A car accident occurred east of Franklin County in Coshocton on Nov. 11, when a 17-year-old girl lost control of her Jeep Liberty. She ran off County Road 3 and then swerved back onto the road and collided with a Dodge Dakota. Its 91-year-old driver was flown to The Ohio State University Medical Center. According to their addresses on the police report, the two drivers involved in the car accident live near one another on the same road.
As readers of this blog are likely well aware, every motorist has a legal responsibility to drive safely. A failure to do this may not only lead to a loss of driving privileges, but it may also cause serious or even fatal injuries. Unfortunately, that was the case with a recent car accident that took place in Franklin Township.
After three days of hearing, a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration panel in Columbus, Ohio has found Merrill Lynch and its broker, Robert Rosen, jointly and severally liable to two elderly clients from Athens, Ohio, and ordered Merrill Lynch and its broker to pay $291,624 in compensatory damages. The claim asserted various causes of action including breach of fiduciary duty, negligence, breach of contract, fraud and the violation of Ohio Securities Laws. The gist of the claim was that Merrill Lynch and its broker, Robert Rosen, concentrated the Claimants investments in equities when, based on the Claimants age, health and position in life, they should have been in less risky investments such as bonds and cash. The Claimants were represented by Tim Van Eman from the law firm of Lamkin, Van Eman, Trimble & Dougherty, LLC, of Columbus, Ohio. (FINRA# 09-04362; Barbara B. Agranoff and Abby Lavelle, as Attorney in Fact for Barbara B. Agranoff, Individually and as Trustee and on behalf of her IRA and Joseph H. Agranoff, Individually and as Trustee on behalf of his IRA v. Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, Incorporated and Robert M. Rosen).
A faulty electrical system is believed to be the cause of a fatal mobile home fire that claimed the lives of three children of an Ohio family represented by Tim Van Eman of Lamkin, Van Eman, Trimble & Dougherty, LLC. The family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the mobile home park's owner, alleging that as a landlord, he was required under Ohio law to provide the mobile home in a safe condition to his tenants. The family alleged that the mobile home that was rented to them had multiple electrical defects, which ultimately led to a fire in the early morning hours of March 21, 2009.
Columbus readers may be interested in the story of a car accident involving three vehicles that collided at 9:30 a.m. on Nov. 2 in southeastern Ohio. A 60-year-old woman had reportedly stopped in the southbound lane of Ohio 60 to make a left-hand turn. Her Chevy Cavalier was rear-ended by a Dodge Intrepid, which was driven by a man from Lowell. The collision pushed the woman's vehicle into the northbound lane, where it struck a Pontiac Grand Prix. The 60-year-old woman and her 37-year-old passenger were both seriously injured and were air-lifted to different hospitals in Ohio and West Virginia, respectively.
Usually, when road construction is taking place, Ohio drivers see flashing lights, barricades, and signage to let them know they should slow down and remain alert. All drivers have a responsibility not to endanger others on the road. Unfortunately, not everyone follows the rules, and reckless or negligent drivers fail to pay attention, causing car accidents that too often result in personal injury and property damage.
The failure to use reasonable care in driving a motor vehicle is the cause of a great many motor vehicle accidents in Columbus. Every time an individual gets behind the wheel of a car or other vehicle, the driver owes a duty to others in or near the roadway to take proper care in the operation of the vehicle. A violation of that duty can be as simple as a momentary distraction, such as looking away to change a radio station or to search for something in the glove compartment. Nevertheless, when someone is seriously injured, that negligence often forms the basis for a personal injury or wrongful death action seeking to recover monetary damages for injuries and pain and suffering occasioned by the negligent action.