On June 1, 2012, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed a law into effect aimed at reducing car accidents by banning the use of electronic communication devices while driving. Known as House Bill 99, the law went into effect Aug. 31, 2012. Currently, it is illegal for any person under 18 years of age to use an electronic wireless communications device in any capacity while they are behind the wheel.
Prior to 1980, car accident laws in Ohio were pretty straightforward. If you are at fault in any way during a car accident, you were barred from making any claim for compensation against the other driver. Just to put that into perspective and illustrate the unfairness of that law, consider a car with a broken tail light that is rear-ended by a speeding driver. Under the pre-1980 rules, the driver with the broken tail light may have been considered partially at fault for that accident and thus barred from recovery.
Ohio state law considers a wrongful death as any death caused by another person by a wrongful act or neglect. Ohio law also contemplates that if that injured party were still alive one would likely file a claim against the person liable for one's harm in order to recover compensation for their damages.
On August 2, a multiple vehicle car accident occurred on a stretch of elevated highway connecting Covington, Kentucky, with Cincinnati, Ohio. According to a police report, the accident happened around 12:15 p.m. on the upper deck of a section of the Brent Spence Bridge in Kentucky.
On Friday, July 11, at about 5:52 p.m., a car accident occurred on Interstate 71 in Ohio near the US 36/37 exit. The accident involved three vehicles and caused the interstate to be closed for many hours. While alcohol is not believed to have been a cause of this Ohio car accident, troopers did say that charges are pending against the at-fault driver.
There are a number of special laws and regulations on the books to protect children who ride our state's school buses. Flashing lights, stop gates and mandatory traffic halts all help to ensure the safety of Ohio's children. Despite these safety measures, buses are still occasionally involved in traffic accidents.
Police have a duty to protect and serve -- it goes without saying that this means their actions should never endanger the public. However, this is often an issue when it comes to high-speed chases. Police officers often initiate high-speed chases in an attempt to apprehend suspects; however, these chases sometimes end in tragedy. Suspects often drive recklessly, striking other vehicles, damaging property and injuring innocent parties.
When it comes to car accidents, few are more dangerous - and deadly - than head-on collisions. When a driver fails to keep his or her lane and moves into oncoming traffic, the results are often catastrophic. The momentum of both cars causes an impact of tremendous power, often causing severe injuries to everyone involved.
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.
When a truck driver gets behind the wheel of a semi-trailer, they take on the responsibility to drive safely and carefully. This responsibility is intended to protect the other drivers on the road; all too often, when it is broken, drivers of smaller vehicles must pay the price. A recent case, however, shows that other truckers are just as at-risk in a tractor-trailer accident.