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.
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.
It may be possible to avoid a car crash in Ohio by simply following the rules of the road. One of the most basic rules is maintaining one's vehicle in a forward motion when driving in traffic lanes. Unfortunately, one driver on Interstate 65 in Indiana appears to have disregarded this rule, not only paying the ultimate price but sending two others to the hospital as a result.
Authorities continue to investigate a rollover crash on Interstate 70 that occurred in Preble County, Ohio, last Thursday evening. The accident caused the death of one of the vehicle occupants and sent the three others to the hospital. Additionally, the accident and the subsequent investigation caused a temporary shutdown of the eastbound traffic lanes in the vicinity of the crash.
Residents in Ohio should be able to trust that the efforts of advocacy groups, law enforcement agencies and other entities focused on public safety have made strides in getting drivers to be willing to put away their keys if they are going to drink. Unfortunately, there seem to be quite a lot of people who are simply too selfish to make this respectful and responsible choice.
People in Ohio should be able to trust that anyone granted a commercial driving license is committed to safe operation. They should also be able to trust that licensing agencies and other authorities appropriately monitor commercial drivers' records and take disciplinary action if and when needed. A recent fatal crash in New Hampshire unfortunately shows that this is not always the case.
Many in Hamilton may spend years developing good driving skills that they hope will help them to avoid ever being involved in a car accident. Yet all of the work may be rendered moot in a mere matter of moments by the reckless or negligent actions of another driver. One cannot control the actions of others on the road; rather, they can only hope that if they are in an accident, the insurer for the responsible party (or their own insurance) will offer enough to help cover their expenses. There may be cases, however, where accident victims and their families need to seek additional compensation through legal action.
Virtually everyone in Ohio today interacts with modern technology at some point on a daily basis. Regardless of age or other demographic factors, technology advances are everywhere from point of sale systems at the grocery store to smartphones and more. Some technologies are said to have real benefits for people, like the features built into new vehicles today designed to improve safety. Taken to its fullest extent, these manifest as fully autonomous vehicles.
Being involved in an accident is a car or truck accident is stressful. Dealing with insurance companies afterward can compound that stress.
The deadliest car crashes tend to involve commercial trucks due to their massive size and weight. These accidents are occurring more often, too. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 2017 saw a 10% increase from 2016 in fatal truck collisions and a 5% increase in large truck crashes resulting in injury.