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The deadly epidemic of impaired driving in the United States

With the last holiday of the summer, Labor Day, approaching quickly, now is a good time to take a look at the deadly effects of drunk driving in the United States and how it affects millions of Americans each year. A look at statistics provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding impaired driving shows some very disturbing facts about the problem.

In 2015, there were over 10,000 deaths as a result of drunk driving. This amounts to nearly one-third of all deaths on the roads in the United States. In the same year, there were almost 1.1 million drivers arrested for driving under the influence of either alcohol or drugs. Since several states have begun to legalize marijuana, combined with the opioid epidemic in the United States, it is important to recognize that driving under the influence includes not only drunk drivers, but drivers under the influence of drugs. Professional golfer Tiger Woods, for example, made national headlines a few months ago after being arrested while driving under the influence of prescription drugs.

Truck accidents could lead to serious head injuries

In previous posts here we have discussed the specific dangers of sharing the road with trucks. Due to their oftentimes enormous size and weight compared to traditional passenger cars, it is not uncommon for truck accidents to lead to catastrophic or even deadly injuries. While we may take every necessary precaution to try to prevent an accident, factors outside our own control could still lead to an accident.

Brain injuries are common during automobile accidents, including truck accidents. Any blow to the head could cause a head injury, which could lead to severe and possibly permanent damage. Due to the complexity and importance of the brain for a human to function, it comes as no surprise that a brain injury could lead to long-term or life-long consequences for an accident victim.

Helping you take action after a motorcycle crash

During the warm summer months, Ohio residents tend to see motorcyclists on roadways across the state. Whether it is for an enjoyable ride or used to commute to work, motorcycles are considered to be efficient vehicles and an effective form of transportation. Although we are in the peak of summer, this does not always mean that motorists are prepared to share the road with these smaller vehicles. Because of their smaller size, it can be difficult to spot motorcycles. This is why motorists are urged to double or even triple-check before changing lanes or making a turn. However, some drivers fail to uphold their duty of care when driving, resulting in a serious or even fatal motorcycle collisions.

The aftermath of a motorcycle crash can be devastating and tragic. Motorcycles are not equipped with the same safety features that automobiles have. There is no hard outer shell to absorb the blow of a crash and protect occupants. In a motorcycle crash, riders are often thrown from their bike, subjecting them to injuries to their head, neck, back and limbs.

Recognizing the dangers of trucks on the roads

It is not uncommon for people to underestimate the inherent dangers of trucks on the roads. After all, we see them every day, whether it is a garbage truck running up or down our block in or near Cincinnati, Ohio, or an 18-wheeler barreling down the interstate.

Trucks are generally much larger than traditional passenger cars, both in size and weight. This means that they not only require more distance to speed up or slow down, but that they are not as agile on the roads and cannot maneuver around potential hazards as easily as cars. This also means that when these trucks are involved in an accident, the results are often far more serious or catastrophic for all parties involved.

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.

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