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Your senses can protect you on a dangerous construction site

Construction workers in Ohio may not realize that their senses might provide more protection than their personal protective equipment. Four of our five senses -- hearing, sight, touch and smell -- can serve as warnings of imminent danger. Sight is likely the most critical sense when it comes to observing potential hazards. However, construction accidents can occur if workers are so focused on the respective tasks that they fail to see signs of danger. Alertness and awareness of the surroundings are crucial on a dangerous construction site.

Hearing is equally important, even among the many different sounds typical to construction sites. If each worker is familiar with the sounds surrounding their workstations, their sense of hearing will quickly warn them of hazards when operational sounds change. When the sound of drilling through concrete or a rotary hammer suddenly changes, the hearing sense will cause alarm, and if each worker pays attention to their own senses, many injuries might be avoided.

Why is a medical examination crucial after a car crash?

Many auto accident victims in Ohio and elsewhere choose to forgo a medical evaluation because they have no apparent injuries. However, some injuries like whiplash often remain hidden for several days or even weeks. Declining a trip to the doctor could harm.3 the outcome of a personal injury lawsuit that is filed after a car crash.

The successful navigation of a claim for damage recovery will not be possible if the plaintiff says he or she was injured without documented proof of doctor's bills and other medical expenses. Unfortunately, many individuals do not realize that they might have grounds for a lawsuit to pursue compensation for damages. A doctor might identify hidden injuries during a medical examination immediately or soon after the accident.

Potential signs of internal injuries after a crash

The car that hits you seems to come out of nowhere. You realize later that the driver came around a corner too fast and ran the red light. At the time, though, you just see the sudden flash of headlights and feel the impact as the two vehicles collide.

At first, you think you've gotten out of it without major injuries. You can't see anything that is wrong. Your adrenaline is pumping and, though you do feel a bit beat up, you don't think it's serious.

Spring forward to DST contributes to fatal car crashes

Ohio residents will no doubt feel drowsy after the spring forward to daylight saving time, but what they should beware of is driving in this condition. A new study published in Current Biology found an increase in fatal car crashes within the first week of DST. This increase is 6%, or about 28 additional crashes a year that end in death in the U.S.

Another finding is that the farther west one lives in a time zone, the greater danger there is of drowsy driving. The sun rises and sets later in these regions, and residents there already sleep an average of 19 fewer minutes than residents elsewhere in a time zone. Researchers determined that these regions see an 8% spike in fatal auto accidents after DST.

Drunk driving crashes: risk factors

Ohio residents who drive with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or greater are guilty of drunk driving. In spite of the heavy punishment that comes with an OVI conviction, though, drivers continue to do it and put themselves and others at risk. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that in 2018, one person was killed in a drunk driving crash every 50 minutes.

These are some common risk factors in drunk driving crashes. One is age with younger drivers forming the majority of drunk drivers. In 2018, for instance, 27% were between the ages of 21 and 24 while 26% were aged 25 to 34. Teenagers are susceptible, too. NHTSA estimates that setting the minimum drinking age at 21 has saved nearly 32,000 lives between 1975 and 2017.

Hurt in a multi-car accident? Which driver is liable?

If you get rear-ended at a red light or T-boned in an intersection, it's pretty easy to assign responsibility for the crash to the motorist who hit you. But when you get injured in a multi-car pile-up on the interstate, it can be much more challenging to determine which drivers may bear some or all of the liability for the crash.

Because these type of accidents can often produce catastrophic injuries for drivers and their passengers, it's important to take the necessary steps to determine who will have to pay for the medical bills and/or funeral expenses of those injured or killed.

Study connects school start times with teen safety on the road

The safety of teens on the road can largely depend on the amount of sleep they get. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends 8 to 10 hours for 13- to 18-year-olds. At the same time, teens tend to sleep late into the day, which can cause a conflict when schools start so early in the morning. One way to avoid this conflict, then, would be to change the times when school starts in Ohio.

One particular county in Virginia, Fairfax County, pushed its school start time from 7:20 am to 8:10 am. This change, made in 2015, and its possible effect on teen car crash rates were the subject of a study published in the Journal of Sleep Medicine. Researchers analyzed the crash rates for the year before the change and the year after.

How teen drivers can avoid distraction on the road

Teen and young adult drivers in Ohio are just as prone to distraction as those in other states. Indeed, there is a nationwide trend where drivers of all ages are becoming distracted by their smartphones. In a survey conducted by The Zebra, 38% of younger respondents (aged 18 to 24) admitted to texting behind the wheel.

Phone use poses a cognitive, manual and visual distraction and is consequently among the most dangerous acts that a driver can engage in. Even acts that comprise only one type of distraction pose a risk to safety: daydreaming, for instance. By taking these five tips into account, though, teen drivers can become safer on the road.

Driving on fewer than 6 hours of sleep can be deadly

Fatigued driving may not make as many headlines as something like drunk driving, but it can have ramifications that are just as serious. Tired drivers, and especially young drivers, tend to cause far more accidents than those who feel rested and alert behind the wheel.

One study, which found that as many as 30% of car accidents happened in part due to fatigue, noted that six hours was an important cutoff. Drivers who got more sleep than that tended to be much safer, while drivers who admitted to fewer than six hours of sleep caused a vastly higher number of accidents.

Auto safety pioneer criticizes stalled federal safety testing

Consumers in Ohio have depended on federal automotive safety ratings to guide their purchases since the 1990s. The federal five-star safety rating system arose in large part from the leadership of a safety advocate at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Her efforts alongside other automotive safety pioneers lead to the development of crash testing and crash-test dummies. Now, she works with Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, and she has published a report that is strongly critical of the federal government's apparent abdication of safety leadership.

Forty years ago, the United States provided leadership and innovation in the realm of vehicle safety testing. Federal safety ratings motivated consumers to buy vehicles with high safety ratings, and this behavior pushed automakers to design safer vehicles. The report noted that Europe, Asia and Latin America have since surpassed the United States as leaders in safety testing and regulation. Compared to U.S. regulators, European authorities perform four times as many tests on vehicles.

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