Ohio motorists: Beware of impaired drivers this weekend

There is no day that it is safe to drive while impaired by drugs or alcohol. However, there are certain days that we routinely seen spikes in such behavior. While these days can be somewhat predictable, it is still all but impossible to stop every driver from getting behind the wheel if they are high or drunk.

This is why we urge drivers to use caution this weekend, as there could be a spike in motorists who are under the influence of marijuana.

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Distracted driving is more prevalent than previously thought

Most people are aware of the dangers of distracted driving. In many areas of the country, texting while driving and other forms of distracted driving are illegal.

Yet despite the laws – despite the common knowledge that distracted driving is dangerous – the majority of drivers engage in it to some degree.

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Beat the insurance company at their own game: giving your statement after the accident

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After an auto accident, insurance carriers will often ask you to provide a statement over the phone. This statement is their opportunity to explore how injured you were in the accident. Continue reading “Beat the insurance company at their own game: giving your statement after the accident”

Challenges of reconstructing a bicycle accident

Reconstructing an accident can be a critical piece of a legal claim following a motor vehicle crash. With sophisticated tools and the experience in this area, reconstruction experts can help answer numerous questions about the incident, from what caused it to who may be to blame.

However, this process can be more challenging when it comes to bicycle accidents. As this article discusses, there are bicycle-specific obstacles that can make reconstruction more challenging.

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Recent Tesla crash raises new questions about safety of self-driving cars

On March 23, a man who was driving a Tesla Model-X sport utility vehicle was killed in California. The semiautonomous Autopilot feature was on during the crash.

This accident raises more questions about the safety of self-driving technology.

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Assessing the full extent of damage after a crash takes time

After a car accident, motorists typically get out of their cars and assess the damage, if they are able to do so. They might see debris littering the roadway, broken glass and significant damage to the vehicle. However, it can be difficult to assess the full extent of the damage until a driver brings the car to an auto body shop for inspection by professionals.

It can be the same way with injuries after an accident. There could be some obvious damage and acute pain, but until you visit a doctor and take some time to assess your condition, it can be all but impossible to know how serious your injuries may be. This can be especially important when it comes to certain types of car accident injuries.

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Self-driving Uber car hits and kills pedestrian

Around 10 p.m. on Sunday, March 18, a 49-year-old woman was killed in Tempe, Arizona, while crossing the street. She was struck by a self-driving Uber vehicle.

This is thought to be the first death caused by a self-driving car.

In the aftermath of the accident, Uber has decided to temporarily suspend all self-driving vehicles from its fleet.

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One simple way to strengthen your claim for lost wages

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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”

Avoid these 3 mistakes after a car accident

No one wants to think about the possibility of being in a car accident. But when it happens, it’s important to know what to do – and what not to do – to ensure the protection of rights from a personal, insurance, and legal standpoint.

Here are three mistakes to avoid after being involved in a car accident:

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AAA: Drowsiness causes nearly 10 percent of traffic crashes

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has just released a study showing that drowsy driving may be more of a hazard than current statistics would lead people to believe. Research shows that going 20 to 25 hours without sleep can cause drivers to function similarly to those operating with a blood alcohol content of 0.1. In other words, drowsy driving can be just as dangerous as drunk driving on Ohio roads.

U.S. government statistics find that 1 to 2 percent of all crashes are caused by drowsiness. However, AAA researchers came up with much higher percentages. Over several months between October 2010 and December 2013, researchers monitored the movements of more than 3,500 drivers. They then studied the 701 crashes that these subjects were involved in during that time and concluded that 8.8 to 9.5 percent were caused by drowsiness.

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