Motor vehicle accidents around the country in 2018 claimed more than 40,000 lives and left a further 4.5 million road users seriously injured according to preliminary figures released by the National Safety Council on Feb. 13. The nonprofit advocacy group based its findings on data from the National Center for Health Statistics, which keeps track of injuries and fatalities that take occur on public roads and highways, private roads, driveways and parking lots, in Ohio and throughout the U.S.
We often hear that there are "too many frivolous lawsuits" burdening our court dockets. This is just overblown media hype; truly frivolous claims are prohibited under Ohio law, and are very rare. It is true that we are a litigious (sue-happy) society, but the courts should be able to adapt to a large volume of cases.
An attorney who obtains a judgment or settlement for his/her client can assert a "charging lien" against the fund obtained. This usually happens when a lawyer working under a contingent fee agreement does some work that contributes to obtaining the settlement, then the client does not pay him or her for that work. The law protects the lawyer and gives him/her a charging lien to recover for the work done.
The number of road users killed in tractor-trailer accidents rose sharply between 2009 and 2017. According to a recent report released by Road Safe America, many of those deaths in Ohio and other states would have been prevented by safety systems that are already available but not yet mandated. The Atlanta-based nonprofit organization's study also reveals that commercial vehicle accident deaths rose while the total number of miles covered by trucks actually fell slightly.