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Welcome to the Nager, Romaine & Schneiberg, Co. blog!  We look forward to sharing our knowledge with you in our upcoming posts. We are an state wide law practice with officesin Cleveland, OH, Ashtabula, Ohio and Columbus, Ohio.   We have a staff of more than 25 paralegals and legal assistants and 12 full time attorneys who focus on the following legal concerns:

We believe that an informed client is an empowered client, so on this blog we will bring you the latest information on popular topics. These will include personal injury, workers’ comp, car accidents, medical malpractice, insurance coverage, mass tort/class actions, nursing home neglect and abuse, and other trending topics.

It has commonly been said that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and this adage should be remembered when engaging in any sort of driving. Engineers at Oregon State University have found that many accidents can be prevented at controlled intersections by adhering to a few simple rules.

Yellow lights and the dilemma zone

The Oregon State University study of car accidents focused on intersections controlled by stoplights. According to the researchers, more than 2,000 deaths occur at these intersections annually, and most of them can be attributed to decisions made in what is known as the dilemma zone.

The dilemma zone is defined as the area on the approach to the intersection while the stoplight is yellow. One of the dangerous aspects about deciding to go through an intersection while in the dilemma zone is that the duration of yellow lights is not standardized.

Making decisions in the dilemma zone

According to surveys, only 50 percent of drivers understand that the average duration of yellow lights is from three to six seconds. In addition, David Hurwitz, Ph.D., one of the professors who conducted the OSU study, states that humans are inherently bad at judging speed and distance, which makes for a deadly combination in the dilemma zone.

In order to avoid accidents at intersections, it helps to pay attention to the other cars around you, but you should never go through an intersection just because the car in front of you does. As a rule of thumb, if one or more cars have already gone through the yellow light ahead of you, then you should stop. However, this rule must be tempered by the situation of the driver directly behind you. If that car does not appear to be slowing, a sudden stop may result in a rear-end collision.

Owning a safe vehicle is a top priority for most parents and other individuals. In fact, more than 65 percent of consumers value safety over quality, price and performance. Each year, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) completes independent crash tests and analyzes the safety of the year's most popular models. This year, auto manufacturers have introduced a variety of active safety features that could help prevent accidents. New safety features include lane-departure warnings, active headlights, blind-spot monitors, and collision avoidance systems that automatically activate the brakes when a pedestrian or vehicle is in the roadway.

In Ohio and across the nation, automobile accidents are at an all-time low, but there is still a significant risk of being involved in a fatal crash. For individuals between ages 3 and 34, vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, more than 32,000 people died due to vehicle-related injuries in 2010. This means that one fatal auto accident occurs every 16 seconds. Plus, whiplash and minor injuries occur more frequently. Medical care and economic losses due to lost wages cost the nation more than $99 billion each year.

In 2012, a record-breaking number of vehicles earned the IIHS "Top Safety Pick." This list includes 69 sedans, 38 SUVs, and three pickup trucks. These vehicles were graded on their ability to withstand front-end crashes, side-impact crashes, rollovers and rear-end crashes. Here are a few popular vehicles that made the cut:

While advanced safety features aren't a substitute for attentive driving, they can help reduce the number of fatal crashes or help drivers avoid collisions completely. Dangerous vehicles and inattentive drivers cause debilitating injuries. If you've been involved in an auto accident and didn't recover the compensation you deserve, contact a local Ohio personal injury attorney today.

- See more at: https://nrsinjurylaw.com/blog/the-safest-cars-of-2012/#sthash.AXQ2dpM3.dpuf

The types of injuries that can be caused by a car accident are limited only by the number of ways a person can be injured. Every part of your body is subject to injury during a car crash. However, if you look at the statistics compiled from insurance claims, personal injury lawsuits and government agencies, then you will notice that some injuries occur more often than others do. The following are the five most common types of injuries that result from automobile accidents.

