Mental Illness Dangers and Motor Vehicle Accidents

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Mental Health Issues Coupled with Drug or Alcohol Abuse is a Serious Concern

The National Alliance on Mental Illness cites that 1 of every 5 adults in the US suffers from some form of mental illness. This amounts to almost 44 MILLION people!  Within is group, NAMI estimates 1 in every 25 adults (about 10 million people) have a serious mental illness. Defined as psychological illness that interferes with everyday life and mundane life activities, serious mental illnesses have little support or rehabilitation options in our community. Unfortunately, the more prevalent these cases become, the more instances of tragedy follow.

In May, a 26 year old Navy Veteran drove his vehicle onto the sidewalk in New York City’s popular Times Square, killing 1 and injuring dozens of other pedestrians.

Unfortunately, Rojas’ story is all to familiar for thousands of Americans. A loved one is unable to function in society, often due to anger and mental health issues – Exacerbated by drug or alcohol abuse.  In this specific case, Mr. Rojas was also suspected to be high on synthetic drugs or marijuana laced with PCP – both powerful and dangerous drugs that are prone to causing paranoia, violent outbursts and even temporary psychosis.

Repeat ‘Offenders’ are True Dangers to All of Us

Mr. Rojas allegedly was motivated by voices in his head that told him to kill innocent people. He also admitted that he thought he would subsequently be shot and killed by officers. 18 Year old Alyssa Elsman paid the ultimate price.  I cannot even imagine how horrible it it for a family to embark on a vacation only to return with their eldest daughter in a casket. This tragedy gained national headlines and our hearts ached for the family – yet we have very little in place to prevent something like this from happening again.

Richard Rojas has a long history of mental health issues – Many go as far as to say there were apparent and untreated issues in his time in the US Navy. Furthermore, he had two recent DUI arrests in the state of NY, including one in which he was doing almost TWICE the legal speed limit.  Another arrest occurred for menacing, after he threatened someone over a notary request/  This should be have been yet another red flag. Mr. Rojas is the prime example of someone that should not have a driver’s license.

While an individual like Mr. Rojas cannot have his license suspended as a result of erratic behavior, the accompanying drug or alcohol abuse is often a way to prevent the individual from being on the roadways.

The System is Broken – Enacting Change is Essential

Who is to say that an individual high on drugs or drunk on alcohol is any more or less dangerous than an individual with serious psychological health issues, and an inaccurate perception of reality?

In today’s culture, we have very little in place to prevent someone from doing exactly what Mr. Rojas did – murdering an innocent victim.

If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a motor vehicle accident or any other type of incident, contact my offices today.  We can support you, and guide you through the process – and fight for your right to fair compensation.

I’ll be there for you, and I’ll Make Them Pay!®

Author: Tim Misny | For over four decades, personal injury lawyer Tim Misny has represented the injured victim in in birth injurymedical malpractice, and catastrophic injury/wrongful death cases, serving ClevelandAkron/CantonColumbusDayton and neighboring communities. You can reach Tim by email at misnylaw.com/ask-tim-a-question/ or call at 877.944.4373.

 

Holiday Tragedies in Northeast Ohio

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4th of July – Fireworks, Food and Tragedy

True to trend, this 4th of July holiday weekend was another tragic one across Ohio. While I cherish the memories and time spent with my loved ones, the professional side of my holiday weekend is always filled with heartache.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol just released their official reports. From June 30 through July 4th, 17 people lost their lives in traffic accidents. In at least 5 of those accidents, impaired driving was proven to be the cause.

Over 900 OVI arrests have also been confirmed over the same time period. An additional 624 drug related arrests were made. This and other factors contributed to a total of more than 800 car accidents across our great state. This year’s totals is up from 2016, with the fatality count rising above 20%.

Impaired Driving Isn’t a Holiday Festivity

Unfortunately, while the holidays may lead to an increase in occurrence and tragedy related to impaired driving – This is a very real issue our society is facing all year through. It seems to be easy for many to justify a drink and drive here and there – Without a mere thought of the potential consequences.

