Times have changed in recent years with so many drivers looking at their phones. Texting and driving is a huge issue, and even as it’s illegal, the problem persists. The number one cause of car accidents involve distracted motorists that divert their attention from the road. Drivers may talking on a phone, sending a text message, adjusting the radio or eating food. Any distraction for a few seconds can be the difference between a safe trip and an accident. Gathering all cell phone information is a part of every case and could reveal other liable parties. Distracted drivers combined with a roadway design defect is a very dangerous situation for others on the road.
Whether a simple mind lapse that results in a driving mistake, or ignoring a traffic law, driver error is a leading cause of road accidents. Common driver errors are failing to signal a turn, drifting into a different lane, cutting off drivers, ignoring road signs, following too close, speeding, and failing to stop at signals.
During the investigation, its important to find out why they driver made the mistake. Drivor error is almost always explained by another course of conduct including potentially, poor roadway design.
Drivers under the influence of alcohol cause many car accidents every day. Almost a third (30 percent) of fatal car accidents in the U.S. are alcohol-related. Also, drug-related accidents are common. Even as states crack down on drunk driving, the number of drivers who drink and drive still present a problem. Victims of drunk driving accidents should also investigate any bars where the driver was served for potential Dram Shop Claims as well as possible roadway design that may have made avoiding the drunk driver possible.
Young drivers and teenagers lack road experience and pose a serious risk. Teen drivers cause many car accidents, and drivers aged 16-20 kill nearly 8,000 people each year. Driver training and support is integral to creating a safer atmosphere on Ohio roads. The investigation should look into roadyway design as teens with less experience may be more at risk from the poor design.
It’s not only truck drivers that drive while extremely tired. There are a lot of drivers on the road that have sleep disorders, or have a changing work schedule that inhibits their driving ability. Many drivers on the road in Ohio are often too tired to properly operate their vehicle. They make poor driving decisions and create dangerous situations. However, the investigation should also look into poor roadway design that may have contributed to the accident.
Work zones are very dangerous for both workers and drivers. Many work zones are poorly marked, poorly manned, and uneven pavement can easily cause an accident. Many road construction contractors fail to provide a safe driving environment, and any road work accident can be investigated following a collision.
Many roads are only as safe the drivers and traffic flow. When drivers fail to yield to cars or trucks, a collision can occur, leading to serious injury. All drivers must pay attention to all signage and yield to traffic, particularly on highway ramps. Failure to yield cases could reveal poor signage and roadway design case.
Rideshare companies have produced a great deal of drivers who may be in a hurry to pick up fares, and can be overworked as well. Uber accidents and Lyft accidents are more and more common. Victims of rideshare and taxi accidents may have good accident claims against negligent drivers. However, the liability for monitoring drivers is still unknown due to the new working arrangment and there may be limited insurance coverage. There may also be a claim for poor roadway design.
With more distracted drivers come more pedestrian accidents. Pedestrians have a right to cross the street, and yet this has become a hazardous exercise. Crosswalk accidents and School Zone accidents can be severely dangerous and deadly. These cases could also involve a faulty roadway design on the proper signage.
Ohio Cyclists have a right to share all roads except for freeways, but many drivers do not respect bicycles on the road. Cycling accidents should be investigated, as many motorists are guilty of aggressive driving around bicycles. However, there may be vision restrictions or lack of signage that could give way to roadway design issues.
Survivors of deceased motorists and passengers in Ohio may be able to file a claim against the city, municipality any private company responsible for the dangerous roadway.
Compensation includes incurred medical expenses, pain and suffering, and wrongful death damages related to the loss of their loved one.
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(Brown County, Kentucky): The case involved a driver texting and driving when he crossed the median, killing a father of four. The case was resolved once discovery confirmed the cell phone records proved the texting-related incident. The settlement will pay for the surviving childrens’ education. The driver was likely facing additional criminal charges at the time of the settlement.
(Hebron, Ohio): Joe Lyon was lead counsel in a confidential settlement of a wrongful death case involving a recreational camper. The case involved a dealership that sold the vehicle for use on a towing vehicle that was not within specification and not heavy enough to provide a safe tow. The case was originally rejected by another law firm, but through research and diligence the case theory became apparent.