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Ohio family killed in possible distracted driving event

An Ohio family, including both parents and their young child, died in an accident with a semitruck.

Investigators are still checking into the details, but early reports indicate that the semi ran the red light at the intersection -- which ultimately led to multiple vehicles being involved and the three fatalities. It's currently believed that the semi's driver was also speeding and somehow distracted at the time of the accident.

The unfortunate perception of the 'trivial' whiplash injury

A lot of people who get injured in a car accident don't want to be "that" person -- the one who runs to an attorney right away or starts a lawsuit over what amounts to a trivial injury.

Guess what? "That" person is largely a fiction. Insurance companies would like people to believe that a lot of claims for compensation after a car accident are inflated or unnecessary. If they can convince people to sign away their rights in exchange for a minuscule settlement, all the better for them!

Can you sue a doctor for a simple misdiagnosis?

Medicine isn't a perfect science -- doctors can examine a patient, run tests and pour over the results, but the diagnosis is ultimately an educated guess.

Most of the time, the diagnosis will be correct. Sometimes, the doctor will be wrong.

The basics of a wrongful death suit

While some Mansfield car accidents end with a few bumps and bruises, others have tragic consequences. When you lose a loved one because of the negligence of another individual, you may be able to take legal action in the form of a wrongful death suit. In many cases, the family of the deceased will file this kind of lawsuit after the close of a criminal trial against the defendant. Even if the criminal court finds the defendant not guilty of a criminal act, you can still file a wrongful death suit.

If you are considering bringing a wrongful death suit against a negligent driver, it is important to understand how such a lawsuit works. Like many other types of lawsuits, a wrongful death suit has certain requirements that must exist in order for you to have a chance for success. For more information on the basics of a wrongful death suit, read below.

Bicyclist fatalities are on the rise nationwide

Transportation trends continue to change as Americans become increasingly concerned about their own health and the health of the environment. Our roads, long considered solely the territory of cars, are transporting a larger number of bicyclists and pedestrians. And kids aren't the only ones traveling this way. Adult bike ridership continues to climb as a form of exercise and as a way to commute to and from work.

These trends are largely positive, but they include at least one serious drawback: injurious and fatal accidents. A recent report from the Governors Highway Safety Association reveals that cyclist fatality rates are climbing steadily. In 2015 alone, bike deaths rose by 12.2 percent, outpacing the overall rise in traffic fatalities that year.

Catastrophic injuries: Vision loss

One of the most catastrophic injuries someone can suffer in an accident is the loss of sight. Whether full or partial vision loss, the sudden upset to a victim's entire world is immediate and hard for everyone -- including friends and family -- to handle.

It helps if you can try to understand what the injured, blinded individual is feeling -- as much as possible -- and learn what you can do to help his or her situation.

Understand the liability waiver in your personal injury case

If you've been injured in a car wreck, at some point you're likely to settle the claim out of court -- simply because it is quicker and cheaper for both sides to reach an agreement.

If that's what is happening, you've probably had a similar experience to many other people in your position. You likely went through a painful period after the accident, with several months of treatment and healing. Once you ended your treatment, negotiations would have started. Negotiations may have been a little rough, but you and your attorney eventually came to an agreement with the insurer on an amount that you all felt was fair.

Educators have a responsibility to stop bullying in schools

Anti-bullying campaigns often look great on paper and a rally in support of a school's bullied "underclass" of students can feel very positive -- but they don't really do anything on a practical level to stop the actual bullies that kids face on a daily basis unless the administration steps in and gets proactive.

Even the best-case scenarios for a bullied student are grim -- it can take years of counseling to overcome the effects of being bullied as a child. Occasionally, bullied children end up feeling so isolated and hopeless that they actually kill themselves.

How do you get around when an injury stops you from driving?

People who suffer catastrophic injuries in an accident to their vision, head, hands or feet often suffer from a problem that's not immediately apparent to anyone that hasn't already been there -- the loss of their freedom.

For example, if someone loses the majority of his or her vision in a car crash, his or her lives can be disrupted in many ways -- but even after adapting to most of the changes, he or she is still faced with the loss of freedom. They may have been accustomed to hopping in their cars and driving wherever they wanted to go -- but now they have to figure out who they can call to take them to the next doctor's appointment, the grocery store, the pharmacy and more.

Ohio feels impact of distracted driving in multiple accidents

Ohio's roadways are an important part of the nation's major trucking routes. This means that motorists should be especially careful while sharing the roadways with big rigs. Truckers, for their part, need to be equally cautious.

Unfortunately, not everybody on the road seems to realize the dangers of distracted driving -- no matter how many warnings they're given. Three separate accidents occurred in just one evening on a small section of I-76 as a result of inattentive drivers.

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