The fact of the matter is, when you drink and drive you say that other lives don’t matter. That your life doesn’t matter. The legal limit indicates the point when a person becomes too affected by alcohol to safely react, operate and control a vehicle. Personal responsibility and the sanctity of human life should be inherent.

The only way we are going to enact change is to change the way things are done which continues to allow this reckless behavior. Insurance companies must be held accountable, if they continue to promote and protect drivers that abuse their driving privileges. Our legal system, including penalties, fines and punishment, must hold guilty parties accountable. Society as a whole has got to change the way we act and behave.

The ripple effect that one drunk driver can have on a family is truly devastating. Each and every individual that has lost his or her life in a drunk driving accident is a life wasted – A completely preventable tragedy that took a mother, father, sister, brother, son, daughter and friend away.

I urge you to think before you drink, and to hold your friends and loved ones to a higher standard as well. If you or someone you love was seriously injured or tragically lost their life as a result of a drunk driver – You need to call me immediately.

As your Ohio accident attorney, I’ll be there for you, and I’ll Make Them Pay!®

Author: Tim Misny | For over four decades, personal injury lawyer Tim Misny has represented the injured victim in in birth injurymedical malpractice, and catastrophic injury/wrongful death cases, serving ClevelandAkron/CantonColumbusDayton and neighboring communities. You can reach Tim by email at misnylaw.com/ask-tim-a-question/ or call at 877.944.4373.

Understanding the Dangers of Motorcycle Lane Splitting

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Lane splitting is a maneuverability act used by motorcyclists to quickly pass traffic by riding in-between lanes.

Although lane splitting is illegal in Ohio and 48 other states (California being the exception), it is still done by many.

Motorcyclists who lane split may claim that lane splitting reduces the risk of being rear ended – a common accident with motorcycles. However, lane splitting is a risky action that can easily go wrong. Because it puts motorcyclists and other drivers at an unnecessary risk of injury, lane splitting should always be avoided.

Lane splitting is dangerous and can cause accidents!

This maneuver is most commonly done in heavy traffic. However, congested roadways make lane splitting especially dangerous due to frequent lane changes by cars. Additionally, because driving in traffic requires extra concentration on surrounding cars, drivers are less likely to notice motorcycles riding between lanes. If a driver doesn’t realize a motorcycle is approaching, the car can easily change lanes into the motorcycle, potentially injuring the motorcyclist.

Furthermore, a motorcyclist who’s recklessly riding through lanes may overestimate the space between traffic and hit the side of a car. Not only could this cause damage to the car, but the motorcyclist could fall off the bike and suffer an injury as well.

Because lane splitting isn’t legal in Ohio, any damages and injuries sustained by lane splitting will most likely be the motorcyclist’s fault. This means that the motorcyclist will be responsible for all the medical bills and damage costs.

Here are some easy tips to avoid being rear-ended on a motorcycle:

  • Do not stop abruptly and without warning
  • When slowing down, dab at your brakes to make your brake lights flash
  • Weave slightly in your lane when slowing down to attract attention from the car behind
  • Leave plenty of space between you and the car in front
  • Check your mirrors often while stopped to see if a car is approaching too fast or is too close
  • Stay in gear while stopped in case you need to suddenly accelerate to avoid harm
  • Plan a quick escape route in case a car is approaching too fast

Motorcycles can be a joy to ride, yet their fragility makes even the slightest of accidents a risk of serious injury. Because of how easy it is to get in an accident from lane splitting, it should always be avoided. By following the tips above, motorcyclists can eliminate the unnecessary risks of lane splitting and help prevent rear-end collisions in traffic.

If you or a loved one was injured or killed in a motorcycle accident by a negligent driver, contact my offices immediately. As your Ohio motorcycle accident attorney, I’ll be there for you, and I’ll Make Them Pay!®

Author: Tim Misny | For over four decades, personal injury lawyer Tim Misny has represented the injured victim in in birth injurymedical malpractice, and catastrophic injury/wrongful death cases, serving ClevelandAkron/CantonColumbusDayton and neighboring communities. You can reach Tim by email at misnylaw.com/ask-tim-a-question/ or call at 877.944.4373.

