October 2019 Archives

NHTSA says traffic fatalities down in 2018

Ohio motorists might be less likely to be involved in fatal accidents than in earlier years, but pedestrians might be at a greater risk. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that while there was a 2.4% drop in deadly crashes around the country in 2018, pedestrian deaths went up 3.4%. Cyclists and other people on vehicles with pedals may also be at risk, with a 6.3% increase in fatalities.

Gross negligence was behind Verrückt water slide fatality

Ohio residents may have heard that the Verrückt water slide was the tallest water slide in the world, opening in 2014 at the Schlitterbahn Water Park in Kansas City. The nearly vertical water slide was 169 feet tall, and park attendees would raft down it at speeds of up to 70 mph. However, this water slide was the site of a fatal accident in 2016: A 10-year-old boy went airborne on the slide and was decapitated by a metal pole supporting a safety net.

Study ranks 15 states with most teen drunk drivers

According to the CDC, 3.1% of adults drive after drinking too much. On the other hand, 5.5% of teens report driving after drinking despite the minimum age for alcohol consumption being 21. Some 623,000 teens aged 12 to 17 even suffer from alcohol-related disorders. Ohio residents should know that the number of teens who drink and drive differs from state to state.

How can crush injuries impact your future health?

Ohio residents like you spend a fair amount of time on the road. Unfortunately, the more exposure you have to other drivers, the higher your overall risk for getting into a crash can be. This in turn increases your chances of suffering from severe and painful injuries like crush injuries.

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