Spinal injuries

Spinal injuries are sometimes referred to as either neck or back injuries, but the neck and back can suffer from sprains and other forms of trauma that have nothing to do with the spine. Spinal injuries are very serious and can occur in even minor collisions. Spinal injuries include ruptured discs, nerve damage, and fractures. The most serious of these injuries may cause chronic pain or paralysis.

Neck injuries

Besides spinal injuries, the neck can become injured in other ways. One of the most common neck injuries is known as whiplash. This occurs when the head is violently snapped back and then forward again. Whiplash and neck strains are considered mild injuries, but they can cause temporary disability.

Back injuries

The back can be injured in a car accident in several ways, but the injuries are not always apparent on the scene. Some back injuries may not manifest until several hours or a few days later. After any motor vehicle accident, it is a good idea to be checked out by a doctor or EMT.

Facial injuries

Injuries to the face during car accidents are common because the face is totally exposed and easily traumatized. Facial injuries range from minor scrapes or bruises to severe disfigurement.

Psychological injuries

Car accidents do cause physical injuries as well as psychological injuries. Serious collisions may leave drivers and passengers emotionally distressed and in shock, or they may suffer from long-term conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PSTD).

As of August 30, drivers in Ohio will be banned from texting or using other electronic devices while driving. It is already illegal in Ohio to use a cell phone while driving without a hands-free device, so the passing of this new legislation should come as no surprise to Ohio residents.

Distracted driving is when the driver is not giving their full attention to the task of driving. Distractions can cause the driver to weave within the lane, drift out of the lane entirely, and not see potentially dangerous conditions that could cause an accident (i.e., pedestrians, stop signs). According to Ohio State Police statistics, there were 31,231 accidents between 2009 and 2011 involving distracted drivers.

Similar to the seatbelt law, Ohio has deemed the distracted driving law a secondary offense for adults. This means that an officer must observe a driver violating other vehicle and traffic laws in order to stop them. However, also like the seatbelt law, some municipalities are making the distracted driving law a primary offense, meaning an officer can stop a driver if the officer observes them texting or using an electronic device. Observation of no other traffic violation is necessary. For drivers under 18, texting and driving is a primary offense throughout Ohio.

Momentary distractions can have lasting consequences

A common statement made at accident scenes involving distracted drivers is, “I only took my eyes off the road for a second.” A second is all it takes to change someone’s life forever. This new legislation will afford more rights to victims of distracted drivers in Ohio. Victims will now be able to rely on evidence that the driver was texting or using another electronic device while driving, which lead to the collision. This will force more distracted drivers to be held accountable for their hazardous driving.

Motor vehicle accidents can happen to anyone. Drunk or distracted drivers are frequently responsible for mayhem on the streets. But when celebrities have collisions, it’s usually front-page news.

While it might be entertaining to hear about celebrities who wreck their cars, it’s no fun to be in an accident. If you’ve been hit and hurt by a famous person or a civilian, contact us. We’ll help you get the compensation you deserve.

- See more at: https://nrsinjurylaw.com/blog/you%e2%80%99re-not-alone-these-famous-celebs-have-found-themselves-in-similar-situations/#sthash.K9WeYo6X.dpuf

An on-the-job injury due to a car accident often goes beyond the standard, but already complex workers comp process. You have to demonstrate that using the motor vehicle of your accident is squarely within the realm of conducting business for your employer before you can establish that your injury is work-related.

Tough legal road to haul

Workers’ compensation is a collection of statutes based upon legislation that formulates administrative directives. To meet the workers’ comp statutory standard, you must be engaged in an activity that is consistent with your employer’s business in order for your car accident injury to be considered a workers’ compensation matter.  This means your car accident must be in "the course of and arising out of" your employment.

The courts look at these three factors in deciding whether your car accident injury qualifies for workers’ compensation:

Some car accident cases fall squarely within the statutory framework. For example, a highway construction worker in a company truck hauling water to a worksite. Less clear is an employee transporting office mail to the post office in a personal vehicle on the way to lunch.