Car Accidents– What You Need to Know About the Dangers of Speeding

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It is only June and yet there have already been more than 12,000 speed related car accidents in Ohio this year.

Whether drivers speed because they need to get somewhere quickly, or because they believe they won’t be caught, speeding is one of the largest contributors to accidents nationwide. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that roughly a third of car accidents are related to speeding.

Speeding reduces one’s reaction time and increases the breaking distance needed to come to a complete stop – two factors that are likely to cause accidents. Furthermore, a high collision speed will result in worse injuries and damages than a low-speed collision. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that speeding was a factor in 27% of fatal accidents.

Low-level speeding is more dangerous than you may think

Excessive speeding isn’t the only dangerous speeding. Low-level speeding – driving 5 MPH over the limit – can prove to be harmful as well, and unfortunately most drivers engage in this type of speeding. Going 40 in a 35 may not seem to be dangerous, but there’s a reason why the speed limit was set where it is.

Even when you’re going 5 MPH faster, you don’t realize the significant increase in reaction time and braking distance the extra speed adds.

Take the scenario of a car travelling 35 MPH approaching a pedestrian on a crosswalk 150 feet away. The National Organization of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) found that, taking into account reaction time, the car would come to a complete stop safely before the crosswalk. However, increase the travelling speed to 40 MPH, and the outcome changes dramatically. Due to the extended reaction and braking times, the car would not be able to stop within 150 feet and would ram into anyone on the crosswalk.

A 5 MPH difference is all it takes to forever change someone’s life.

Use the 3-second rule to avoid speeding car accidents.

This rule can be used to maintain a safe distance between cars:

  1. Choose a landmark on the side of the road
  2. As soon as the car in front of you passes it, start counting
  3. Your car should not pass the landmark before you count to 3
  4. If you reach the landmark too soon, slow down and try again

The three-second rule works at any speed. However, be sure to choose a landmark close to the street to avoid having to take your eyes off the road.

It is never worth speeding!

Not only does it barely reduce the time it takes to get somewhere, but it also significantly increases risk of an accident. It is important to stress to everyone that going over the speed limit, whether by 30 MPH or 5 MPH, is dangerous and the potential harm far outweighs the potential benefits of speeding.

If you or a loved one was injured due to another driver’s speeding negligence, contact my office immediately for your free consultation.

As your Ohio car accident attorney, I’ll be there for you, and I’ll Make Them Pay!®

Author: Tim Misny | For over four decades, personal injury lawyer Tim Misny has represented the injured victim in in birth injurymedical malpractice, and catastrophic injury/wrongful death cases, serving ClevelandAkron/CantonColumbusDayton and neighboring communities. You can reach Tim by email at misnylaw.com/ask-tim-a-question/ or call at 877.944.4373

Preventable Car Accidents and the Importance of Turn Signals

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Using a turn signal is one of the first things we learn when beginning to drive a car. Yet, failure to use a turn signal is one of the most common laws broken on the road.

The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) reported in 2012 that the lack of a turn signal use causes over 2 million car accidents annually.

These easily preventable accidents cost billions of dollars in car repairs, and more importantly, severe injury or death to many.

Although a blinking light might not seem to be vital for safety, improper lane changes and incorrect turning, both of which are commonly correlated with a lack of a signal, are some of the most frequent reasons for accidents. In fact, a report by the Auto Insurance Center found that Ohio has the second most fatalities from improper lane changes in the U.S.

A turn signal is a warning sign, and maneuvering without warning is dangerous to everyone.

Although the failure to signal is one of the top causes of accidents, it is not likely to get you pulled over. In fact, you are more likely to get a failure-to-signal citation once you are already in an accident.

So what’s to keep drivers from never using turn signals? Besides common courtesy and avoiding injury or death in a crash, the costs of an accident should deter signal negligence. Ohio’s Comparative Negligence Law states that if an accident is more than 50% one party’s fault, that party is not permitted to recover any money for damages to the car or the person. If an accident is caused from a driver’s failure to signal, the driver may not receive any money for medical costs or auto repairs.

