On behalf of Weisman, Kennedy & Berris Co., L.P.A. posted in Truck accidents on Wednesday, January 23, 2013.

Traffic accidents often have devastating outcomes, particularly when larger vehicles are involved. Trucks and tractor-trailers may be carrying unsecured cargo or the driver may be distracted, impaired or driving recklessly. Sometimes the issue is truck driver fatigue. Regardless of how or why a truck accident happens, victims need to know their legal rights.

One victim has died following a truck and tractor-trailer collision. Ohio state troopers say the accident happened at the intersection of state routes 171 and 9 in Carroll County just after 7 p.m. on Jan. 12. Authorities say the victim was a 79-year-old woman from Amsterdam, Ohio.

According to police, the woman was a passenger in a pickup truck driven by a 76-year-old man from the town of Bergholz. Officers say the truck driver, who was headed west, drove through a stop sign and into the path of the big rig, which was heading south. The victim was ejected from the pickup truck and taken to a hospital where she died. Police say she was not wearing a seat belt, but the driver of the truck and the 29-year-old driver of the tractor-trailer were wearing safety belts. Neither driver needed medical treatment.

Those involved in a truck crash may have serious injuries and need immediate and long-term medical care that can be expensive. They may also see their bank accounts dwindle as they miss work because of their injuries. Learning how the law views accident victims, liability and compensation can help protect the rights of those who are injured.

Source: Timesreporter.com, “Carroll County woman killed in crash,” Jan. 13, 2013

09May 2014

On behalf of Weisman, Kennedy & Berris Co., L.P.A. posted in Car Accidents on Friday, March 8, 2013.

A car accident can cause a number of problematic issues. Those involved in car crashes can sustain serious injuries or physical damage to their vehicles in addition to long-lasting pain and suffering. Such incidents are not easy for those involved or their loved ones.

An Ohio woman was injured in a car wreck Feb. 23. The crash occurred after another driver allegedly failed to stop at a red light and hit the woman’s vehicle before hitting a parked car. The driver and several passengers left the scene on foot. The driver’s car had been targeted by the police earlier that evening after evading a traffic violation stop by speeding off. The driver and passengers remain at large, and police are seeking any information.

The woman was taken to a local hospital, where she was treated for two cracked ribs, a collapsed lung, and body-wide bruising. Three others, including her sister, were also taken to the hospital following the accident.

However, the woman is worried about her dog, which was also involved in the crash but has since gone missing. Another dog belonging to the woman died on the evening of the crash.

The repercussions of car accidents are evident. Along with possible injuries and emotional pain, financial dilemmas can arise. While it may sometimes be difficult to think of the next step in such times, it’s important to remember after a car crash that you must protect your rights. Seeking compensation is not always optimal, but sometimes it can be necessary to recover expenses related to damage or medical bills. You can do this by getting in contact with a Family Law Firm who specialises in personal injury and the financial stress and worry that comes with it.

Source: wcpo.com, “Price Hill woman searching for missing dog after hit-skip crash,” Amy Wadas, Feb. 26, 2013

09May 2014

On behalf of Weisman, Kennedy & Berris Co., L.P.A. posted in Car Accidents on Wednesday, February 20, 2013.

A car accident in a construction zone can cause serious injuries or death to the occupants of the vehicles involved as well as bystanders at the scene. The story below illustrates the serious consequences of a car accident in a construction zone, and the steps to take if a los angeles car accident lawyer, or one similar, is needed.

A 50-year-old man was sentenced to a five-day jail term on Feb. 12 for hitting and killing a construction worker with his car on Sept. 12, 2012. On the day of the accident, the man was traveling through a construction area on an interstate highway. He was driving within the posted speed limits, which were between 55 and 65 mph. When the car in front of him, which was driven by a 34-year-old man, slowed down, he failed to reduce his speed and rear-ended the vehicle. Both cars veered left following the collision, but the 50-year-old’s car struck a construction worker as he tried to straighten his vehicle. The 63-year-old construction worker died before being transported to an emergency care center. Luckily, his friends and family were able to find an attorney for car accident to provide him with the compensation he deserved.

The driver pleaded guilty to both failure to maintain an appropriate distance from the vehicle in front and vehicular manslaughter. He was initially sentenced to 90 days in jail, but the judge suspended 85 days of the sentence. The driver also had his driver’s license suspended for a year and was ordered to perform 200 hours of community service.

Fatal car accidents can have serious psychological and emotional impacts on the loved ones of their victims. Depending on the circumstances of the accidents, surviving relatives may be entitled to file claims for compensation through wrongful death claims. This is why it is just so important to get in touch with a car accident lawyer in the city of Toronto or in a city that is local to you. These claims are often brought forth to not only compensate for loss of companionship and wages, but also to help pay for expenses that are often incurred due to accidents, such as medical and funeral expenses.

Source: Cleveland.com, “Brecksville man sentenced to 5 days in jail, license suspended for death of construction worker,” Tonya Sams, Feb. 12, 2013

09May 2014

On behalf of Weisman, Kennedy & Berris Co., L.P.A. posted in Car Accidents on Wednesday, February 6, 2013.

A moment of lost concentration or even a sudden change in the weather can often be dangerous and even fatal on the road. Many different factors can lead to a car accident. Anyone who has been involved in, or had a loved one who was a victim of, a car accident can attest that it is a traumatic experience and can lead to serious injuries and tragedy.

