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Wrongful death: Ohio crash claims life, injures others

No one's safety is guaranteed when traveling on the road. Even safe drivers can become victims of accidents caused by other people. In far too many cases, these accidents have fatal outcomes that can leave surviving loved ones searching for answers and, possibly, recompense through wrongful death claims.

It was recently reported that one crash in Ohio had fatal results. Apparently, the driver of an SUV was trying to merge onto a highway when that driver lost control of the vehicle. As a result, the SUV traveled across four lanes of traffic and was hit by a minivan. The collision caused the minivan to overturn, and it was then hit by a car. The incident occurred around 7 a.m.

Appeals help denied claims but not if companies act in bad faith

Having insurance can seem like a blessing and a curse to many Ohio residents. They may appreciate that part or all of their medical bills are paid when needed, but they may not appreciate having high premiums and deductibles. They may also be less than appreciative when an insurance company acts in bad faith and unnecessarily denies a claim.

If a person files an insurance claim and it comes back denied, it can spur a number of emotions. The individual may wonder why it was denied, what he or she will do without the coverage and whether there are options for reviewing the claim. In many cases, individuals can appeal a denied claim, and often, appeals can be successful for the claimant.

Wrong-way accidents can cause life-threatening injuries

No one wants to be traveling a roadway and suddenly see headlights coming from the wrong direction. Wrong-way accidents are not an uncommon occurrence, and they often lead to head-on collisions. Unfortunately, this type of crash can also result in those involved suffering serious injuries.

It was recently reported that a multi-vehicle crash in Ohio caused harm to several people. The incident occurred on Interstate 74 at approximately 2:30 a.m. Apparently, a 46-year-old man was driving east in the westbound lanes of the road and crashed into a vehicle driven by a 24-year-old man. The vehicle that was hit was also carrying two adult passengers and two children. The wrong-way vehicle eventually came to a stop but was hit by at least two more vehicles.

What is a driving distraction?

If you ask people what a driving distraction looks like, they're quick to name specific examples. They may mention something like texting and driving, for instance, one of the most common issues. They may mention parents getting distracted by having children in the car. They'll probably bring up things like gawking at other car accidents and causing more accidents as a result.

These are all fine answers, and they show you just how dangerous distracted driving can be. And yes, even the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration notes that texting and driving is the most common issue that drivers face. That goes for teens and adult drivers alike.

Plastic in hamburger buns could lead to product liability claims

Because most people do not have the time, skills or means to make everything they need in life, they purchase items from stores. While the majority of products are useful and safe, there are instances in which issues with a particular product could pose serious risks to consumers. In fact, if foreign objects end up in food items, consumers may have reason to file product liability claims.

Ohio residents may be interested in a recent recall issued by Conagra Brands. According to reports, during the production of Udi's classic hamburger buns, a dough scraper was somehow mixed in with the rest of the product. As a result, there is a chance that white bits of plastic could be found in the buns used by consumers.

Fatal Ohio truck accident may lead to wrongful death claim

It is not uncommon for car accidents to result in criminal charges. Those charges are especially likely if the accidents cause fatalities. In addition to possible criminal repercussions, such incidents could also lead to civil lawsuits if the families of the victims choose to pursue wrongful death claims.

One family in Ohio may be considering this option after a recent accident. According to reports, a tractor-trailer driver was hauling an oversized load on I-270 when a metal container on the trailer struck an overpass. The collision caused the container to fall from the trailer and strike two vehicles. It was noted that the Ohio Department of Transportation offers alternate routes for drivers carrying oversized loads, but it is up to the drivers to actually follow those routes.

Mistakes by nurses could lead to medical malpractice claims

When a person has to go to the doctor's office or hospital, he or she certainly wants everything to go smoothly. Of course, most patients do not know how long each person on the medical staff has been on the job. It is common for individuals new to the medical field to carry out duties, but it is also common for mistakes to occur that could lead to medical malpractice.

Though Ohio patients undoubtedly appreciate the work that nurses do, it is possible for new nurses to make mistakes. Unfortunately, some common mistakes could have devastating outcomes for patients. For instance, if a nurse gives the wrong medication to a patient, gives the medication to the wrong patient, provides an incorrect dosage or makes other medication-related errors, a patient could have a serious adverse reaction.

Injuries from trampoline defect may mean product liability claims

Many people purchase items knowing that there is some inherent risk with using them. Typically, if individuals use a product properly, the risks are mitigated. However, when the product also has a defect or other issue that makes it more dangerous, consumers could have reason to file product liability claims if injuries result from the use of that product.

Ohio readers may be interested in a recent recall affecting Super Jumper trampolines. According to reports, the 14-foot and 16-foot combo trampolines are being recalled due to the legs breaking off of the trampolines. At the time of the report, 97 complaints about the issue had been filed, and the recall comes from the U.S. Consumer Product and Safety Commission.

Fatal bike accidents increasing even as totals fall

There is some good news for cyclists: In recent years, it looks like fewer of them are getting involved in accidents. They have spent a long time encouraging drivers to share the road safely, and it looks like that is finally paying off. Cyclists crash less often, even as reports show that more and more people have started taking up this hobby -- or using their bikes as a means of transportation.

There is also bad news, however. The same reports have found an increase in deadly accidents. For instance, between 2007 and 2016, government statistics show that there was an increase in fatalities from 701 to 840. Cyclists may get hit less often, but they may not actually be as safe as that makes it sound.

Car accidents: Crash leads to serious injuries for teen, man

Being seriously injured can cause a number of immediate and lasting impacts on a person's life. Unfortunately, most people are at risk of suffering such injuries because they commonly travel the roads on a daily basis. Car accidents can quickly take place and cause more damage than some people could even expect.

It was recently reported that serious injuries resulted from a multi-car crash in Ohio. A 63-year-old man was traveling east when he failed to remain in the correct lane of travel. As his vehicle went into the opposite lane, it struck two other vehicles. One of those vehicles was driven by a 39-year-old woman, and the second was driven by an 18-year-old individual. The woman's vehicle also hit another car due to the impact.

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