A problem for all age groups, but especially young drivers

Although nearly half of all drivers don’t use a turn signal regularly, the problem grows worse with drivers ages 18-24. A survey by Response Insurance found that 71% of drivers in that age group do not routinely use their turn signals. That means nearly 3 of every 4 young drivers do not use a turn signal, a scary fact considering how many young drivers there are.

If you are a driver who doesn’t regularly use turn signals, it is not too late to change your habit.

Here are some tips and reminders for using turn signals:

  • Indicate when you wish to change lanes. Make sure you signal before you change
  • Do not cross multiple lanes of traffic with a single activation of your turn signal
  • Use your turn signal when merging onto the highway
  • Indicate when you wish to exit the highway
  • Use your turn signals at intersections and when changing streets
  • Use your turn signals when leaving a parking lot and merging into traffic

Following the directions above will keep the roads safer for you and for other drivers. Indicating with a turn signal is easy and will make driving in traffic easier as well. If you know people who currently drive without turn signals, save them the costs of a potential accident and explain to them how much easier and safer driving is with indicators.

If you or a loved one was injured or killed as a result of driver negligence, contact my offices immediately. As your Ohio motorcycle accident attorney, I’ll be there for you, and I’ll Make Them Pay!®

Author: Tim Misny | For over four decades, personal injury lawyer Tim Misny has represented the injured victim in in birth injurymedical malpractice, and catastrophic injury/wrongful death cases, serving ClevelandAkron/CantonColumbusDayton and neighboring communities. You can reach Tim by email at misnylaw.com/ask-tim-a-question/ or call at 877.944.4373

How Proper Car Seat Restraint Can Reduce Car Accident Injuries for Children

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If you are a parent, you understand that your child’s safety is the most important thing in the world. I was surprised to read about a study that found 95% of new parents use their child’s car seat incorrectly. The study indicated that many parents make mistakes in properly installing the car seat and positioning the child, both critical components in securing a child’s safety.

Although some may say that car seats are overly complex and confusing, Safe Kids Worldwide- a group focused on protecting children- says that a properly used car seat can effectively reduce an infant’s chance of dying in a car accident by 71%.

In 2013, over 8,000 children younger than one year old were hospitalized and 135 children died due to car crashes.

Make full use of your car seat – protect your new child by doing things right!

Facing the car seat the right way is an essential step towards safety. A child of 2 years or younger should be faced backwards in the car seat. Because of children’s heavy heads and weak necks, facing the car seat backwards provides support and comfort to their spinal column in the event of a front-end crash, which is among the most common accidents.

Although the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children face backwards until the age of 2, a study published in the Journal of Pediatrics found that nearly 75% of American parents don’t follow this recommendation. Conversely, Sweden, where parents commonly face their children backwards until the age of 4, has one of the lowest child traffic fatality rate in the world.

Do not buy a car seat from someone you don’t know or without knowing its full crash history.

Once a car seat has been in a crash, it may have lost parts and become less sturdy, even if it looks fine on the outside. Instead, buy a new car seat, as not only will it be in guaranteed stable condition, but it may come with new or improved safety features as well. It is not worth risking the safety of a child just to save a couple of dollars buying a used car seat.

Tips to maximizing safety in a car seat:

  • If possible, position the car seat in the middle of the backseat to protect against side collisions
  • If possible, do not place the car seat by an airbag – the force of an airbag may cause severe injury or death to the child
  • Make sure the car seat cannot move more than 1 inch in any direction once set up
  • Any harness or belt that goes over the child should not have any slack

Moving to a booster seat

Once a child has grown enough, he or she is ready to move from a car seat to a booster seat. The Ohio Department of Health estimates that using a booster seat creates a 59% risk reduction of serious injury in a car accident as compared to just a seat belt. It is important to remember, however, that the child should remain in the car seat for as long as possible due to the unparalleled safety that a car seat provides.

