Sunday, April 22, 2012

Another Wrongful Death Crash in I-71 in Cincinnati

I-71 truck car accident
Another wrongful death was reported on 1-71 interstate 71 in Cincinnati. At about 3:30 AM a woman, Anna Gardner was traveling southbound in the northbound lane of interstate  71 and hit a semi tractor trailer truck head on.
Kevin Lane a passenger in the tractor trailer and Kenneth Cripps, the truck driver were transported to Bethesda Hospital with injuries.

It's so sad. And I'm left wondering how this lady was going the wrong way on the interstate. Condolences to everyone involved. There are some entrances that can be confusing if one is not watching carefully.

Legally this is not technically a wrongful death as the lady that died appeared to be at fault for traveling in the wrong direction. In fact this is the opposite of a wrongful death and if settlement can not be made with her insurance company an estate would have to be opened on her behalf.

A wrongful death claim occurs when someone is killed as a result of the fault of another. An estate has to be opened on behalf of the beneficiaries to purse compensation against the one who caused the death.

But in this case the truck driver and the passenger appear to have been negligently injured by the deceased driver. Since the driver is deceased, if the claim can not be settled with her insurance company an estate would have to be opened so the injured parties could have a legal entity to pursue.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Chris Smith Killed Wrongful Death by Hit and Run Driver Call Police

Chris Smith
Another reckless Hit and Run Driver has caused an auto accident the killed professional MMA fighter Chris Smith. Early reports from police are that a grey silver motor vehicle attempted to make an illegal pass which caused an oncoming car to swerve left of center of the highway and hit Smith's car in a full frontal crash.

Chris Smith was just starting out his career as an ultimate fighter but his life was cut short by this alleged hit and run driver. Dominique Steele was taken to University Hospital with serious injury, although reportedly not life threatening. There is a search on for the driver that fled the scene.

 Joshua Bach was reported to be the driver of the car that was forced left of center by the hit and run vehicle. He was taken to the hospital for his injuries.

From what can be pieced together from the early reports it appears that the Smith vehicle would have been traveling behind and in the same direction as the "hit and run" car. They had been traveling eastbound. The car crash happened on State Route 73. The car crash and wrongful death happened Thursday April 5th around 6 PM.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is asking for help. If you have any information please call the Portsmouth Post at 740-353-2888. If the wrongdoer happpens to read this article, you should turn yourself in. What has happened is grave and will change Cris Smith's family forever. However the first step in the healing and forgivenes would be for you to turn yourself in.

Hit and run car accidents are often difficult to solve. All resources should be marshalled such as your insurance company, private invetigators, accident reconstructionists, as well as the police. Compensation for the loss and justice for the injured and killed often need the public to step up even though they may not want to be involved.

By Anthony Castelli Attorney as a public service.


Wednesday, April 4, 2012

West Union Car Crash With Injuries Needs Witnesses

State route 32 car accident crash
A West Union Ohio woman, Regina Baldwin,  was injured in a car crash. Also injured were Jason Rogers, Christie Day and Katlyn Baker.

Preliminary investigation by the Ohio state highway patrol revealed Regina Baldwin was driving southbound on Moore's road. Jason Rogers was driving westbound on state route 32. The cars crashed at the intersection.

The  link below is from Google maps pinpointing the accident scene.

It appears from the photo and the google maps that Moores road is a stop sign controlled street. If this is the case then the driver coming from Moores road crossing Ohio  State Route 32 has a duty to stop and not enter the intesection until it can be done with safety.  There are multiple factors such as speed that can come into play. A determination of responsibility is never simple. As an investigation aide, google maps has been accepted as reliable and is a good investigatory tool for law enforcement and accident reconstructionists.

It is also accepted practice for a computerized Total station to document the scene so the roadway and the evidence at the scene can be recreated . As a Cincinnati car accident lawyer I have seen the total station in use and at times had to actually subpoena the evidence from the highway patrol. Although many of these cops are dilligent, their training in nothing compared to an engineer in the field.

The investigation appears ongoing. If you witnessed this accident please call the Brown County Georgetown highway patrol post at 937-378-69191 .

Anthony Castelli Attorney accident and injury law can be reached at 1-800-447-6549 if you need help to prove your case and win maximum money damages.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Cincinnati Car Accident Most frequently Asked Questions

What car accident law questions are most frequently asked. I consulted Avvo to find out. Here are some questions that you may be looking for the answer to if you have a personal injury insurance settlement claim. Contact a cincinnati personal injury lawyer to get your question answered.

How is it possible to know the value of my personal injury auto accident settlement?

How is it possible for an attorney to undervalue a personal injury case?

Do I need a lawyer for car accident ?

Do I need to hire a lawyer? What should be the final claim settlement $ amount?

Below is  the underlying fact pattern the question related to,

Hello, I was in a car accident in June 2010. The other person ran a stop sign and hit me on the left front. It was not my fault - Police report says the same. My co-passenger was hurt and her left thumb was fractured. She underwent a surgery and was immobilized for 6 weeks. Currently she is undergoing Physical therapy sessions. She was on a vacation to US and 40-50% of her vacation time is lost in this incident. My vehicle was totalled and I did received the amount. My insurance company is reimbursing the medical bills which I had to pay out of pocket - but it is being paid from my coverage. I have been told that I have the pay all the medical expenses after the final settlement. Is this normal? Should I hire a lawyer? What should be the final settlement amount?

Do I need a Lawyer? What is the average Settlement amount in my kind of case?

For anwers to your car accident injury questions just ask a lawyer with 30 years experience knowledgeable about Ohio personal injury settlement amounts and car accident settlement value.

Call Anthony Castelli Attorney for anwers to your car accident and personal injury questions 513-621-2345