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Accident reconstruction is helpful in motorcycle crash cases

It is not uncommon for people to assume that a motorcycle accident is the fault of the rider, not the car that is involved. After all, the bike is fast and powerful, and it is widely believed that motorcyclists are apt to speed and take chances on the road.

However, many motorcycle crashes are caused by negligent motorists. In preparing a case to prove fault, an attorney who represents the biker may call in a professional accident reconstructionist.

How do low-impact and high-speed car crash injuries compare?

You likely see pictures and hear stories about the horrible results of high-speed vehicle accidents. Perhaps you even know someone who was the victim of such a crash and suffered serious injuries.

What you may not know is that a low-impact crash such as a rear-end collision, where one car strikes another while traveling at a speed of only two or three miles per hour, can also cause debilitating injuries.

Truck drivers are prone to chronic injuries and fatigue

Professional truck drivers travel tens of thousands of miles each year. They have long workdays with very few breaks. Fatigue plus back and neck injuries go with the job, but these problems are difficult to treat and harder to live with.

Studies show that truck drivers are not able to assess their own levels of fatigue accurately, and they grow frustrated with ongoing pain. Do these problems make them a danger to other drivers?

Fatal car accidents: 84-year-old driver strikes man on bicycle

An Ohio family has to face the trauma and the financial consequences of the unanticipated death of a loved one. Car accidents that involve bicycles are not uncommon in Cleveland, and, with hardly any protection, it is typically the cyclists that come off worst. In this case, it was a 36-year-old man who lost his life.

The vehicle that struck the man on the bicycle was driven by an 84-year-old man who was subsequently arrested, and he is now facing vehicular homicide charges. Court documents indicate that the man struck the bicycle in an intersection after running a red light. The accident report shows that the impact caused the cyclist to fall on the hood of the car, smash the windshield and then land on the ground. The car continued driving and dragged the injured man along until it came to a halt on top of the cyclist.

Lightning can claim lives in construction workers' accidents

The lives of construction workers in Ohio are threatened by much more than the risk of falling from heights. Every year some fatal construction workers' accidents involve lightning. Even though lightning can sometimes be anticipated, it can strike anywhere. One person was killed and a second one suffered injuries when lightning struck at a construction site in another state on June 27.

Employers must be familiar with the safety guidelines as provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration along with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Checking weather reports before the commencement of outdoor jobs can prevent workers being caught in the open when lightning strikes. This guide provides information about places and objects to avoid during storms along with safe places to seek shelter.

Workers' compensation provides valuable assistance

A stamping plant in Ohio is facing penalties of over $200,000 for violations of safety violations. With additional expenses in increased premiums after workers' compensation claims, such fines can have adverse effects on any company's bottom line. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently concluded two investigations at this facility.

The incidents that led to the OSHA investigations occurred in January and March. A total of 10 safety violations were identified, and all were classified as serious, except one willful violation. Safety hazards included dangerous stacking of parts that could fall onto employees, the lack of protection from working machines and the failure to provide training in the safe operation of equipment. Furthermore, a citation was issued for failing to ensure machines are free of defects by establishing a program for regular inspections.

Car accidents: Semi operator dies when car driver fails to yield

When cars and big rigs collide, it is almost always the occupants of the cars that suffer serious or fatal injuries. It is not often that car accidents are reported in which two cars and a semi-truck are involved in a collision that results in the death of the truck driver. The Mercer County Sheriff indicated that this was the result of a recent crash.

According to a preliminary report on the accident that is still under investigation, a 27-year-old Ohio woman was northbound on a road in Mercer County when she apparently failed to yield at an intersection. Her vehicle smashed into the semi, causing the truck to roll over and slide down the road. The overturned big rig then slammed into another car.

Fatal car accidents: Pedestrian dies in pickup, big rig collision

Ohio Highway Patrol reported that it is investigating a recent crash that happened in Morrow County. This was one of those car accidents that claimed the life of a person that happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. Along with OHP, the county sheriff's office, EMS, fire department, coroner and the county prosecutor responded to the scene of the wreck.

The preliminary accident report indicates that a pickup truck driver on Ohio 19 headed southeast when he allegedly disregarded a stop sign at an intersection. The pickup truck smashed into the side of a big rig that crossed the intersection on U.S. 42. The impact caused the tractor-trailer to leave the roadway and careen toward the intersection's northeast corner. A 61-year-old female pedestrian was heading toward her parked car at the time, and the massive vehicle struck her down.

University studies track injuries to older motorcyclists

Motorcyclists nationwide are growing older: Between 1998 and 2003, the average age of motorcycle owners rose from 33 to 40, according to data from the Motorcycle Industry Council. Two studies, one by researchers from Brown University and one by staff at the University of Rochester Medical Center, collected data about older motorcycle riders and the injuries they suffer as the result of crashes.

Comparisons to younger bikers showed that the injuries the older group sustained resulted in more frequent and longer hospital stays.

Ohio workers' compensation still covers undocumented workers

Ohio workplaces will continue to become safer, and injured workers will be helped to recover and return to work. This was what a Columbus lawmaker said when the new budget was recently finalized for the Bureau of Workers' Compensation. He stated that although the BWC budget showed no increase or decrease for the specific two-year period, additional provisions would be available.

More than 244,000 Ohio employers pay premiums and assessments to the bureau for coverage of their employees. However, the budget was passed without the controversial provision in the House version of the legislation that would have seen some employees excluded from the benefits offered by the workers' compensation insurance system. The final bill was then sent for the Governor's signature.