Third-party claim

If you were injured in a work-related car accident that was caused by a driver in a separate vehicle, you may be able to file an Ohio personal injury lawsuit, pursuant to Ohio Revised Codes §2305.10 in addition to your workers’ compensation claim.

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation is a statutory sugrogee, which means that benefits paid by workers’ compensation are deducted from any damages award that results from your personal injury case.

The Ohio General Assembly passed legislation (HB 278) that will increase the statutory minimum financial responsibility limits for auto insurance.

The Ohio Association for Justice was the lead advocate for the legislation.  Joining OAJ in support was the Ohio Insurance Institute (the property-casualty insurance trade group) and the Ohio State Bar Association.

The current minimums of $12,500 for one person injured in an accident, $25,000 for all persons, and $7,500 for property damage will increase to $25,000/$50,000/$25,000 under the new law.  The increase in Ohio's minimum auto insurance coverage is the first since the 1960s and brings Ohio in line with a majority of states.  The increase is expected to cost the average consumer an additional $2-$3 in premium per month.

The attorneys at Nager, Romaine & Schneiberg applaud the efforts of those who have championed this cause as the existing state minimum coverage falls far short of covering the damages caused by even minor motor vehicle accidents.

The increase will take effect nine months after the bill becomes law.

Much has been written about the dangers of contact sports and the effects that physical injuries sustained in our youth can have on our bodies for a lifetime.  Most adults do not need to read the medical literature to know about these risks. They need only listen to their creaky knees, sore/stiff shoulders and elbows or chronic back pain. These are the adult manifestations of physical injuries sustained in those glory days.  But perhaps the greatest impact for some may be caused by undetectable injuries with great psychological impact from repetitive head trauma that is common place in contact sports. Concussions.  "Getting your bell rung" or "knocked silly" on the field of battle is a right of passage in football, hockey, wrestling, and boxing. But concussions can occur in many other sports and activities - skiing, skate boarding, biking, and cheerleading for example.

Recent studies have discovered a condition (chronic traumatic encephalopathy CTE) that is as real as the rush any athlete feels from competing in a sport that he/she loves. Scientists are just discovering the cause(s) and effect(s) of this condition but the initial evidence is compelling and disconcerting. The post mortem study of  brain tissue from individuals that competed in contact sports have shown real damage to cell tissue which cannot presently be diagnosed in living tissue and cannot be explained by any other disease process. CTE is suspected to lead to depression and compromised brain function and the scientists who are studying this condition believe that the link to repetitive head trauma is undeniable.

Experts warn that this condition is not limited to collegiate or professional athletes but that evidence of the condition (CTE) has also been found in the brain tissue of teens. One problem thought to lead to CTE is the manner in which injured players are treated - or not treated post injury. Unlike detectable physical injuries (i.e., a fractured bone, a laceration requiring stitches or a torn ligament), brain injuries are diagnosed by subjective standards and not objective testing (i.e., xray, MRI, CT Scan). As a result, athletes are often sent back into competition before their brain has had a chance to heal. It is not known how much this plays into the development of CTE but it is believed to be a factor. We know that an athlete would never be allowed to return to a game after fracturing a bone until the injury was given the appropriate time to mend.

Protocols for head trauma are being reconsidered. Safety equipment and rules are being discussed in an attempt to limit head trauma. In the meantime, head trauma is a part of many sports and cannot be eliminated. The point of this blog article is to bring further awareness to this problem and to urge parents, players and coaches to take these injuries more seriously.

At NR&S we represent hundreds of clients each year who sustain concussions or head trauma in auto accidents and work place injuries. We are staying on top of the science in this area to best represent our client's interests.

If you'd like to learn more about the science of CTE, take a look at this video report or pick up a copy of Rolling Stone (January 31, 2013 edition) which has an excellent article on the subject.

Car accidents often happen suddenly and without warning. You may not even realize that driving is the most dangerous activity you engage in on a daily basis. While there are many traffic rules and regulations to protect drivers and passengers, auto collisions are fairly common, and many of them are caused by driver negligence, recklessness and distraction. In fact, with the advent of cell phones and texting, distracted driving is one of the leading causes of car accidents.

