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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.

3 summertime hazards that can lead to slipping, falling accidents

It's nearly summer and that means kids will soon be out of school; people will be spending more time outside; there will be barbecues, parties and vacations. 

While all this should be fun and relaxing, a person's entire summer -- and life -- could be turned upside down if they are seriously injured in a slip-and-fall accident. Unfortunately, summertime is a time when these types of accidents can be common, so it is important for everyone to know risks and make an effort to prevent them.

Self-Driving Cars: Futuristic or Fatal?

As technology becomes more advanced, knowing your rights on the road becomes even more important. On March 20, 2018, a self-driving car created by Uber struck and killed a 49-year-old pedestrian while she was crossing the street. A tragedy like this implicates several complications that would not occur in an ordinary traffic accident. For example, apportionment of fault and the exchange of insurance information are components of almost every traffic accident, yet would be nearly impossible to resolve quickly without an actual person behind the wheel of the car.

Injury Insurance for Uber Drivers

In May of 2017, Uber launched a pilot insurance program for its drivers in several states across the country. The optional program allows drivers to purchase injury insurance through Uber's insurance partners at a low rate that covers their medical expenses and lost wages if they suffer injuries on the job. As part of the initiative, Uber has raised rates in the states where the program is available to off set the premiums for drivers.

Avoiding Road Rage

When drivers lose control of their emotions behind the wheel, the results can be devastating. Road rage incidents can cause serious injuries, property damage, and emotional distress. Medical treatment, lost wages, and other costs add up quickly. Financial stress only adds another level of frustration to the mix.

What is Defensive Driving?

Learning how to drive defensively can help you avoid unsafe conditions and reduce your risk of accidents. When drivers are more aware of and adopt defensive driving techniques, it keeps our streets and highways safer and everyone on the road benefits. Plus, because some insurers allow you to take defensive driving courses to lower your premiums or reduce points on your license, adopting these safe driving techniques could wind up saving you money.

10 Questions to Ask a Car Accident Lawyer After Your Accident

Ask your car accident lawyer these 10 questions following your wreck to get a better idea of your case's strength, what recourse you might have to recover compensation, and what to expect throughout the claims process.

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