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Intoxicated driver causes multi-car crash in Cincinnati

It seems like every week drivers who should not be out on the road are hitting the streets and jeopardizing the safety of not only themselves and other passengers in their car, but anyone else out on or near the roads. Such was the case recently when a driver under the influence of heroin was traveling on southbound Interstate 75 near the Western Hills Viaduct in Cincinnati, Ohio, and crashed into a semi-truck as well as another vehicle.

The accident occurred in late morning on July 15. An eyewitness video showed the driver of the black Chevrolet as well as his passenger sitting outside the car, unconscious. The driver was subsequently booked on operating a vehicle while intoxicated charges. A recent rise in the tri-state area of heroin-related accidents have police concerned. An opioid epidemic in the area seemed to have played a role in this increase.

Understanding the risks to motorcyclists on the roads

Throughout Ohio, it is not uncommon, especially during the warm summer months, to see motorcycles on the road. It is important for car drivers to be aware of this, and to be mindful about sharing the roads with motorcycles. Motorcyclists have many unique dangers on the road; understanding some of these risks, whether you are on two wheels or four, could help prevent a serious or catastrophic accident.

With their smaller size and relative rarity on the roads compared with traditional cars and even trucks, many drivers forget that they are sharing the roads with motorcycles, and may not see them when changing lanes, turning or approaching an intersection. Studies say that 70 percent of accidents involving motorcycles occur at intersections. When an accident occurs, motorcyclists are 26 times more likely to die and five times more likely to suffer an injury versus someone in a car.

How dangerous is distracted driving?

While modern technology has been nearly universally embraced by our younger generation, residents from Cincinnati, Ohio, and the surrounding area have come to learn that it comes with its own set of problems. Social media has become a phenomenon in the world, and many members of our younger generation find themselves glued to their tablet or smartphone. While this is not necessarily dangerous at home, younger drivers are also finding it hard to stay off their phones while on the road. And the results can be deadly.

According to the United States Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 3,477 deaths on the roads as a result of distracted driving in 2015. This is not entirely attributed to cellphone use, as distracted driving can take many forms including but not limited to: eating, applying makeup, talking to other passengers and playing with the radio.

Ohio judge orders drunk drivers to install ridesharing apps

While most people know that drunk driving is dangerous and against the law, there will always be those who think they are above the law or even that they are better drivers after having a few drinks, and will drive while intoxicated. Unfortunately, even if a person is charged with drunk driving, many will continue to drive drunk in the future, causing accidents that injure or kill others.

One judge in Ohio has come up with an interesting way to penalize drunk drivers. As part of their sentence, drunk drivers are being ordered to install the Lyft and Uber apps on their cellphones.

Car crash involving wrong-way driver kills two

It only takes a split-second for an accident to occur on Ohio's roadways that alters the lives of those involved forever. Those lucky to survive a car crash may still be seriously injured, and in the worst of circumstances, car accidents can claim the lives of innocent people.

A recent auto accident in Mt. Orab, Ohio, has claimed the life of two people and injured three others. A Kia Optima was heading due west in the eastbound lanes of traffic. It struck a GMC Sierra. Following that, the Kia Optima struck a Mazda 6.

Apple software update could be the key to safer roads this fall

Distracted driving has become an increasing contributor to automobile accidents across America. According to the Pew Research Center, 95 percent of Americans now own cellphones. Moreover, 77 percent of Americans own smartphones, up from 35 percent in 2011. These devices pose particular challenges to road safety, since they deliver a range of applications and functionalities that can trigger distractions for a driver.

Sleep Apnea treatment may prevent drowsy driving

Drowsy driving is a known cause of car accidents in Ohio. However, some still get behind the wheel, despite being too tired to drive. And, for the 25 million adults that suffer from Sleep Apnea, a good night's sleep is the stuff of dreams.

When a person has Sleep Apnea, his or her upper airway collapses as they sleep, causing poor sleep. This makes the person feel tired during the day. Nevertheless, some will still insist on driving.

Ohio attorneys help car accident victims understand their options

It only takes a split-second -- someone runs a red light, fails to yield, is drunk or is texting and driving -- for a car accident to occur. While some car accidents in Ohio are mere fender-benders, others are much more serious, leading to injuries. These injuries may require hospitalization or even, in the worst of circumstances, leading to fatalities.

When a person is in a car accident caused by another's negligence, often, they think they just need to call their insurance company. After all, that is what car insurance is for, right? However, prior to talking to an insurance representative or agreeing to any settlement, it might help to speak to a motor vehicle accident attorney.

How does alcohol affect an Ohioan's ability to drive?

This past Memorial Day weekend, many people may have drank at a backyard barbecue, the beach, a neighborhood block party or another celebration ushering in the unofficial beginning of summer. However, alcohol use can have a serious effect on a person's ability to drive. Driving entails being able to concentrate, make sound decisions and reacting on the spot to risky situations. Alcohol use affects all these abilities.

For example, alcohol use can slow reaction time, which may lead to a car crash. A person's coordination is also affected by alcohol use. For example, consuming too much alcohol can make it difficult for a person to enter their vehicle and start its ignition, much less walking and standing.

Avoid construction zone car accidents this summer

Summer is approaching in Cincinnati, and with it, drivers will notice a ubiquitous summertime feature on the roads: orange construction barrels. Road construction can be a headache for those driving through it, even if the end results of the construction are streets and highways that are better to drive on. However, driving in construction zones takes extra care, so that car accidents do not occur.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, over the past five years, 4,400 individuals lost their lives in construction zone accidents and 200,000 individuals suffered injuries in work zone accidents. Rear-end accidents were the most prevalent type of construction zone accident.

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