Check out some crash statistics from the Ohio Department of Public Safety for 2011 below — and be careful out there.

When a car accident causes you or someone you love injury, you may be able to obtain just compensation for your damages with the help of a skilled attorney. Contact one right away.

Almost everyone will get in at least one car accident in his or her lifetime. However, what you may not realize is that not all car accidents are caused by other drivers. Cars are complicated pieces of machinery, and if a single component fails to work properly, it can endanger the lives of everyone on the road.

Listed below are common automotive defects that can cause injury and death:

When a car accident causes injury to you or someone you love, you have the right to file a lawsuit for compensation. An experienced personal injury attorney can provide skilled advocacy to anyone who suffers harm in a car accident in Ohio.

Car accidents can be terrifying — in the flash of a moment you may find yourself in a collision and surrounded by broken glass and smoke. Needless to say, it might be hard to focus on what steps you should take next. But following the steps listed below is a start.

  1. Ensure your safety: If possible, move your car and passengers to a safe place away from the flow of traffic.
  2. Seek medical attention: Remain calm and focus on getting medical attention for yourself and your passengers if necessary. Regardless of how minor your injuries appear to be, make sure you visit a doctor.
  3. Collect witness information: Did anyone see or hear the accident? If so, be sure to collect the names and contact information of any witnesses. If law enforcement was involved, you should also obtain a copy of the police report.
  4. Photograph the scene: Using a camera or cell phone camera, you should take photographs of the scene of the accident. Make sure you snap shots of your car, the other driver's car and any other factors that may have contributed to the crash such as poor signage or road conditions.
  5. Contact an attorney: Second to seeing a doctor, contacting an experienced lawyer is the most important step you can take when you are in an accident caused by a negligent or reckless driver or other condition.

Suffering an injury in an auto accident can be a traumatic experience. An experienced personal injury attorney can stand by your side and help you recover.

The State of Ohio has enacted a new law designed to educate the public and protect children who sustain head injuries while competing in youth sports.  The new law will go into effect April 26, 2013 and it specifies that coaches, officials, and referees must complete a 20 minute course every three years designed to assist in the recognition and treatment of concussions sustained by student athletes.  The new law also requires the State of Ohio, Department of Health to create a Concussion Informational Sheet which has been completed.   A copy of this data sheet can be viewed at http://www.oysan.org/Assets/Concussion+2013/Concussion+Info+Sheet.pdf.  Most importantly, Ohio House Bill 143 requires that a player who sustains a concussion must have written permission from a health care provider before the student athlete can return to play.

Much has been learned about concussions in recent years by the medical community.  Much still remains unknown.  By the enactment of  HB 143, the State of Ohio has taken a proactive approach which we at NR&S applaud.

In the wake of the tragic accident in Warren, Ohio that killed six teenagers, the focus has turned to teen driver safety. Unfortunately, the news may not be good. A recent study showed that, despite a drop in recent years, auto accident deaths for 16- and 17-year-old drivers during the first six months of 2012 were up 19 percent compared to the same time period in 2011.

The Governors Highway Safety Association looked at preliminary data provided by all 50 states and the District of Columbia for the first six months of 2012. Here is what the GHSA found:

The GHSA concluded that this increase was “a signal that renewed efforts are needed.” The group recommended that resources be used on measures that already are working or can be shown to reduce deaths. It noted that graduated driver licensing has contributed to the drop in deaths that had occurred up to 2010 but that the trend to make upgrades in those procedures has dropped. Also, upgrades in drivers education have been introduced in some states but need to be made in more states.

If you’ve recently been involved in a car accident, you want just compensation so you can move on with your life as quickly as possible. What you may not know is that there are certain things you can do that may damage your ability to obtain the reimbursement you need to recover.

Listed below are common mistakes that can jeopardize your automobile accident case:

One moment you on your way to work or home and the next you’re in the hospital. How did this happen? Car accidents occur for many reasons. But when negligence is to blame, you have a right to file a lawsuit to collect just compensation.

