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The importance of a truck accident investigation

If you are injured in a truck accident, you need to focus all of your energy on your health and recovery. There is nothing more important than this. Even so, it is important to also understand your legal rights.

While you have your side of the story, the trucking company is likely to come up with another scenario of how the events unfolded. They do this in an attempt to minimize the amount of money they have to payout when everything is said and done.

Passenger injuries in a motor vehicle accident

Many people think about a motor vehicle accident and the first thing that comes to mind is the safety and well being of the driver. They believe that this is the only person who can be injured in such an accident. They overlook the fact that passengers could also be injured.

Generally speaking, a passenger is never responsible for causing an accident. Even so, this doesn't mean the person can't be injured.

Wrongful death lawsuit settled after 2 years

Approximately two years after the death of a 58-year-old man in a car accident, Marion's insurance provider has agreed to pay $4.15 million as a settlement with his family.

The victim's widow alleged in a lawsuit that the city failed to maintain one-way street signs, thus leading to her husband's accident and subsequent death.

The many questions surrounding a wrongful death claim

Every state has particular laws associated with making a wrongful death claim. If you find yourself in this position, such as if a loved one was killed in a motor vehicle accident, it is important to understand the finer details of the laws in your state.

The more questions you answer, the more questions you will have. There is nothing wrong with this, as every bit of information is useful when it comes to deciding whether or not to move forward with a wrongful death claim.

Do you know the ins and outs of compartment syndrome?

When a person is involved in a motor vehicle accident, he or she could suffer from a variety of injuries. While some are well known and well documented, such as broken bones, there are others, such as compartment syndrome, that do not receive nearly as much attention.

In short, compartment syndrome is the result of increased pressure in a muscle compartment. When this happens, the end result can be nerve and muscle damage, along with issues regarding blood flow.

Ohio legislation aims to boost bike friendliness

It's springtime, and that means bicyclists and pedestrians in Ohio are out enjoying the warm weather. To ensure that a healthy pastime or a two-wheeled commute to or from work doesn't lead to an accident, cyclists and drivers must keep an eye out for each other and follow the rules of the road.

A bill being considered by Ohio legislators would make two important changes in the state's traffic laws, specifically as they relate to bicycles. House Bill 154 would establish a statewide requirement that all cars and trucks keep at least three feet away when passing a bicycle. The bill would also change the law to allow all vehicles, bicycles included, to pass through an intersection if the traffic light is malfunctioning and doesn't detect the stopped bike or motor vehicle.

By ignoring hours-of-service rules, truck and bus drivers put you at risk

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, each year driver fatigue is the direct cause of an estimated 100,000 auto accidents, resulting in 71,000 injuries and 1,550 deaths. And that is a conservative estimate.

While drowsy driving is always dangerous, drowsy driving on the part of a truck driver or bus driver can be immensely hazardous because of the size, weight and speed of the vehicles. That is why the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, or FMCSA, has implemented rules to limit truck and bus drivers' hours of service.

Highway patrol investigates cause of accident that took road worker's life

Repairing Ohio's roadways can be hazardous work, perhaps especially in the spring and summer months when the amount of work increases. Nevertheless, highway workers should be able to expect other drivers to heed signage and other warnings about taking special care in work zones. Failure to exercise due caution too often results in serious accidents.

Sadly, a road worker was killed recently in Suffield Township after being hit by a pickup truck. The man was reportedly on foot when the accident happened, and the Ohio State Highway Patrol's investigation is ongoing.

Patient says doctor failed to diagnose cancer; Ohio State settles suit

Early diagnosis is crucial to effectively treating cancer and many other potentially fatal illnesses. While most doctors are conscientious professionals whose primary concern is the health and well-being of their patients, doctors are not immune to mistakes. A doctor's failure to order a test or simply misreading a scan could be detrimental to a patient's health, especially if the doctor fails to diagnose a serious illness like cancer.

That was the claim in a lawsuit recently settled in Ohio. In 2004, a Westerville woman went to the Ohio State University Medical Center for a CAT scan. According to the lawsuit, the images from the scan showed a cancerous growth in her pelvis, but the radiologist at OSU failed to detect the cancer.

Head-on collision sends KSU students to hospital; alcohol believed to be a factor

Decades ago, before organizations like Mothers Against Drunk Driving fought to educate the public and get stricter drunk driving laws passed, the annual number of DUI accident deaths was much higher than it is today. In fact, according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the yearly number of fatal DUI accidents in the U.S. has been reduced by half since 1980, when MADD was founded.

Education and enforcement are the keys to continuing the reduction in DUI accidents, which still injure far too many people in Ohio each year. That means each new generation of young people, along with their adult counterparts, must be made aware of how drunk driving can devastate lives.

We're reminded of these important issues after a recent head-on collision on the campus of Kent State University.

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