A study found that drivers in Ohio are using their phones differently in 2018 than they were in 2014. The study tracked the behaviors of drivers at red lights at four different locations in Virginia. A report recently released by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, or IIHS, revealed the survey's findings. One of the key takeaways was that drivers were 57% more likely to use a phone to perform tasks other than making calls.
Every year in Ohio and across the U.S., drowsy driving leads to some 6,000 fatal car crashes. Lack of sleep is not the only culprit; drivers may suffer from an undiagnosed sleep disorder or take medications that cause drowsiness. Shift work and alcohol consumption also contribute to this alarming trend. Below are some tips that drivers can consider to avoid drowsiness behind the wheel.
Drivers in Ohio must constantly guard against distractions that take their attention off the road. Cellphones, dashboard touchscreens, interactions with passengers and other accidents represent leading sources of driver distraction. Due to the prevalence of these distractions, distracted driving accidents have become increasingly commonplace. The financial toll taken by distracted driving crashes has reached $40 million per year. The damages are second only to accidents resulting from driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, which produce $44 million in damages annually.
Winter poses a lot of challenges to drivers in Ohio, especially with the roads becoming icy and snowy and reducing traction. All the same, drivers are expected to stay safe and keep out of accidents. With the following tips, they can do just that with not much difficulty. It all begins with slowing down so as to retain as much traction as possible.
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.
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.