Following is a list of some of the most common causes of car accidents:

You have probably seen your share of auto accidents, and chances are you’ve been in at least one. But how frequently do collisions occur? Provided by the Ohio Department of Transportation, below are statistics for auto accidents in the State of Ohio for the year 2011:

The statistics for car accidents in Ohio are staggering. If you or a loved one is injured in any type of auto collision, seek immediate medical help. Then contact a reputable injury lawyer.

Some car accidents are caused by road defects, rain, fog and snow, while others are the result of negligence. Many variables ultimately determine the severity of a crash, including the speed of the vehicles about to collide, the direction the vehicles are traveling prior to making contact and whether vehicle occupants are wearing seatbelts. While most of the time rear-end collisions are minor accidents, serious injuries can happen in any kind of auto wreck.

Following is a list of some of the most serious types of car crashes:

If you’re like most people, then being in a car accident is one of the most traumatic experiences you’ve had in your life. Yet whether you have been in several accidents or none at all, you have probably heard many so-called facts about auto wrecks.

Below are some of the top myths about car accidents that you need to be aware of:

  1. You automatically receive compensation: Being involved in a car accident does not mean that you automatically receive compensation. If you are less than 50 percent at fault for the accident, you may receive a settlement offer. But beware, insurers always offer motorists the lowest possible amount of compensation first. Additionally, if you are more than 50 percent at fault, that you are barred from recovering damages.
  2. You can’t afford a lawyer: Don’t be misled into believing that you cannot afford an attorney — experienced injury lawyers operate on a contingency fee basis. Thus, your lawyer only gets paid if you obtain a settlement.
  3. You can file a lawsuit any time: False. In fact, you only have two years from the time of your personal injury to file a lawsuit.
  4. Your case will go to trial: Many people are terrified of the prospect of going to court. The truth of the matter, though, is that the majority of accident cases never make it to court. In most situations, no one really wants to go to court — everyone wants to resolve the matter as quickly and as cost-effectively as possible, and in some cases, going to court is too expensive and time consuming for the opposition. However, it is important for you to realize that every case is different.

If you are in an accident, seek help from a lawyer before you do anything else.

You’ve just been in a car accident. You don’t know what happened, you just know that you’ve suffered serious injuries and need help. One of the wisest decisions you can make is to speak with a knowledgeable attorney. While you can file a claim on your own, you can significantly increase your likelihood of receiving rightful compensation by hiring an experienced car accident lawyer. Below are some of the advantages of retaining the services of a competent injury attorney:

Truthfully, auto accidents can happen on any stretch of road. Yet there are certain roads and highways that have developed a reputation for being especially hazardous. Following are some of the most dangerous roads in Ohio:

If you believe that negligence is to blame for your auto accident, you deserve just compensation. To get competent legal help immediately, speak to a skilled injury lawyer today.

Our firm vigorously represents clients injured by distracted drivers in Cleveland. In March of this year, the ban on texting in Ohio took effect and will hopefully go some way to reducing death by mobile electronic device. But what about distraction from devices that come with the car?

In June, the Automobile Association of America (AAA) released an in-depth study on cognitive distraction while driving. One purpose of the study was to test the common belief that hands-free devices are a safe option while driving. The study resoundingly found that driving hands free is not risk free.

Consider these points noted by the study:

While the automobile industry scrambles to develop more sophisticated in-cab information and entertainment devices for drivers, this research shows cars cannot be safely operated with the devices and in-vehicle services we already have.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates more than 3,000 people were killed in distracted driving accidents in 2011, with another 387,000 people injured. This study poses a provocative question about designing ourselves to death. Can distracted drivers be turned back? Time will tell.

