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Akron Personal Injury Law Blog

Fatigued driving puts Ohio motorists at risk

Most drivers in Ohio understand that drunk driving is irresponsible and puts people's lives at risk, but perhaps fewer people are aware of just how quickly drowsy driving can lead to an accident. Like distracted driving, driver fatigue can be as dangerous as driving while impaired by alcohol.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that an average of about 40,000 nonfatal injuries and 1,550 deaths are due to driver drowsiness. The NHTSA also notes that these kinds of crashes are under-reported.

Police suspect DUI in crash that killed grandfather, granddaughter

An Ohio family is awaiting answers after a fatal two-vehicle collision took the lives of a grandfather and granddaughter. The rear-end collision also injured the grandmother and younger sister of the now deceased little girl. The grandmother was reportedly released from the hospital, but the surviving sister's condition was listed as serious.

The crash happened as the vehicle occupied by the grandparents and grandchildren had come to a stop to turn left. An SUV driven by a 54-year-old man collided with the back of the other vehicle, and police believe that impairment, either by alcohol or drugs, was a factor.

Covering the costs of traumatic brain injury

A brain injury can affect every aspect of a person's life, including employment, family relationships, friendships and the injury victim's capacity for enjoyment. It is therefore crucial that anyone who has suffered a brain injury receives the proper diagnosis, treatment and monitoring.

In many cases, people who have suffered traumatic brain injury are entitled to compensation. This can go toward covering the long- and short-term costs resulting from the injury. The legal team at Chester Law Group Co. LPA has in-depth experience in assessing the full cost of brain injuries, as well as dealing with insurance companies and holding negligent parties accountable. 

NHTSA stats underscore serious risk of injury in truck accidents

Truck drivers, trucking companies and other parties to the trucking industry all too often fail to comply with safety regulations established by the federal and state governments. When these violations occur, the lives of passenger vehicle occupants are put at risk. To underscore how devastating truck accidents can be, let's consider some statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

For 2012, the NHTSA reported that truck accidents in the United States took the lives of 3,921 people and injured 104,000. Seventy-three percent of those who died were not in large trucks but in the other vehicles, while 18 percent of those who died were truck occupants. These numbers indicate how easily a collision with a large truck can result in catastrophe for occupants of cars, pickup trucks and other passenger vehicles.

Drunk driving, failure to buckle up pose serious risks in Ohio

In 2013, and for the first time in the state's recorded history, the annual number of traffic fatalities in Ohio was under 1,000. The record low is a good sign that multiple public safety agencies are working to protect motorists on our state's roads, but much more needs to be done.

Last year, 990 people lost their lives in Ohio auto accidents. That number is down from 1,122 in the prior year. While we can gauge the safety of the roads in part by looking at statistics, there is no amount of data that can eliminate the immense grief suffered by a single family that has lost a loved one in a car accident.

Ohio doctor found negligent after surgery that took man's life

A serious problem has lately received increased attention in the medical field: poor communication. Members of hospital staff are sometimes reluctant to report issues even when a patient's life may be at risk, and medical doctors often fail to properly communicate with nurses and other team members before ordering a medical procedure. It appears that the supposed hierarchy of medical knowledge in the health care system continues to result in negative outcomes for patients.

That was the claim in a recent jury trial in Ohio. In 2010, after suffering injuries in an auto accident, a 30-year-old man was cleared for facial surgery. Prior to the procedure, he had complained of severe headaches, which nurses noted on his medical record.

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