When a fatal accident occurs, it is fairly common for two trials to take place - a criminal trial and a civil trial. The criminal trial determines whether the liable party should be subjected to criminal punishments, such as jail time. The civil trial determines whether the liable party should be forced to pay for the physical and emotional damage they have caused.
The snowy season has truly arrived here in Ohio and with it comes the arrival of our state's snowplows. Like all other drivers, snowplow operators have a responsibility to drive safely and follow all traffic laws. Snowplows, however, are heavy and often operated in inclement weather; operators, therefore, need to be even more careful and observant while driving on Ohio's roads. Failure to spot another vehicle or to maintain a lane could result in a serious collision.
If asked about the most dangerous night to be out on Ohio's roads with respect to drunk driving, many readers would probably assume the main culprit would be St. Patrick's Day, or perhaps New Year's Eve. They would be wrong, however. According to Ohio police, the biggest night of the year for drunk drivers is Thanksgiving Eve.
Speeding is among the most common of all offenses on Ohio's roadways. After all, who hasn't gone a few miles over the speed limit from time to time? When taken to the extreme, however, speeding represents a severe threat to the safety of the driver, passengers and other motorists.