Our law firm vigorously pursues compensation on behalf of clients injured by drunk drivers. While a driver operating a vehicle under the influence (OVI) is penalized by an administrative and criminal action, those consequences do not begin to address the pain, injury and death experienced by those hit by a drunk driver. One of the legal measures of a drunk driver is their blood alcohol content (BAC) and in May, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) voted to recommend lowering the legal BAC from .08 percent to .05 percent. We think that is good news.

The damage done by OVI drivers in Ohio is clear. According to the Ohio Department of Public Safety, there were more than 12,000 crashes, 7,574 injuries and 369 deaths related to alcohol in 2011. The NTSB hopes to lower or eliminate those numbers by recommending to each state legislature that they lower their legal BAC to .05 percent.

With a mandate to reduce alcohol impaired crashes to zero, NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman noted [t]he research clearly shows that drivers with a BAC above 0.05 are impaired and at a significantly greater risk of being involved in a crash where someone is killed or injured.

Along with a recommendation to reduce the BAC, the NTSB offered suggestions including:

Cognitive and physical impairment can begin with the first drink. Any step that reduces death and injury should be considered when so many lives are tragically lost to impaired driving. If injured by a drunk driver in Cleveland, speak with an attorney at our firm, we can help.

The trucking industry provides valuable service in this country, moving goods from shore to shore. Along the way, accidents occur. Because of the size and speed of a tractor trailer, collisions between a truck and a car often result in catastrophic injury or death.

In Ohio alone, there were 9,319 truck crashes in 2011. Of those, 5,514 were caused by truck drivers. While many factors contribute to driver error, fatigue directly impacts road awareness, physical agility, reaction time and decision making ability.

Recently the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) made rule changes to try and reduce mistakes made by tired truck drivers. While the effective date of those changes passed in 2012, the final compliance date is July 1 of this year.

Points about the new hours of service (HOS) rule change include the following:

Sharing a road with a semi-truck can make any driver nervous. Hopefully these rule changes will provide some confidence that the truck operator in the vehicle next to you is not asleep at the wheel.

If involved in a car, or truck accident, always seek experienced legal advice.

In the past, safety was not one of the top criteria people considered when shopping for a new car, and hearing safety news about your car might have come by accident. In order to provide consumers with information they need, when they need it, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released an app to provide timely, topical information about the car you drive.

The Safer Car app released by NHTSA in March of this year is available free from iTunes. Currently released for the iPhone and iPod Touch, an Android compatible version of the app is under development.

At the same time of the launch of the Safer Car app, NHTSA released an Application Programming Interface (API) to enable developers to integrate data available on the app into other products and mobile services.

Intended to connect consumers and drivers with information important to them, the Safer Car app provides the following:

Staying safe begins with the equipment you drive. Keep your car maintained and keep abreast of news about your car with the Safer Car app. And if you are injured in a car accident in Cleveland, always seek experienced legal advice.

In May, 11-year-old Cleveland resident Jeffrey Hussey, Jr. went down the street to ride bikes with a friend. Minutes later he rode out into the street and into a sports utility vehicle, smashing the driver side window and door. The injury sent him to the hospital near death with a cracked skull and a badly bruised brain. The fifth grader was not wearing a helmet.

In summer and every season of the year, there is always a temptation to ride a bike or a motorcycle without a properly fitted helmet. Excuses come in the form of it takes too long, it is uncomfortable, I cannot see right. But there are no excuses for not wearing a simply formed piece of foam, rubber and plastic that can save your life.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 16 percent of pedalcyclists injured in vehicle accidents were age 14 or younger. Take note of these tips to keep your child safe on their bicycle:

Wearing a helmet when riding a motorcycle, bicycle or even a horse can make the difference between life and death. Stay safe and if you or a loved one is injured, get good legal help.

Jeffrey Hussey Jr. is making a strong recovery. His mother told reporters, if we can at least get to one child and have them wear a helmet, it's going to make the world of difference.

October, November and December are the most likely months for Ohio Motorists to encounter a deer on the roadway. Unfortunately, many deer strikes leave the motorist injured, with property damage and no insurance coverage. The only coverage that may help when you strike a deer is comprehensive/collision (to repair your automobile - less your deductible) and medical payments which can pay medical bills, co-pays and deductibles not covered by private health insurance.

