An overlooked form of distracted driving: Eating while driving

When thinking of distracted driving, what comes to mind?

  • Talking on a phone while driving?
  • Texting while driving?
  • Using Facebook while driving?

Most people think of phone-related activities as prime examples of distracted driving – and this is true. But many different activities can distract a driver.

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What makes a product defective?

Getting injured while using any product can be frustrating and painful. And it can be easy to blame the item and assume it is defective.

While this can certainly be the case, not all accidents caused by a specific product are the result of a defect. To know if a specific incident could involve a defective item, and therefore could warrant a legal claim, readers should understand what makes a product defective.

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The link between driver health and serious truck accidents

Nearly 6 million Americans are Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) drivers, and most of them drive the semi and tractor-trailers you see crisscrossing highways and interstates across the country. For these drivers, who spend days and weeks at a time on the road, it can be challenging to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Numerous studies have linked the driving profession with having some of the highest risk factors for health issues such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, sleep apnea, high blood pressure and obesity.

With low access to dependable healthcare, many drivers may not even be aware of the serious conditions that may be impacting not only their health, but their ability to drive safely.

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Can your prior health history strengthen your personal injury case?

medical recordsBy William J. Price

After you’ve suffered a serious injury, it can be hard to get your mind off the future. Will you be able to go back to work? How will your medical bills get paid? What impact will your injuries have on your loved ones?

Being able to provide a thorough, documented health history can greatly improve the value of your case and help you get your life back on track as you recover. Continue reading “Can your prior health history strengthen your personal injury case?”

4 Tips to avoid deer accidents this fall

To many in Ohio, autumn means changing leaves,  and football. Fall is a season of change, as the temperature drops and the heating bill rises.

Unfortunately for motorists, it also means deer are much more active.

How much so?

Your chance of hitting a deer doubles between October and November.

Ohio drivers have a 1 in 134 chance of hitting a deer.

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5 Tips to help ensure a safe ride in a rented limo

On October 6, a group of 17 friends rented a limousine for a surprise birthday party in upstate New York.

The day was supposed to be a celebration among friends, but it ended tragically. All 17 passengers, the driver, and two pedestrians were killed when the limo ran a stop sign, slammed into a parked vehicle, and crashed into a ditch.

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Jury awards mother $8.9 million after traumatic delivery

Giving birth is one of the most memorable days in a mother’s life. Unfortunately, sometimes it is memorable for the wrong reasons. Rather than delivering a healthy, happy baby, too many women suffer traumatic deliveries that result in serious injuries to their baby.

For instance, a jury recently awarded a mother nearly $9 million for the damages she and her son suffered during a difficult delivery.

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Truck drivers and sleep apnea

Truck drivers have a responsibility to safely operate 40,000+ pound vehicles. Considering the size and power of these vehicles – especially when comparing to much smaller passenger vehicles – one mistake could mean catastrophic results.

Unfortunately, truck drivers are among the millions of Americans who struggle with sleep apnea.

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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.

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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?

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