damages. Continue reading “How to document your recovery after a car crash”