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Do punitive damages apply in a drunk driving case?

If you were injured in a car crash due to a drunk driver, you may be looking at significant financial issues such as a stack of medical bills and lost wages. You are entitled to appropriate financial compensation from the guilty party’s insurance company.

However, compensation matters involve more than negotiation with insurance company lawyers in the state of Ohio. The personal injury attorney you engage can explore the prospect of punitive damages.

Ohio car accidents: Alcohol suspected in fatal crash

While the vast majority of people in Ohio are aware of the potential ramifications of driving under the influence of alcohol, there are still people who choose to ignore the warnings and drive after drinking. Unfortunately, these negligent drivers often cause car accidents that have lifelong ramifications for innocent people who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Unfortunately, police believe that alcohol may have been a factor in a recent crash that took one woman's life.

The incident happened at approximately 9:30 p.m. on an Ohio roadway. According to reports, the 49-year-old female victim was headed south. Unfortunately, a vehicle driven by a 25-year-old man allegedly crossed the centerline, causing a head-on collision.

Workers' compensation benefits may ease financial burden

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently announced the conclusions of an investigation into the death of a 61-year-old employee of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. in March. The fatal workplace accident occurred at one of the Ohio-based company's facilities in another state. Although such investigations can take months to complete, the surviving family members can take steps to file workers' compensation death benefits claims immediately after the tragedy.

Reportedly, the deceased worker was assigned to the company by a personnel services firm to work in its stores. This was where a falling object served a blow to his head – causing his death. Investigators determined that the storage area posed several hazards, including various metal objects of different lengths and diameters that were unrestrained against a wall. OSHA issued one citation for this violation.

Negligence in Ohio intersections cause many car accidents

Ohio drivers will know that intersections are dangerous areas at any time, regardless of how busy they are. Many fatalities occur in car accidents that were caused by drivers who disregarded stop signs or red traffic lights in intersections. One such an accident recently sent five people to different hospitals in Hancock County.

According to a report by the office of the sheriff, the crash involved two vehicles, and it occurred on a recent Thursday afternoon. A 34-year-old driver in an SUV was heading west through an intersection when a northbound vehicle smashed into it. The second car's driver was a 59-year-old woman.

Is the local tavern liable for your car crash injuries?

If you suffered an injury in a car crash caused by a drunk driver, your initial focus will no doubt be on your recovery. However, you will be facing challenges other than those of a medical nature. You may be looking at hospital bills, physical therapy bills, home health care expenses and more. Because of your injury, you may also be facing loss of wages, even the loss of your job.

The question is, how will you obtain compensation for all this? You assume the intoxicated driver is to blame, but what about the tavern where that driver consumed too much alcohol before hitting the road — and totaling your car?

What every parent should know about child car seat laws in Ohio

As a parent, you frequently act as your children's chaffeur, driving them to daycare, school, the doctor's office and everywhere else they need to be. But are you taking the right precautions to keep your kids safe in the car? Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus reports that more than half of the children killed in car crashes were not using seatbelts or child safety seats. Consider these Ohio laws and suggestions the next time one of your children wants to ride in the front seat.

Requirements by law

  • Until children are 4 years old and weigh at least 40 pounds, they must ride in a child safety seat.
  • Children aged 4 through 8 must use a booster seat until they reach the height of 4 feet, 9 inches.
  • Children 8 through 15 who do not need booster seats must use seatbelts, even in the backseat of the vehicle.

Bill proposes workers' compensation only for documented workers

In Ohio, politicians are debating the rights of undocumented workers. It involves a proposal that passed the House and is now being considered by the Senate that would bar undocumented employees from receiving workers' compensation benefits following on-the-job injuries. Opponents believe the bill would encourage lax workplace safety.

It is argued that it would be to the detriment of all workers and not only those who lack documents. If workplace safety is neglected because undocumented workers cannot file workers' comp claims, documented workers will be exposed to the same hazards. Proponents note that employers who knowingly employ undocumented workers can be prosecuted.

Car accidents: Family has grounds for claim after fatal crash

Losing loved ones in automobile crashes is naturally traumatic for the surviving family members, and the financial consequences typically exacerbate the suffering. The civil justice system provides for their right to pursue recovery of damages after car accidents that were caused by the negligence of others. An Ohio family appears to have grounds for such a claim after a recent tragedy that led to the death of a teenager.

A report by the Ohio State Highway Patrol notes that the crash occurred shortly after 3 a.m. on a recent Sunday. An 18-year-old male high school student and a 17-year-old female were westbound on state Route 82 after a prom. According to authorities, the driver lost control of the car and smashed into two poles before the vehicle came to a halt in the median.

Is hiring a personal injury attorney a smart move for you?

Some auto accident victims who only sustain mild injuries do not see the need for retaining legal help. After all, the situation seems straightforward enough: The other driver was at fault, so all the injured party needs to do is file a claim with that individual’s insurance company and receive the expected financial compensation.

Unfortunately, things are not always as they seem. Insurance companies have teams of lawyers who are expert at protecting the interests of the companies and their policyholders. If you are a claimant, this is one very good reason to have an experienced personal injury attorney on your side.

Car accidents: Horse-drawn buggy struck by car, 3 teens injured

Vehicle operators in Ohio need be extra vigilant when traveling because they may unexpectedly come upon a horse-drawn buggy. Because of the slow speeds at which these carts travel, car accidents involving them are quite common. One such a crash recently sent three teenagers to a hospital.

According to a report by the Ohio State Highway Patrol, a car struck a buggy on a recent Wednesday afternoon. Officers say the Amish buggy was traveling south on Ohio 136 when another southbound vehicle came up from behind. The driver of the car was unprepared for the slow moving buggy and could not avoid smashing into the rear of it.