Tips for Sharing The Road with Large Trucks

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Large trucks and tractor-trailers can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds. They require more acceleration and deceleration than an average passenger vehicle and have multiple blind spots. Yet many motorists drive as though they are the large vehicle, not the truck. They fail to realize they need to share the road and to always take extra care around these vehicles. When large trucks do get … [Read more...]

Slater & Zurz Attorneys Andrew Pullekins and Michael Schmeltzer Named 2015 Ohio Rising Stars

2015 Ohio Rising Stars Attorney Andrew Pullekins and Attorney Michael Schmeltzer

Slater & Zurz attorneys Andrew Pullekins and Michael Schmeltzer have both been selected as 2015 Ohio Rising Stars. The Rising Stars list is developed using a multiphase selection process patented by Super Lawyers, a highly credible and impartial rating system that identifies outstanding lawyers. All attorneys who are considered for the Rising Stars designation must first go through the … [Read more...]

Claim for Wrongful Death of Child Can Help Parents Heal

Wrongful death of child

Wrongful death claims can involve a variety of legal practice areas including auto accidents, nursing home negligence, dangerous products on the market and medical malpractice. In Union County, Ohio a medical malpractice tragedy occurred recently when twin three-year-old boys died at home the evening after they had outpatient tonsillectomies and adenoidectomies. The twins’ parents sued in a … [Read more...]

Top 10 Factors That Cause Large Truck Accidents

large truck accidents

The United States economy depends on the trucking industry to transport the more than 70 percent of all freight delivered annually with additional truck trade ongoing with Canada and Mexico. In 2013, there were more than 267,000 vehicular accidents in the state of Ohio.  Over 19,000 of those accidents involved a large truck.  Nationwide, there were nearly 300,000 large truck accidents which … [Read more...]

Distracted Driving Causes Both Car and Truck Accidents

Ohio truck accidents

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), about 30 percent of all accidents, both truck accidents and car accidents, are caused by driver distraction. The FMCSA also found truckers involved in crashes are distracted about eight percent of the time by external stimuli and two percent of the time by distractions inside the cab. Drivers who reach for an object are three … [Read more...]

Dog Breeds Likely To Attack People

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Every year 4.5 to 4.7 million people are bitten by a dog, most of them children. Although a fatal dog bite generally receives considerable publicity, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 30 dog attacks a year actually result in someone’s death. Certain breeds of dog have a reputation for biting. If you are the owner of one of those breeds, you may believe … [Read more...]

Truck Driver Fatigue Not Major Cause of Trucking Accidents

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About 15.5 million trucks representing more than a million trucking companies are on the road today, according to the American Trucking Association. The Truck Safety Coalition claims that data on fatal truck crashes in 2010 indicates that deaths have increased to nearly 4,000 compared to 3,380 persons killed in truck crashes in 2009, with another 74,000 injured. The Coalition and other groups … [Read more...]

Responsibilities of Trucking Companies and Truck Drivers Involved in a Truck Accident

Trucking Companies

When truck accidents occur and it appears to be the fault of the truck driver, who is financially and legally responsible? Are trucking companies liable or are the drivers of the trucks? Both could be responsible and liability could also be found with: • The person or company that leased the truck or trailer from the owner, • The manufacturer of the vehicle or the manufacturer of its … [Read more...]

Truck Accidents Require Special Review and Consideration

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A serious collision between a car and a truck usually has the same outcome: The truck prevails. A driver of the car is much more likely to be seriously injured in a truck accident than when two cars crash. This is of course is due to the sheer size and weight difference between a truck and a car and the time needed to stop or slow down a large vehicle like a truck. In 2012, there were 3,921 … [Read more...]

Helpful New Book About Wrongful Death in Ohio

Ohio wrongful death book

The sudden and unexpected death of a loved one is an overwhelming experience for anyone. When that death is the result of someone else’s carelessness or negligence it can be devastating and cause feelings of shock, disbelief, anger and extreme anxiety. Many people are left paralyzed and wondering what they should do next. The Ohio law firm of Slater & Zurz LLP has the answer for people who … [Read more...]