According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, rear-end collisions account for approximately 30% of all motor vehicle accidents. The majority of these accidents involve regular passenger vehicles, but they also include semi-truck rear ends. If you have been rear-ended by a semi-truck, you understand how frightening it can be. Semi-trucks are much larger than standard cars, and trucks and have the potential to cause significantly more damage. What to Do When You Are Rear Ended by a Semi-Truck in Ohio If you are rear ended by a semi-truck and sustain significant injuries, you may be entitled to relief. It is important to follow some general guidelines on what to do when you are rear ended by a semi-truck to ensure that you have the best case possible for compensation. Call the Proper Authorities Anytime there is an accident involving a semi-truck, there is a potential for further damage. Calling 911 will put you in touch with both emergency medical personnel and the police, who can then ensure the proper authorities are on-scene to address the situation. Semi-trucks are large and can easily impede traffic and cause additional damage. Seek Medical Attention Your safety and the safety of your passengers is the most important thing immediately following any vehicle accident. This includes both emergency medical attention and follow ups with your doctor as you begin to heal or become aware of additional injuries. Do not wait and hope your pain subsides. Ohio has a two-year statute of limitations for personal injury claims, including vehicle accidents. Do Not Sign Anything from an Insurance Company Following an accident with a semi-truck, the other party’s insurance company will likely make a quick settlement offer for lower than what you require for your damages. Take into consideration that compensation that covers your immediate medical bills or vehicle repairs or replacement may not be sufficient for long-term repercussions from being rear ended by a semi-truck. A personal injury attorney can help you negotiate with the insurance company. Keep Records of Everything You should not be responsible for expenses related to injuries or damage you sustain. Make sure to keep receipts and record all medical expenses, treatments, assistance expenses, prescriptions, and property damage that you would not have incurred had it not been for the accident. Also keep records of how your injuries have impacted your life, such as pain you have suffered or changes in your ability to do household tasks or activities you once enjoyed. Consult a Personal Injury Attorney The help of an experienced personal injury attorney who is aware of Ohio car accident laws could be crucial to getting the compensation you deserve. They can negotiate with insurance companies for a fair settlement or file a lawsuit on your behalf. Types of Compensation Available Ohio follows a modified comparative fault system when determining liability. This means that you can be compensated even if you also made driving mistakes that lead to the accident, but only if your fault is not more than 50%. There are two different types of compensation that you may be entitled to. Economic Damages Expenses that you incur because of the accident are considered economic damages. They directly impact your finances. Some of these expenses may include: Medical expenses, such as hospital bills or surgery; Property damage to your vehicle and its contents; Ongoing treatment costs for injuries; Lost wages if you are unable to work; and Diminished earning capacity due to permanent injury. If a loved one passes away after being rear-ended by a semi-truck, you may be able to file a wrongful death suit to receive compensation for funeral and burial expenses along with other damages. Semi-trucks accounted for 11% off all traffic incident deaths in 2019. Non-Economic Damages Damages that do not involve a tangible invoice for a specific amount are deemed non-economic damages. These may include: Pain and suffering, Emotional distress, Disfigurement, Disability, Loss of enjoyment of life, and Loss of consortium. These damages are generally ongoing and impact life in ways that extend beyond finances. How Can an Ohio Personal Injury Lawyer Help? One of the biggest stressors aside from coping with injuries is the stress of achieving fair compensation. There are a lot of factors that go into determining accident fault, economic expenses, and non-economic losses. An experienced car accident attorney will be able to guide you through the process. Aaron Bensinger is committed to helping clients seek the compensation they deserve through a compassionate and individualized representation of their unique situation. Call or contact Bensinger Law to schedule your free consultation.Keep Reading
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Every year over 2.5 million Americans visit the emergency room as a result of car accidents. Millions more do not—only to later realize the severity of their injuries. Back pain from a car accident is one of the most prevalent injuries to occur. Studies have shown that injuries from car accidents can occur at speeds as low as 2.5 miles per hour. Common Types of Back Pain After a Car Accident There are a number of painful back injuries that can arise from car accidents. Just because you might feel ok immediately following a car accident does not mean that back pain after a car accident will not become an issue. According to the Ohio Highway Safety Office, there were 24,919 traffic incidents in 2020 where injury may have occurred. Here are some of the things you could be experiencing when your back hurts after a car accident. Whiplash from a Car Accident Your neck is essentially the uppermost part of your back and is extremely vulnerable to injury from impact. Whiplash is the most common with more than 3 million new cases each year. Statistics show that 1 in 10 people become permanently disabled from whiplash. Lower Back Pain from a Car Accident It can be difficult to pinpoint the source of lower back pain from a car accident. A lumbar sprain could be what is causing the pain. This means that the soft tissue supporting the spine has experienced trauma. A lumbar spine injury is also possible and could require extensive medical treatment. Degenerative Disk Disease from a Car Accident Degenerative disk disease is the process of a spinal disc wearing out over a lifetime of constant wear and tear. Car accidents can cause degeneration to occur at an increased rate. Spinal Cord Issues from a Car Accident According to the National Spinal Cord Statistical Center, car accidents have been the most common cause of spinal injuries since 2010 (38%). There are several injuries that could occur, including: Pinched nerves, Herniated or ruptured disc, Spondylosis, Bulging disc, Spinal stenosis, Paraplegia, and Quadriplegia. Facet Joint Pain from a Car Accident A facet joint injury can have a big impact on mobility and make it very difficult to live life