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You may be drunk the morning after

You wake up in the morning after a night of drinking with friends. You did not want to drive drunk, so you slept on a friend's couch. You roll off, drag yourself out to your car and start heading home.

Then you get pulled over and the officer arrests you for drunk driving after you fail the field sobriety tests. You admit that you were drinking, but it was yesterday. How could you still be drunk?

Maximizing the value of your car accident claim

Car accidents come with expensive consequences. You may need to deal with vehicle repairs, medical bills and lost wages, just to name a few common expenses. Your hope is to receive compensation from the insurance company representing the negligent driver.

However, insurance companies often try their hardest to avoid paying out adequate amounts for these types of claims. You will likely receive lowball offers. Here are some crucial tips to help you get the most out of your motor vehicle collision settlement. 

Girl from Ohio dies in rollover accident in Michigan

A young girl is dead after a terrible rollover accident in Michigan. She was nine years old. She and her family were from Columbus, Ohio.

Reports from the Michigan State Police Department indicate that the accident happened on April 3, right before 11:30 p.m. The girl was in a Honda Pilot along with eight other members of her family. They were driving down U.S. 23 in the southbound lanes.

Stay safe on your motorcycle: 6 key tips

Motorcycles have a reputation for risk and danger, but they don't have to be dangerous. There are distinct things that you can do as a rider to reduce the risks you face. It goes beyond simply putting on a helmet and hoping for the best, however. You need to take an active role in the safety process.

To help, here are six key tips:

  1. Remember that safety courses have value for all riders. Extra training does not hurt, even if you have years of experience. Take a refresher every now and then.
  2. Never allow distractions to play a role in how you ride. Stay off of your cellphone. Don't turn to talk to a passenger.
  3. Wear bright colors whenever you can. Black may be the most popular color for many cyclists, but it's also the most dangerous because you blend into the road and other drivers don't see you.
  4. Understand your limits and your abilities. There's no shame in starting with a small bike on less busy roads if you're new to riding.
  5. Stay far enough back from other vehicles. A lot of accidents happen when cars come to a sudden stop -- the light turns yellow, for instance, and the driver slams the breaks instead of going through -- and motorcycles crash into the back. Give yourself time to react.
  6. Stay attentive. Remember that drivers may not see you. Anticipate the mistakes they're going to make.

60 cars crash on Ohio ice

Ice on the highways can turn your normal daily commute into a horrific accident in no time. It seems like there is at least one massive pileup every winter, and Ohio just saw one that put numerous people in the hospital.

Cars started going out of control on ice, slamming into one another on Route 8 northbound. By the time all was said and done, about 60 vehicles had crashed. Authorities had to close the highway down for hours to clear the wreckage.

Teen causes fiery accident that kills 14-month-old child

A 16-year-old driver in Ohio was allegedly responsible for an accident that caused cars to burst into flames, taking the lives of a 14-month-old child and the baby's mother.

According to reports, the incident occurred when the teenage driver in a 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier decided that he wanted to go around a Dodge Caravan. As he attempted to pass, he slammed into the back of the van. There was a 63-year-old driver behind the wheel.

How to know if you have whiplash

Whiplash is one of the most common complications people experience after a car accident. Research shows that over one million people get whiplash every year in the United States. Occasionally, the symptoms go away on their own. Other times, the person needs medical treatment to feel better once again. 

It is vital to recognize you do not have to travel very fast in your car to get whiplash. Some people get it after being in a traffic collision where both vehicles traveled less than 10 miles per hour. The sooner you get treatment for your whiplash, the sooner you can get back to your normal routine. 

Numerous repeat DUI offenders arrested in Ohio

The ramifications of a DUI or an OVI get worse every time you get arrested. The idea behind this is to discourage people from becoming repeat offenders.

However, recent news stories show that this does not always work. A handful of repeat offenders were just arrested in Ohio.

Do you understand why it's so important to follow traffic rules?

There is no reason why anyone should be using a smartphone while driving. There's no reason why anyone should drive after drinking alcohol. There's no reason why anyone should speed. Yes, people say that they're in a hurry -- and maybe they are. But when you consider the terrible loss of life that happens throughout the world -- on a daily basis -- because of negligent and unlawful driving habits, there is no reason and no excuse good enough to put someone in danger by breaking the law.

According to statistics from the World Health Organization, 1.35 million people die annually worldwide -- not from disease -- but from vehicle-related accidents. Most of those car crashes can be attributed to things like speeding, drunkenness, intoxication and other forms of negligent and unlawful behavior on the road. According to the WHO, it has set the goal to reduce traffic deaths by half before we reach 2020.

What are “pain and suffering” damages in a car accident case?

Imagine you're driving to work at 6 a.m. one morning, when a drunk driver T-bones your vehicle. You are lucky to survive with your life, but you don't escape without a few serious injuries. These injuries will take months to fully heal and – in the meantime – you will have to deal with a tremendous amount of pain and suffering. This pain and suffering -- added to the financial costs related to your medical care and lost income due to not being able to work – has turned a horrible situation into a horrific one.

Fortunately, in addition to your monetary losses, you might also be able to claim damages related to "pain and suffering" by holding the at-fault party responsible in court. Of course, pain and suffering damages are a little bit unique because they are difficult to quantify. It's not simply a matter of adding up your medical receipts and estimating what your monthly income should have been.

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