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The elderly deserve protection against abuse in Ohio

Every state has laws to protect the elderly. These laws help prevent neglect, abuse and exploitation of those who are unable to protect themselves against it. This is important to know if you believe your loved one is a victim of abuse or exploitation in a nursing home.

When you believe a nursing home provider has violated your trust by harming your family member, it's a good idea to start taking steps to handle the situation. Start by talking to adult protective services. This agency, or others in place that serve the same purpose, will investigate any allegations you make against the nursing home.

What happens if you get into a crash outside your home state?

When you're driving between Toledo and Michigan, it's normal to run into some trouble. The highways are busy and congested. As you move into the new state, traffic laws change along with new speed limits.

If you get hurt when you're driving in another state, then you need to know how to handle your accident. Every state requires you to follow its own insurance regulations, but fortunately, your insurance provider likely already addressed this.

How can you be safer when driving in winter?

Winter driving has its hazards, but by knowing how to drive in the cold and snow, it's possible to avoid a serious accident. Whether you live somewhere that is normally cool in the winter or somewhere downright cold, knowing ways to prevent winter accidents is a good idea any time you want to travel.

Winter driving is difficult, because the roads get slick when they get cold. As the air cools, tires lose air pressure, making vehicles harder to control. Additionally, the addition of rain or melting snow to the roads could pose a hazard, breaking the road, causing potholes or causing vehicles to hydroplane.

1 killed as a result of juvenile pranks on Ohio Interstate 75

It's always a tragedy when a young person passes away. He or she may not have gotten to do the things he or she wanted in life, and their experiences were just beginning. The tragedy is made worse when it's a result of negligence or malicious intent, like it may have been in this case.

A man in Ohio has passed away following an unusual accident. According to the news from Dec. 23, the man was driving on the interstate when juveniles tossed a sandbag over the side of an overpass. The 22-year-old man from Warren, Michigan, died after being rushed to the hospital. The man suffered head trauma from the sandbag's impact.

Cigarettes lead to deaths and illnesses

When you were younger, you thought those who smoked looked cool. You remember seeing ads in the newspaper and magazines. No one realized the hazards smoking posed, and if they did, they didn't talk about them.

If you smoke today, you probably know now that there is a risk of developing cancer or other related illnesses. Smoking cigarettes results in the deaths of 443,000 people on average every year in the United States alone. That's more people dying from cigarette smoke than those who use illegal drugs, are victims of murders, die in car accidents, use alcohol, commit suicides and die from AIDS put together.

3 types of driving distractions that lead to serious accidents

Distracted driving dominates the news. You read about it every day. You know the statistics. You understand why texting and driving laws are changing. You're worried about getting hit.

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Getting an attorney is a good idea following a crash

Car accidents happen all the time, and it's fairly normal to think that you can handle the claims process on your own. The trouble begins when you start to get overwhelmed. You have a certain dollar amount you need, but the insurance company doesn't offer an amount anywhere close to it.

What do you do? A good attorney knows what a fair settlement is based on your medical history, the damage to your vehicle and other factors involved in your case.

What is the Killway in Toledo?

As someone who is on the road frequently, you may be familiar with the route from Fort Wayne, Indiana, to Toledo, Ohio. It's a commercial route, but it's the fastest way to get from point A to point B.

Driving along the route from Fort Wayne to Toledo is fraught with danger. It's a busy commercial highway. There are often many semitrucks and 18-wheelers taking up the lanes of the aging highway, making it dangerous for drivers.

Ohio to monitor high-speed highways for research

Ohio has seen a growing number of crashes in high-crash areas, and as a result, the state says it's going to start targeting them for research. On roads with a speed limit of 70 mph or greater, the impact of a crash can be devastating. The Ohio State Highway Patrol wants to find out how serious those crashes really are when viewing the data overall and to start decreasing the number of people speeding by increasing patrols as necessary.

Analyzing the high-crash areas could lead to a reduction in speed limits, at least temporarily, depending on the results. So far, the Ohio State Highway Patrol has reported a 24 percent increase in the total number of crashes on high-speed, 70 mph roadways. Those roads also saw an increase in fatal and injury crashes of around 22 percent since they changed from 65 mph to 70 mph in 2013.

Stores could be liable if you're hurt on Black Friday

Black Friday is nearly here, and with it there is an immense risk of injury. Many people want to go out and shop, but shopping creates liability for store owners on this particularly busy day. Shoppers push, shove and stampede to get the items they want at extremely low prices, but by doing so, they could hurt each other and put the store owners at risk of a lawsuit.

The National Retail Federation reports that 2013's Black Friday event drew over 90 million shoppers online and in store. In 2017, that number may be even higher. While people can choose to stay home and shop, many go out to grab deals off the shelves.

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