Tips to moving to a booster seat:

  • Only use a booster seat once the child is at least 4 years old AND weighs a minimum of 40 pounds
  • Choose a booster seat that utilizes a car’s lap and shoulder seat belts
  • If the shoulder seat belt goes across the child’s neck, the child is too small to be in a booster seat

From booster seat to only seat belt

After the child grows too big for a booster seat, he or she can ride with just a seat belt. However, an online survey by Safe Kids Worldwide finds that most parents don’t know when a child can ride without a booster seat, and concludes that 90% of parents remove their child from a booster seat too soon. Ohio law requires a child to be 4 foot 9 before he or she can ride with just a seat belt.

Safety with just a seat belt:

  • A child must be at least 57″ tall and weigh at least 80 pounds to ride with just a seatbelt
  • Children ages 8-15 must wear a seatbelt at all times
  • The driver and front seat passengers must wear seatbelts at all times
  • Although people 16 and older who sit in the back don’t have to wear a seatbelt, it is highly recommended that they do
  • Ohio laws requires children under the age of 13 to sit in the backseat
  • Seat belts should fit with the shoulder belt laying across the chest, and the lap belt across the thighs

Children are precious but fragile. Parents need to make sure that every protective measure is taken to keep their children safe in automobiles. The requirements and procedures may seem superfluous to some parents, but securing a child’s safety is far more important than saving time by not properly installing a car seat!

As a father of three young children, I understand the importance of properly protecting kids with car seats and booster seats.  Max, Gus, and Ruby mean everything to me, and I would never want to risk their health in a car accident.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an automobile accident, call my offices immediately. As your Ohio car accident attorney, I’ll be there for you, and I’ll Make Them Pay!®

Author: Tim Misny | For over four decades, personal injury lawyer Tim Misny has represented the injured victim in in birth injurymedical malpractice, and catastrophic injury/wrongful death cases, serving ClevelandAkron/CantonColumbusDayton and neighboring communities. You can reach Tim by email at misnylaw.com/ask-tim-a-question/ or call at 877.944.4373

Teen Driving – 100 Deadliest Days

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As a parent, I cannot fathom the recent losses we have seen in our local Northeast Ohio communities.  As each tragedy passes, it seems as a society we become even more disconnected with the very real potential outcomes of our teens getting behind the wheel.

With laws, safety precautions and pep talks – Are we doing enough to protect our children, and ourselves, on the roads?

Summer Teen Driving Dangers

Beginning with prom season and Memorial Day weekend, and going to about the Labor Day holiday weekend, we enter what is known as “the 100 deadliest days.”.For teens, this is a host of exciting events, distractions and overall lack of awareness  that can have deadly consequences.

AAA estimates that in the last 5 years, about 1,600 fatalities have occurred in the early summer months as a result of inexperienced drivers on the road.  Given that new drivers are almost 20x more likely to be involved in an accident than experienced drivers, this is certainly cause for concern.

Teen drivers drive fast, distracted and lack the overall wherewithal that experienced drivers have. They simply believe they are invincible.

Changing Laws to Keep Kids Safe

Evolving laws aim to keep younger drivers safer, and to generally provide safer roads for all of us.  While our teens put their own lives, and the lives of their friends’ at risk , it can also cause treacherous driving conditions for all of us.!

Recent Laws in Ohio Include;

  • New curfew – 12 am – 6 am ban for teens under 18 years of age
  • Seat belt requirements for all passengers
  • Restricted to 1 non-family member passenger only
  • Under 18 – NO mobile devices while driving
    • No texting while driving, sitting in traffic, etc.
    • No tablets, iPads, GPS, etc.
    • Primary offense – Teens can be stopped only for texting, an officer doesn’t need another offense to initiate a traffic stop.
    • 60 day suspension on first offense
    • One year suspension on second offense

Tips for Talking with your Teen Driver

The most important thing is to communicate with your teen driver. He or she can hurt or kill themselves, or someone else, and driving safely is one of the biggest responsibilities we bestow in life. Set clear expectations for car behavior, including making your teen check in before he or she gets on the road, and when they arrive at their destination. Use technology such as Verizons’ HUM or ‘Find my Phone’ apps to keep track of your young driver!  Remind your teen to take it slow, not to rush and to always be aware of their surroundings.