comfortably. Serious car accidents can cause facet joint injuries that require medical attention and potentially surgery. What Do You Do If You Have Back Pain After a Car Accident? Adrenaline is a real thing, and in the moment, the severity of your injuries may not be apparent. It can take days, weeks, months, or even years for back pain after a car accident to really set in. There are steps you should take to ensure your legal right to compensation if you have back pain after a car accident. Seek Medical Attention It is important to seek medical attention after any significant car accident. You may not recognize the signs of inflammation or injury right away. Do not try and tough it out to see if it gets better. Do Not Sign or Agree to Anything Insurance companies are not looking to make sure you get all the compensation you may need to cover future medical concerns when you have back pain from a car accident. Ohio is a comparative fault state, meaning that insurance companies will do their best to find you partially liable for the accident in an effort to reduce your settlement. Speak to a Car Accident Attorney An Ohio personal injury attorney with experience dealing with car accident cases will be able to evaluate your claim and determine the best way to ensure you get the relief you need. Ohio has a two-year statute of limitations for vehicle accidents, so it is important not to wait. Keep Detailed Records Even if your injuries don’t seem severe immediately after the car accident, it is important to keep detailed records of all medical treatment. Having a police report and witness testimony along with doctors’ notes will help to strengthen your case for compensation. Choosing a Car Accident Attorney Back pain from a car accident can be debilitating, and you should not have to suffer because of someone else’s negligence. Receiving fair compensation for your injuries can be crucial to the recovery process. Aaron Bensinger of Bensinger Law provides compassionate personal injury service to clients who have been injured in car accidents. Aaron and his team work diligently to provide representation to the Northwest Ohio region. Contact Bensinger Law for a free consultation, and find how you can be compensated for back pain from your car accident.Keep Reading
Whether you’re a new rider or a seasoned pro, it’s important to understand Ohio motorcycle laws. While motorcycles are subject to many of the same rules of the road as cars, there are a few motorcycle laws Ohio has adopted that apply specifically to two- and three-wheeled vehicles. Ohio Motorcycle License and Endorsements Drivers in Ohio must have a motorcycle license or a motorcycle endorsement on their driver license to legally operate a motorcycle in the state. Ohio law defines motorcycles as any motor vehicle with a seat for the operator designed to travel on not more than three wheels, regardless of weight or brake horsepower. Accordingly, Ohio drivers must have the appropriate endorsement for the kind of motorcycle they own. Before obtaining a full license or endorsement, Ohio riders must first get a temporary instruction permit identification card (TIPIC). A TIPIC is subject to several restrictions, including: No night driving (between sunset and sunrise); No passengers; Wearing a helmet and protective eyewear at all times; and No driving on interstates or congested roadways. To obtain a motorcycle endorsement, a rider must complete a motorcycle riding course before applying. A motorcycle endorsement from another state is also valid in Ohio. Ohio Motorcycle Passenger Laws Ohio Revised Code § 4511.53 sets out some general rules for motorcycle passengers: A motorcycle may carry only as many passengers as it is designed and equipped to carry; All passengers must have a seat firmly attached to the motorcycle; and Passengers must ride facing forward with one leg on each side of the motorcycle. Additionally, as mentioned above, passengers are not allowed to ride with riders licensed only with a TIPIC. Ohio Motorcycle Helmet Laws Motorcycle laws in Ohio do not generally require helmets for adult motorcycle riders. However there are two exceptions in addition to the TIPIC restriction mentioned above. Ohio helmet laws require riders to wear a helmet If they are under 18 years of age; and During the first year they have obtained the motorcycle license or endorsement. The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles designates riders as “novice” for the first year after they obtain an endorsement. As long as riders have the novice designation, they must wear a helmet even if they are over 18. Even though Ohio does not require helmets for most riders, wearing one is a smart choice. Injuries in motorcycle accidents are often more severe because the rider has much less protection compared to the driver of a car. Eye and Hearing Protection Ohio motorcycle laws require riders to have eye protection. Valid eye protection includes a helmet with a visor, sunglasses, or a windscreen. Riders may also choose to wear earplugs or earphones, though they may be used only to protect the rider’s hearing; using headphones to listen to music while driving in Ohio is generally illegal. Lane Sharing and Lane Splitting Lane sharing is when multiple motorcycles ride near each other in the same lane. Ohio Revised Code § 4511.55 permits motorcycles to share a lane in a “two wide” formation. In other words, riders in Ohio may not ride next to more than one other rider in the same lane. Lane splitting is when a rider drives on the line between the lanes to pass between other vehicles moving in the same direction. Just like all other states except California, lane splitting is illegal in Ohio. Should I Hire a Motorcycle Accident Attorney? If you or a loved one is injured in a motorcycle accident, an attorney may be able to help you recover damages for injuries and medical expenses. If you are facing severe injuries, long recovery, and extensive medical bills, it’s appropriate to contact an accident attorney for help with your case. Why It’s Important to Understand Ohio Motorcycle Laws In addition to making you a better driver, knowing motorcycle laws in Ohio can have a significant impact on your damages. Ohio uses the “comparative fault” model of contributory negligence to determine fault after an accident. Under this model, a plaintiff can recover compensation as long as they were no more than 50% at fault for the accident. If you are injured in a motorcycle accident, how well you followed Ohio’s motorcycle laws could affect your ability to recover damages. Lane splitting, speeding, or not wearing a helmet when required can all affect your percentage of fault. Ohio Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Bensinger Law takes a client-focused approach to serve Ohioans across the state in accident injury cases involving motorcycles and other motor vehicles. Contact us today by filling out our form or giving us a call at 419-455-1410 for a free case review.Keep Reading