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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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