The snow squall on Jan. 21 that struck I-275 resulted in a serious series of crashes that eventually became a pileup that involved around 200 drivers and passengers and 103 motor vehicles. Investigation as to who may have caused the first accident or whether the event can even be counted as a single continuous accident was still ongoing as of Jan. 28.

The pileup occurred on the westbound lane of I-275 near Cincinnati and resulted in injuries to 27 people as well as the death of one 12-year-old girl. The girl was waiting for help when a car struck a nearby median cable that in turn struck her and led to her death. Reports indicate that the severity of the damage suffered by each vehicle varied, with some showing signs of having been struck upwards of 10 times as more vehicles became involved in the pileup.

In such a large-scale accident, assigning responsibility to a single driver may be difficult, but not impossible. Anyone who has been injured in a car crash, or lost a family member to one, needs to be fully aware of the appropriate legal rights and responsibilities. If negligence can be proven on the part of another, it is possible for victims and their families to receive compensation, which can help alleviate the burden of unexpected medical costs.

Source: Ohio.com, “Ohio interstate pileup will take weeks to sort out,” Jan. 28, 2013

09May 2014

On behalf of Weisman, Kennedy & Berris Co., L.P.A. posted in Car Accidents on Tuesday, January 29, 2013.

Vehicular accidents can be devastating to all who are involved. Car crashes often result in severe injuries, property damage and loss of life. Such was the case for one Ohio family when a stay-at-home mother drove to pick up her kids from school on Jan. 11.

The 29-year-old mother was driving down Manchester Road in the afternoon toward Pfeiffer Elementary School, with her 4-year-old daughter in the car, on her way to pick up her other two children and her niece, when another car crashed into her. The man who allegedly caused the car accident was accused of a series of bank robberies and was wanted by the police.

The alleged bank robber drove through a red light at an intersection and hit the driver’s side of the victim’s SUV, causing it to spin onto a curb and hit a pole. The woman suffered a sprained neck and concussion and was later released after receiving treatment. Her young daughter was also injured.

When police announced the suspected bank robber’s arrest, the mother and her young daughter were not named nor were their injuries mentioned. The stay-at-home mother stated she is upset that there was no mention of her 4-year-old daughter’s injury. No she has no car and piles of medical bills along with three children to care for. .

Not all car accidents are preventable, but that does not mean someone cannot be held accountable. Victims who suffer serious injuries or damages from an auto accident may wish to consider legal action such as personal injury claims. A personal injury claim can help car accident victims seek compensation for medical bills and other related expenses.

Source: ohio.com, “Family suffers through aftermath of crash with suspected bank robber’s car,” Phil Trexler, Jan. 18, 2013

09May 2014

On behalf of Weisman, Kennedy & Berris Co., L.P.A. posted in Car Accidents on Wednesday, January 16, 2013.

Losing a loved one is one of the most tragic experiences in life. When someone dies in a car accident, family members often experience great sorrow for a long time, and the emotional scars that result from the tragic incident may never fully heal. However, depending on who is at fault in the accident, a family may be able to obtain compensation for their loss and hold a negligent driver accountable for his or her actions.

A woman passed away after her car collided with a semi tractor trailer on State Route 21 near Navarre on Jan. 9. She drove her car left into the path of an oncoming semi that was traveling in the opposite direction and the two vehicles collided head on. She was the only person in her car, and she was removed from her vehicle by the emergency medical team. The 52-year-old man who was driving the semi was transported to Affinity Medical Center.

The Ohio Highway Patrol is conducting an investigation on the crash. Route 21 was closed for two or three hours following the accident.

While in this case it appears as though the woman may have been at fault, proper investigation is required to determine who is responsible for a car crash. Once a negligent party is determined, the victims of the accident or their loved ones can seek justice by filing a civil claim. If their claim is successful, they can use the compensation they receive to solve some of the financial problems that may arise after the accident.

Source: IndeOnline.com, “Woman dead in head-on car-semi crash south of Navarre,” Doug Staley, Jan. 9, 2013

09May 2014

On behalf of Weisman, Kennedy & Berris Co., L.P.A. posted in Car Accidents on Wednesday, January 2, 2013.

Time cannot heal the painful fracture that results when family members are killed in a fatal car accident. A serious car accident can completely transform the lives of all involved and leave a gaping hole in the ones of those left behind. While tragic at any time, accidents that cause serious injuries or death are even more heartbreaking when they happen during the holidays, whether it’s in Cleveland or elsewhere in Ohio.

Such was the case on Dec. 23 when two minivans carrying two families were involved in a head-on collision. The fatal wreck, which occurred on Interstate 75, left three adults and one child dead. Two other children were left in critical condition, according to the Ohio State Patrol.

One minivan, carrying a family leaving a Christmas party, went the wrong way on I-75 near Franklin, colliding at 2:30 a.m. with another minivan carrying a family on its way to visit grandparents for the holiday. Police suspect that alcohol was a factor in the crash, and investigators reported smelling liquor in the wrong-way minivan.

When families lose a loved one due to the negligence of a drunk driver or distracted driver, they may be entitled to compensation for the loss of companionship and loss of future income. Although no amount of money can heal the wound that is left when a fatal car accident occurs, it can relieve some of the financial burden that the family must also endure.

Source: USA Today, “4 holiday travelers die in Ohio car crash,” Amanda Lee Myers, Dec. 23, 2012.