If you or your teen driver was involved in a serious accident, you must call my offices immediately.

As your Ohio car accident attorney, I’ll be there for you, and I’ll Make Them Pay!®

Author: Tim Misny | For over four decades, personal injury lawyer Tim Misny has represented the injured victim in in birth injurymedical malpractice, and catastrophic injury/wrongful death cases, serving ClevelandAkron/CantonColumbusDayton and neighboring communities. You can reach Tim by email at misnylaw.com/ask-tim-a-question/ or call at 877.944.4373.

 

OVI and Drugged Driving Dangers

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Record Breaking OVI and Drugged Driving Across Ohio

The Ohio State Patrol released 2017 Memorial Day weekend statistics and the proverbial alarm bells are sounding. Over the Memorial Day holiday weekend, over 800 OVI arrests occurred across Ohio in a 72 hour period – that is an average of 11 arrests per hour! This terrifying number is an 8% increase from 2016, and certainly cause for concern. Drugged driving offenses also reached reported highs, up over 26% from 2016.

With the Ohio State Highway Patrol alone making over 50,000 enforcement or non-enforcement related contacts over the long holiday weekend, it is time for a change.

Preventing OVI and Drugged Drivers

When you take into consideration this is only a fraction of impaired drivers, the stark reality sets in. In just a single weekend, 11 people per hour got behind the wheel, unable to safely drive – Putting countless lives at risk.  How can we as a society, keep ourselves and our loved ones safe? For every drunk or drugged driver that is caught, you better believe dozens go undetected.

In the extreme case of the recent Times Square driver plowing into innocent pedestrians while high on drugs – He had a history of OVI arrests and mental health issues. His actions resulted in over 20 individuals getting injured, and one young tourist losing her life.

It is up to law enforcement and also up to us, to change how things are done.  A large part of my job, and what drives my passion every single day, is enacting change that makes our world a better, safer place.  For my family and for yours, holding guilty individuals accountable is the only way we are going to see a decline.

  • Establishing patterns of behavior
  • Preventing repeat offenders – rallying for tougher laws
  • Changing the system for reporting and finding offenders
  • Incentivize individuals and even bar or restaurant employees to report illegal behavior
  • Holding the insurance companies accountable

Drunk or drugged driving is one of the most dangerous situations any of us can encounter while we are behind the wheel.  Every single time an impaired driver hits the road, it puts our lives at risk. Unfortunately, the laws and the nature of drunk or drugged driving can mean drivers get away with their crimes for years – Until the unthinkable happens.

If you or your loved ones have been injured as a result of a drugged or drunk driver getting behind the wheel, contact my offices immediately.

As your Ohio car accident attorney, I’ll be there for you, and I’ll Make Them Pay!®

Author: Tim Misny | For over four decades, personal injury lawyer Tim Misny has represented the injured victim in in birth injurymedical malpractice, and catastrophic injury/wrongful death cases, serving ClevelandAkron/CantonColumbusDayton and neighboring communities. You can reach Tim by email at misnylaw.com/ask-tim-a-question/ or call at 877.944.4373.

Ohio Move Over Law – Accident Avoidance

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Ohio Move Over Law Penalties May Change

The Ohio Move Over Law is simple: if you approach or are approached by an emergency vehicle on a state highway with emergency lights on, you must move over and/or slow down. In instances where it is not safe to move over, such as heavy traffic or poor weather, you must slow down to safely allow the emergency vehicle to pass, or complete your pass to move over.

Recent news headlines detail the tragedy of two officers struck and killed in separate accidents while on duty in construction work areas on the same stretch of Northeast Ohio highway. Many argue the Move Over Law should extend to ALL emergency vehicles, construction crews and anyone in a disabled vehicle on highway road sides.

