Ohio Ebike Laws
Prior to January 1, 2020, Ohio law was unclear as to the vehicle status of electric bicycles. Are they motorized vehicles, and subject to the same laws as cars, trucks, and motorcycles, or are they bicycles, and subject to bicycle regulations? The answer was unclear until the 132nd Ohio General Assembly passed H.B. 250, which lays out the specific regulations that apply to electric bikes. Now, Ohioans can ride their e-bikes with confidence, thanks to the new law.
Thanksgiving is a time to gather around the table, share a special meal, and give thanks. To those families in our community who are facing adversity or hardship, Rinehardt Injury Attorneys wants to lend a helping hand. We are excited to announce our second annual ThanksGIVEaway-putting turkeys on tables.
The Rinehardt Injury Attorneys‘s ThanksGIVEaway will be held Saturday, November 17, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. until noon at our Mansfield offices located at 2404 Park Ave. W. Like last year, we will be giving away a turkey and all the fixings for a great Thanksgiving dinner to 150 families.
We were so humbled by the gratitude expressed by the community at last year’s event, says Attorney John Rinehardt. We are very much looking forward to doing our part again this year to help put turkeys on tables during the holiday season.
We are reaching out for assistance in getting out the word of our ThanksGIVEaway. If you or someone you know needs help this Thanksgiving, please go to the home page of our website www.rinehardtlawfirm.com Scroll down to “know a family in need?” and click on “sign up here”. You don’t need to give us details; just the name and contact information of the person who needs a little extra help this holiday season!
If you would like more information about the event or would like to join us in our effort, please contact Hillary Rinehardt at firstname.lastname@example.org or 419-LAW-2020. You can also visit www.rinehardtlawfirm.com and send us a message on our contact us page.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration(NHTSA) and NASCAR have teamed up to promote vehicle safety. In 2015, our nation lost 35,092 in crashes across the U.S. ending a five-decade trend of declining fatalities. To help drivers stay safe, the NHTSA and NASCAR collaborated to address important issues facing drivers and to increase vehicle safety. With practical safety tips on topics like seat belts, recalls, tire safety, distractions and safety ratings, the program is sure to save lives.
Buckle Up. Every Trip. Every Time.
By far the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones in the car is the simple act of buckling up. Surprisingly, many Americans choose to forego a seatbelt when driving. You will never see a NASCAR driver without a buckled seat belt. Many people don’t know that wearing a seat belt can reduce the risk of fatal injury by 45%.
End Distracted Driving.
Distracted driving is the most dangerous threats we face when driving on the roads today. At any given moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using or manipulating electronic devices while driving, and that number is on the rise.
Tire Wise. Tire Safe.
Whether you’re driving to work or a NASCAR car driver, the condition of your tires is critical. Under-inflated tires and overloaded vehicles can cause tires to fail. Prevent tire blowout by checking the condition of your tires on a regular basis.
5-Star Safety Ratings
NHTSA’s 5-Star Safety Ratings Program provides information about crash protection and rollover safety of new vehicles. If you are in the market for a new car, be sure to take advantage of this free tool that will provide invaluable information.
Regular Recall Checks
The NHTSA also has a free VIN lookup tool you can use to check for safety recalls on your vehicle. Just enter your VIN number and the program will let you know if there are any open recalls. Best practice is to check your vehicle’s status a few times a year. If your vehicle is under recall, you simply contact your local dealership to schedule an appointment for a free repair.
Exploding Takata Air Bags
Defective Takata airbags have caused 15 deaths and more than 180 injuries resulting in the largest safety recalls in U.S. history. The recall affects 45 million cars across 19 manufacturers. Although there was initially an attempt to cover-up the problem, the primary objective right now is to get these defective airbags off of the road.
NHTSA Expands Do Not Drive Warning
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently announced that they are expanding their “do not drive warning” to include additional models of Ford and Mazda with defective Takata airbags. The MY 2006 Ford Ranger and Mazda B-Series trucks have been added to the “do not drive warning”list. If you have one of these trucks, DO NOT DRIVE IT! Testing showed these trucks pose a grave safety risk.
What Should I Do if I have a Car or Truck on the “Do Not Drive” List?
Contact the manufacturer to schedule a free repair. Ford and Mazda have replacement airbags available now and will tow vehicles to a local dealership. They will also provide free loaner cars, all free of charge. In the Takata air bag recalls, there are priority groups. Parts are only available for certain vehicles starting at certain dates.
Check for Recalls Twice a Year
The NHTSA recommends checking your car’sVehicle Identification Number (VIN) at least twice per year. Your VIN is on the lower left corner of your windshield and also on your car’s registration card. You can also sign up at NHTSA.gov/Alerts to be notified by e-mail if your vehicle is affected by a future recall.
If you or a loved one have been injured due to injuries from shrapnel or shards of metal or debris, contact our team at Rinehardt Injury Attorneys by clicking on the contact us tab or calling 419-LAW-2020 for a free case consultation today.
We have all heard that driverless cars are on the horizon. GM is currently testing a car with no steering wheel or pedals that it says will be ready for the roads in 2019. “Connected” vehicles are also in production, meaning cars will be equipped with Wi-Fi and other communication technology that enables them to share data with other connected vehicles, connected infrastructure and the driver’s smart phone. Many of today’s motor vehicles are already equipped with life-saving technology that helps drivers avoid drifting into adjacent lanes, warns drivers of obstacles when they are backing up, or brakes automatically if a vehicle ahead slows or stops suddenly.
Benefits of Automation
The main benefit of automated vehicles is safety. According to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 94% of serious crashes are due to human error. More than 35,000 people died in motor-vehicle crashes in 2015. By removing human error, automated vehicles will save thousands of lives and reduce injuries. In addition, automated vehicles have the potential to smooth traffic flow and reduce traffic congestion, saving time and money. New technologies will allow vehicles to constantly transmit and receive information about traffic flow, road conditions, accident, weather, and other driving hazards. Automated vehicles may also provide new mobility options to millions of Americans who are unable to drive due to disability or other limitations.
Ohio is on the Cutting Edge of Automated Safety Technology
DriveOhio, an initiative of the Ohio Department of Transportation, is the state’s new center for Smart Mobility-using the emerging technologies to move people and things from point A to point B in the safest, most cost-effective way. Since 2011, Ohio has invested $14 billion in infrastructure projects, making Ohio’s infrastructure among the safest and most “autonomous ready” in the country, including a 35-mile Smart Mobility corridor. Public and private entities are working together to design, develop, test and use autonomous and connected technologies.