Deer strikes can cause serious injuries so aside from the out of pocket costs of striking a deer, Ohio motorists are smart to follow a few rules to help reduce your chance of striking a deer on the roadway or sustaining injuries when encountering an animal in the roadway.

- Be aware of your surroundings and drive defensively at all times;

- pay attention to signs warning of the presence of deer in an area;

- pay particular attention around sunset and sunrise;

- do not overreact if you encounter a deer (or other animal) in the roadway. Often times motorists swerve out of their lane and are seriously injured by colliding with other vehicles, trees, buildings, etc. It is often the best course of action to brake hard, sound your horn with multiple short blasts and stay in your lane even if that means hitting the animal; and

- if you hit an animal on the roadway, be cautious about approoaching the animal after the collision. Often times motorists want to check a deer or other animal on the roadway if they strike it, that is human nature. But a wounded animal is a dangerous animal and if you are on the roadway you are at risk of being hit by another motorist. It is best to pull your vehicle safely off the road and call for help if you need it.

Below is a link to an article discussing the frequency of deer strikes state by state and some interesting facts about the costs of deer strikes from the insurance industry. Be careful on the roadways this Fall.


Distracted driving is on the road and in the news. As agencies and law enforcement work to get the word out, researchers examine why and how distracted driving is so dangerous.

In 2012, Ohio enacted a ban on the use of hand-held devices to text while driving. For drivers under 18, use of all electronic wireless devices is prohibited while operating a vehicle. But did this ban go far enough? Recent studies say no.

In an earlier blog, we talked about a study from the Automobile Association of America (AAA) Foundation that identified types of cognitive distractions and measured their effects on the driving task. A basic finding of that study was voice-to-text devices do not enhance driver safety, but impact driver performance in a negative way.

A different study from Texas A&M Transportation Institute also examined voice-to-text messaging and found the following:

There is a collision up ahead as safety advocates urge automakers not to provide on-board communicating capabilities to drivers who should have the road in their eyes and on their mind.

Distracted driving is dangerous, and these studies are not the last word. If you or a loved one has been injured by a negligent driver, speak with an experienced attorney from our firm.

As a popular science teacher and cross country coach, Robert Lennon was a fixture at St. Francis DeSales High School where he taught and coached for 40 years. The 64-year-old Columbus man volunteered at foot and other races throughout central Ohio and was well-appreciated throughout the community.

An avid cyclist, Mr. Lennon was riding along Miller Paul Road in Delaware on Sunday, September 15th when he was struck by a driver who left the scene. Mr. Lennon died in a roadside ditch, discovered by passing cyclists approximately an hour after the accident, his bicycle almost broken in two.

According to the Ohio Department of Public Safety, there were 1,760 crashes involving bicycles in 2011, resulting in 16 deaths. Pedalcyclist fatalities rose nine percent between 2011 and 2012, according to report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). However, statistics do not tell the story of the grief and damage caused when bicyclists and automobiles collide.

Elements that contribute to bicyclist fatalities vary based on:

Mr. Lennon was riding on a sunny day and might have been stopped in the bicycle lane. Days after the accident, a woman was questioned about the incident. She first said she hit a deer, but later admitted she hit a person along Miller Paul Road. Her severely damaged car was impounded and charges are pending.

Bicyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians are all at increased risk due to their lack of protection in traffic. Wear bright clothes, stay alert and try to stay alive. If you are injured through the negligence of others, talk to an attorney from our law firm.

Summer is long gone and winter is on the way. Too soon rain and snow will turn dry pavement dangerous and lead to the possibility of fender benders — or worse — on slippery roads.

As temperatures cool, consider these tips for staying safe on Ohio roads this winter:

Our firm represents clients and their families injured in automobile and other accidents. The best way to handle an accident is to keep it from happening in the first place. Drive safe and, if you have been injured through the negligence of others, get good legal advice.

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