On behalf of Weisman, Kennedy & Berris Co., L.P.A. posted in motor vehicle accident on Thursday, June 21, 2012.

Drivers in Ohio may be interested in a new report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The study, which measured motor vehicle accident data from 2002 to 2010, found that efforts to reduce the number of deaths in crashes between cars and pickups have been unsuccessful. Fatalities in cars hit by pickups actually increased by 5% in that time period.

The fatalities may be caused by the height mismatch between cars and trucks. NHTSA has new technology that measures whether the forces from trucks strike higher than prescribed in routine crash tests.

Although many automakers have voluntarily agreed to address the height mismatch, none is required to prove compliance. Previous efforts by the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers to lobby for a federal rule adopting the car-truck crash standard were also unsuccessful. The chairman of that committee believes a uniform test would ensure automakers are all complying in the same way.

No matter how serious your injury or property damage, and regardless of fault in your case, your claim for recovery may be met with resistance, or you may be offered an unreasonably low settlement amount. Therefore, if you have sustained serious injuries in a motor vehicle accident, don’t delay in consulting with an attorney that can review your case and advise you of the evidence you will need to prove your claim.

An attorney can work with accident reconstruction specialists, independent investigators, medical experts and economic experts to establish the true value of your case and determine which parties may have been at fault in the crash. An attorney can also help you determine whether a motor vehicle design flaw may have contributed to your injuries. In such event, the manufacturer, wholesaler, distributor or retailer of a defective product may also be liable for damages.

Source: USA Today, “Cars and SUVs less mismatched in crashes; pickups lag,” Jayne O’Donnell, June 21, 2012

22Apr 2013

Some Ohioans face potentially dangerous conditions at their daily jobs. For this reason, companies are responsible for ensuring that their employees are as safe as possible. Proper training and safety precautions help to reduce the likelihood of fatal accident.

A local energy company supervisor knows about on-the-job accidents all too well. In 2007, one of his workers was injured as the crew was setting up a temporary power connection during a repair. The company apparently failed to learn from the mistake. Four years later, another worker on the supervisor’s crew was killed while performing the same task. The man was reportedly electrocuted after someone told him it was safe to handle the wire; although the supervisor was on site at the time of the accident, it is not clear who told him he could proceed.

03May 2013

Ohio law enforcement is responsible for protecting the rights of citizens, and they are expected to treat everyone fairly, including those who may be in violation of the law. Unfortunately, sometimes people in police custody are harmed, and in some cases, law enforcement agencies are faced with lawsuits.
Fremont law enforcement arrested a man who was allegedly under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Later that evening, the man showed signs of health problems that required immediate medical attention. The man died while he was being transported to a local hospital. The man’s family, however, has a different account of the events leading up to his death. Following an investigation, the man’s family blamed law enforcement, alleging that the authorities’ rough handling of the man caused his death. However, this determination was made by an expert hired by the man’s family and may not have been credible.

06May 2013

Because the enormous weight of large commercial trucks makes them more dangerous than other vehicles, commercial drivers must be more cautious than other Ohio drivers. Unfortunately, when these large commercial trucks are involved in accidents, their enormity makes it difficult for victims to survive.
our young children lost their father in a deadly truck accidentnear Lisbon. The driver of a dump truck apparently swerved in reaction to traffic and hit the man’s SUV as he was driving from the opposite direction. After the collision, the dump truck driver reportedly jumped out of his car and attempted to save the man, but he had been killed instantly. Now the victim’s family wants the driver to be punished for the death.

13May 2013

Rain makes driving more hazardous, and drivers must be especially careful in these conditions. Unfortunately, some young drivers in Ohio fail to follow warnings about speeding in adverse weather conditions. Devastating car accidents can result.

On Ohio 7, where the speed limit is 55 miles per hour, a teenage driver’s speed reached as high as 74 miles per hour. It was raining and he lost control of the vehicle, which crashed into an SUV that was headed in the opposite direction. The driver of the other vehicle, an elementary school teacher, was killed, and her 2-year-old grandson suffered serious injuries. According to the young boy’s mother, the injuries that resulted from the accident will limit his mobility for the rest of his life.

22May 2013

People who drive while impaired put themselves and others at great risk. Unfortunately, when people drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol, pedestrians are even more vulnerable to fatal car accidents. Thankfully, Ohio law enforcement often finds the drivers who are responsible for these accidents and works to ensure that they are prevented from causing another deadly accident.

After a Bridgeport man left a funeral on foot, he was hit by a vehicle and died. The driver of the vehicle, who had apparently been using marijuana at the time of the accident, is now facing felony charges. It is unclear whether the driver fled the scene of the accident, but he may have been concerned that his level of impairment may have resulted in more severe punishment.

28May 2013

Although drivers must be careful to avoid potential hazards on the roads, it is the role of local government agencies in Ohio to ensure that roads are properly maintained. Especially when problems are reported, it is important for officials to take steps to ensure the safety of their roads. In some unfortunate cases, the government’s failure to keep roads clear of obstruction can cause injuries and even death. State and local governments that neglect to maintain safe roads may face wrongful death lawsuits.

The Ohio Department of Transportation had allegedly been aware of a tree that had been leaning over a state road for some time. Unfortunately, the department failed to correct the problem before the tree fell in the road, causing the death of a New Concord woman. The victim was driving with her son, whose age is unknown; he survived the accident but was injured.