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Beware of slips and falls in winter weather

As snow descends on Ohio residents and continues to accumulate while people go about completing their daily tasks, including rushing to complete their holiday shopping, they may not be aware of the risks that could befall them if the proprietors of businesses have not ensured their safety. Slips and falls are common accidents that take place in winter.

When an individual slips and falls on another's property and suffers a personal injury, they may be able to file a premises liability lawsuit against the property owner. Slip and falls can take place both inside the premises, due to poor lighting and cracked stairways, or outside, because of rain and snow. Although it is the responsibility of the owner or maintainer of property to ensure their premises are kept safe from risks and dangers, there are certain legal requirements that must be met to establish a premises liability case.

The traffic related injuries covered by workers' compensation

Many traffic accidents take place either in the morning or afternoon rush hours, when most people are commuting to and from their employment. Those who have a bare understanding of the concept of workers' compensation may think that injuries that occur in these crashes are covered by workers' compensation, since they took place while a worker was on the way to work, or coming from work. However, injuries caused by most traffic accidents do not qualify as being covered by workers' compensation.

For an injury to be covered by workers' compensation, the injury must somehow be connected to a person's work responsibilities and be suffered while performing a task related to work. Most of these injuries are those that take place at a workplace, but could be in a vehicle if the injured person works primarily in a vehicle. Therefore, vehicle accidents involving bus or truck drivers could be considered to be covered by workers' compensation, as driving a truck or a bus is part of the driver's job.

Accident involving motorcyclist results in his death

Though many Ohio residents may feel like winter is already here, autumn is the season most motorcyclists have been waiting for. Riding down the roads with the wind blowing through their hair and the beautiful foliage as scenery, motorcyclists are a common sight for most motorists these days. Unfortunately, those motorists who fail to see them can cause devastating accidents that can end all frolicking for both the accident victim and his or her family members.

An accident involving a motorist and a motorcyclist is especially tragic because the motorcyclist is less protected compared to the motorist. The only thing protecting a motorcycle driver from the road is his or her helmet and leather pads, whereas a motor vehicle driver has a whole car equipped with air bags to protect them in case of a collision. This is why a motorcycle driver is more likely to die in a crash with a motorist than the motorist.

Pedestrian-vehicle accidents in Ohio winters

As a pedestrian, you are vulnerable to a possible car crash at any time, but in the winter the danger is even more prevalent.

According to recent statistics, Ohio is one of the worst, if not the worst, place to drive in the winter. There are many accidents, which can lead to the injury or fatality of unfortunate pedestrians. What makes winter such a hazardous time for pedestrian-vehicle accidents? How can you stay safe while walking in the winter?

Do you lose SSD benefits if you start working again?

One of the common misconceptions about Ohio residents who receive Social Security Disability benefits is that they no longer want to work and would rather enjoy living off SSD benefits. However, this could not be farther from the truth. Recipients become eligible for SSD benefits only after going through a stringent screening process in which they must prove that they not only have a disability, but also that they have an inability to work due to the disability, for at least a year. SSD benefits are not enough to live in splendor, which is why the Social Security Administration has various programs to encourage people to attempt to return to the workforce.

It could be true that many recipients hesitate to return to work because they are not sure they could keep up with their employment responsibilities and are afraid to lose their benefits in the process. However, the SSA assigns a trial period to recipients. During these nine months, recipients can work and continue to receive their SSD benefits, adjusted only to the amount being received as a monthly salary. If someone finds they are unable to keep working during this time, they don't need to go through the application process again. They will simply be placed back on the program they already were on.

The safety concerns of the electric scooter phenomenon

A new transportation and recreation option, the rental electronic scooter, has been showing up in many U.S. cities. This includes here in Cincinnati. Such scooters have generated a fair amount of public excitement. They also, however, raise some safety issues.

There is the potential for accidents to occur with these scooters. Such accidents could injure riders. They could also leave others injured, such as in cases of scooters hitting pedestrians. 

6 tips for autumn driving in Ohio

The cooler temperatures and changing leaves mean that the fall months are here. Drivers in Cincinnati need to prepare for some adjustments on the road that must come with the new season. Taking steps to remain safe is something every driver must do.

When drivers aren't handling their duties in a safe manner, accidents occur. This means that innocent people can suffer from injuries and can end up with damaged vehicles. Even if you are following these safety tips, other drivers might not and you can be struck.

Lawsuit holds retailers responsible for murder

Retailers may be held legally responsible for merchandise that inflicts harm to others or for failure to take reasonable precautions. In a relatively unique personal injury lawsuit, the family of a man killed by his neighbor sued Cabela's and its parent company, Bass Pro Shop, for selling the murder weapon.

According to the lawsuit against one of the nation's retailers, the shooter called Cabela's in 2014 and asked to speak to someone in charge of the gun department. He then bought an 1858 Army .44 black powder revolver which was shipped to his home. He later purchased a black powder gun loading kit from Cabela's.

Teen drivers are at risk of being involved in crashes

Driving is risky for everyone because you are putting your life in the hands of others on the roads. For some drivers, the risks are increased because of simple and uncontrollable factors like age, gender and experience.

All drivers, regardless of these risk factors, should do what they can to remain safe on the roads. Knowing what extra risks teen drivers face empowers them and parents to be extra mindful and vigilant.

Marijuana-impaired driving is a great concern

Marijuana use and driving has grown substantially. This rising problem and the obstacles confronting law enforcement with its detection increase the danger of motor vehicle accidents.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that the number of drivers who tested positive for THC, the main psychoactive chemical in cannabis, rose from 8.6 to 12.6 percent between 2007 and 2014. This problem is becoming more challenging as more states are allowing recreational or medicinal use of marijuana. The Highway Loss Data Institute conducted a study and reported that the number of car accidents has increased in states that allow marijuana use.

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