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Supermarkets can be a place for unexpected injuries

People who go to the supermarket in Ohio expect that their trip will be easy and certainly free of accidents or injuries. However, the supermarket and other popular public shopping areas can be more dangerous than many customers expect. Slip-and-fall accidents could be caused by a number of obstacles that people can face on the floor of a store, including slippery paper, liquid spills and other items that can easily lead to accidents.

Falls are one of the most common causes of supermarket injuries, and this is why markets have a responsibility to provide a safe environment for their customers. Businesses that welcome the public to be customers are responsible for taking proper care to avoid accidents and injuries. For supermarkets, this can include putting down mats to resist slips, ensuring that the floors are properly mopped and using appropriate floor treatments. These actions can help avoid unnecessary and harmful accidents to customers and even employees. This is important because shoppers may be elderly and have disabilities or have small children with them.

Help is available if your shopping trip turned into a hospital visit

Have you or a loved one fallen victim to a property owner's negligence? If you have, you might be facing mounting medical bills, and if your injuries are debilitating, the lack of income could be anxiety-inducing. Property owners who serve the public in the Tri-State Area must provide safe premises. If hazardous conditions cause an injury, the injured person might have grounds to file a premises liability lawsuit.

The property owner's insurance company might try to blame you for your injuries, so it's important to have experienced and aggressive legal representation to help you recover the maximum available compensation for medical expenses and other costs like lost wages.

Lowering the chances of distracted driving

Distracted driving continues to present a major problem on roadways in Ohio and across the United States. During 2015, according to statistics published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 391,000 people suffered injuries and 3,477 people died in distracted driving car accidents. The NHTSA includes any activity that pulls the motorist's attention from the task of driving in the definition of distracted driving. People can avoid distracted driving themselves by taking a few precautions.

It's important to set global positioning system devices before the trip begins. Many people rely on GPS devices to navigate for them, as they allow drivers to concentrate on the road and still know where they're going. A problem can arise, though, if drivers try to set a destination while behind the wheel. If drivers take their eyes from the road to press buttons on the device, they may end up in a car accident.

Drowsy driving is a serious risk

Drowsy driving is a big problem on roadways in Ohio and throughout the United States. It's dangerous because it results in several different risky behaviors, including reduced attentiveness, slow reaction times and poor judgment. Sleepiness or fatigue on the road is caused by untreated sleep disorders, overwork, medications and alcohol. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that in 2013, there were 72,000 crashes, 44,000 injuries and 800 deaths caused by drowsy driving.

People who don't get enough sleep are most obviously affected by drowsy driving, but there are several other categories of individuals who are at high risk for engaging in the behavior. These include commercial drivers, shift workers and those who use medications. According to reports, 1 in 25 people reported falling asleep behind the wheel at least once in a 30-day period. People who got less than six hours of sleep per day or snored were more likely to experience drowsiness while driving.

Delayed symptoms may indicate serious injury

At the very least, a traffic accident is disruptive to your life. At the most, it can change your life forever. Injuries suffered in a motor vehicle accident can be devastating, and you may know in an instant that you are badly hurt and need medical attention. Unfortunately, serious injuries are not always obvious, and even a low-speed traffic accident can result in injuries.

The sudden and violent jerking when another vehicle strikes yours can cause your body to move in unnatural ways, and this can cause painful damage. If you are in an accident, it is never a good idea to refuse to allow emergency medical technicians to look you over or even transport you to an Ohio hospital. Even if EMTs do not think you are injured, you may wish to follow up with your doctor since some injuries may remain hidden for days.

Artificial intelligence to reduce distracted driving and costs

Distracted driving involves more than cellphones, navigation systems and other modern devices. Sometimes, a driver is simply distracted in their mind. They may be sleepy, grappling with a personal dilemma or lost in deep thought when they should be paying attention to the road.

There are certain actions that serve as red flags. Things like sudden braking or acceleration aren't the norm, and fleet management systems are now available that will allow for tools like driver coaching or video monitoring to trigger when these types of events occur.

Vehicles associated with the most crash-related injury claims

Many of the cars and trucks driven in Ohio include an assortment of safety features. Even so, there's always the risk of human error and outside factors that can contribute to collisions. In some cases, it's the vehicle itself that doesn't offer sufficient protection in the event of an accident. Insurance loss statistics compiled by the Highway Loss Data Institute, or HLDI, shed some light on which particular cars and trucks are most likely to be associated with crash-related injuries.

In general, smaller and lighter cars tend to be associated with the most frequent medical and injury claims following motor vehicle accidents, which isn't surprising given the basic laws of physics. According to HLDI stats, it's four-door micro cars that have the highest claims frequency when all models are considered. Mini cars and smaller four-door cars have a slightly lower claims frequency although the numbers are still fairly significant.

Technology and its role in distracted driving

The U.S. Department of Transportation has shown that in 2017, there were 37,150 fatalities on the nation's roads. This makes for a 10 percent increase over 2014, and while public safety officials have not definitively made the link, it appears that the rising use of smartphones and infotainment systems may be partly responsible. Drivers in Ohio will want to know about some recent studies that have been made regarding the effect of technology on drivers.

Researchers at the University of Utah conducted an AAA analysis of infotainment systems, comparing their effect on drivers' attention to those of interfaces like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. 64 participants were asked to drive five different vehicles with built-in infotainment systems and would use the infotainment system and the interfaces at certain times.

Different types of damages are available following a car accident

Getting seriously injured in a car accident may be one of the most frightening experiences you ever have to endure. In addition to being totally shaken, you might even be infuriated because the accident was due to the other driver's bad driving.

Fortunately, you have the right to seek compensation for your injuries and the resulting costs. Here is a look at the various types of damages that may be available to accident victims under Ohio law.

Proving liability after a car accident

Ohio residents who are involved in a car, bike, or motorcycle accident know that it's important to let the insurance companies know who was at fault. This is where evidence becomes crucial. The following are just a couple of the most important things that victims must present if they hope to make a strong argument.

The first is the police report. This applies only to those accidents that officers come out to, which are mostly injury crashes; however, officers may appear at non-injury crashes as well. Victims can ask officers before they leave how to request a copy of the report. This report is essential because it's the result of the officer's own investigation into the crash, including data like the tickets issued and the estimation of drivers' speed based on skid marks.

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