Last fall, as thousands of Ohio State students prepared for their first day of class, one young woman who had planned to start her freshman year instead lay in a hospital bed. The young woman was involved in a serious pedestrian and car accident days before classes were scheduled to start when she was hit by a car while walking.
Everyone knows that car accidents can cause serious injuries. However, most people would assume that the injuries happen upon the initial impact and not afterward. That was not the case for a recent Ohio crash that left a man in critical condition.
An 82-year-old Ohio man was seriously injured after a semi truck driver, who had apparently ingested methamphetamine and marijuana, ran a red light and crashed his vehicle into the 82-year-old's pickup. The man who was injured in the truck accident was taken to a local hospital but was later transported by helicopter to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. Reportedly, the elderly man was still in the hospital's intensive care unit on Wednesday, but he was said to be in stable condition.
People injured through the fault of another, such as a personal injury case, often must retain a lawyer and see that a lawsuit is filed on their behalf so that their rights are protected. If you are seriously injured by a negligent driver in a truck crash or car accident, or due to substandard medical care, you may need to take your case to court if the insurance company either denies responsibility, or is not willing to be fair in the settlement process. Once a claim is made, or especially when a case is filed, your health and medical history becomes "fair game" for the insurance company or defense lawyers to investigate.
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.
Car accidents occur so frequently that many Columbis residents think they are unavoidable. More than 30,000 people lose their lives each year as a result of motor vehicle accidents. But according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the lives of 75,000 people were saved between 2004 and 2008 by wearing seat belts. While seat belts do help make driving safer, they do not prevent serious injury at the hands of another driver. This was highlighted recently after a car flipped over and crushed an oncoming vehicle in Ohio, seriously injuring the woman driving.