Risks for crashing into emergency vehicles or someone on the side of the road run the gamut

  • Distracted driving
  • Impaired driving
  • Visual limitations
  • Failure to control
  • Unsafe speeds
  • Unsafe passing
  • Weather conditions

New penalties proposed for violators include up to 6 months in jail, and a $1,000 fine – But is that enough? We have to start valuing human life on the roads. The only way to change this is to hold guilty individuals accountable, and change the way we think about and handle careless behavior.

Move Over to Save Lives

Statistics in the US are horrific.  Each year, hundreds of people are killed or seriously injured after being struck on the side of the road.

  • 1 tow truck driver is killed nationally every six days
  • 1 police office is killed per month
  • 23 highway workers are killed on average each month

These numbers don’t even take into account pedestrians, or accidents with moving emergency vehicles, as a result of driver negligence!

The rising accident counts, and increased rear end vehicle accidents are no mystery.  There are more people driving than ever before, and we are more distracted then we could have ever imagined. Checking a text message or fidgeting with your Pandora channel can cost someone a life!

If you or a loved on was injured as a result of a negligent driver, call me immediately. As your Ohio accident attorney, I’ll be there for you, and I’ll Make Them Pay!®

Author: Tim Misny | For over four decades, personal injury lawyer Tim Misny has represented the injured victim in in birth injurymedical malpractice, and catastrophic injury/wrongful death cases, serving ClevelandAkron/CantonColumbusDayton and neighboring communities. You can reach Tim by email at misnylaw.com/ask-tim-a-question/ or call at 877.944.4373.

Motorcycle Accidents – National Motorcycle Awareness Month

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May is National Motorcycle Awareness Month

Motorcyclists in Ohio cannot wait to get back on the roads when the weather starts to warm up. As I’m sure you’ve noticed with the warm weather approaching, the motorcycles’ roar is more and more prevalent around town.  Unfortunately, despite being a small fraction of ‘vehicles’ on the roadway, motorcycle accidents account for over 14% of traffic fatalities. The National Safety Council reports that in 2015 alone, 4,976 motorcycle riders died as a result of crash – and another 88,000 were injured!

This month is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and it is important to understand the risks that motorcyclists take when sharing the highways.  

During the warm months of spring, summer and fall, motorcycles will be a popular form of transportation on the roadways.  Gas is cheaper, transportation is fun and traffic is a breeze – all while enjoying the open air and great weather. This also means there will be an increase in motorcycle accidents and deaths.

Motorcycle riding comes with risks because of lack of surrounding metal and airbags for protection.  Motorcycles are also not seen as well as cars and trucks.  Use of helmets and protective clothing offer some safety for riders but even with the proper gear the risks of serious injury or death are much higher than riding in a passenger vehicle.

The most common factors in motorcycle accidents are:

  • Drugs and alcohol (Roughly 30% of accidents were drug or alcohol related)
  • Weather
  • Speeding (About 30% of accidents contributed to speed)
  • Inexperience
  • Age  (Estimated to be a factor in 35% of accidents)
  • Road Hazards
  • Colliding with other vehicles

Because of the lack of protection, motorcyclists are often severely injured.  They are usually thrown from the bike and suffer impact injuries from the ground or another vehicle, and many times these injuries are catastrophic and can lead to death.

The most common motorcycle accident injuries are:

  • Neck, back and spinal injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Cuts, contusions and abrasions
  • Road rash
  • Loss of limbs

When you are injured in a motorcycle accident because of someone else’s negligence it is important to speak to a personal injury lawyer.  Often injuries from a motorcycle accident will result in extensive medical care that can continue for a lifetime.

As your Ohio motorcycle accident attorney, I’ll be there for you, and I’ll Make Them Pay!®

Author: Tim Misny | For over four decades, personal injury lawyer Tim Misny has represented the injured victim in in birth injurymedical malpractice, and catastrophic injury/wrongful death cases, serving ClevelandAkron/CantonColumbusDayton and neighboring communities. You can reach Tim by email at misnylaw.com/ask-tim-a-question/ or call at 877.944.4373.