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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.

Four critically injured and one dead in Ohio 81-car crash

Most of the time, when we hop in the car, nothing significance happens. We safely arrive at our destination and then go back home. Unfortunately, whether one is driving down the interstate in bumper-to-bumper traffic or taking a more scenic route, it is possible that the drive will end in a car crash.

For example, an Ohio woman lost her life and four other individuals suffered injuries after being involved in an auto wreck on Ohio 81. The deceased woman, age 57, was sitting in the passenger seat of a convertible when the accident occurred.

Keeping the roads safe for Ohio motorcyclists

Spring has sprung in Ohio, and many motorcycle enthusiasts are taking their bikes out of storage and hitting the road. In fact, May has been designated as motorcycle safety month, and it serves as a good reminder to all motorists that they must share the road with motorcyclists, whether it is on a crowded interstate or a rural country road.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol reports that approximately 4,000 motorcycle crashes occurred in the state in 2016. In fact, the amount of fatal motorcycle crashes in Ohio rose 45 percent between the years of 2014 and 2016. With approximately 480,000 motorcycles currently registered in the state, this places Ohio as one of the top five states with regard to the number of people who own motorcycles. This makes motorcycle awareness of great importance.

Drugged driving is a growing concern in Ohio

Most people are aware of the dangers that driving under the influence of alcohol presents. They know that alcohol can alter a person's reaction time, perception and motor control, all of which could lead to drunk driving accidents. However, a growing concern in Ohio is the number of people who drive while under the influence of drugs.

The Governor's Highway Safety Association, along with the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility, has reported that, for the first time ever, the number of deadly accidents associated with drugged driving in 2015 was greater than the number of deadly accidents associated with drunk driving. In fact, the Ohio Department of Transportation also claims that in Ohio, since 2012, there has been a 25 percent uptick in accidents involving a drugged driver. In 2016, approximately 33 percent of crashes caused by an impaired driver involved drugged driving.

Holding negligent truck drivers accountable in Cincinnati

Semi-trucks traverse our nation's highways, making it possible to transport goods nationwide, which in turn benefits our nation's economy. Most people driving on highways in Cincinnati can expect that they will be driving in the company of semi-trucks. They naturally expect that semi-truck drivers will take the care necessary to drive safely. Unfortunately, this isn't always the case.

Semi-trucks drivers are often encouraged -- or even incentivized -- by their employers to make as many deliveries in as short an amount of time as possible. This may lead them to drive aggressively or to drive while fatigued. Unfortunately, such negligence can lead to devastating accidents.

2015 was a deadly year for truck accidents

In Cincinnati and across the nation semi-trucks and buses play an integral role in interstate commerce. Because of semi-trucks, oranges grown in California can reach store shelves in New York. However, truck accidents have the potential to be deadly affairs.

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, over 4,000 large trucks and buses were involved in a deadly accident in 2015. This is an 8 percent uptick when compared to the number of deadly accidents involving large trucks and buses 2014. The amount of deadly large truck and bus accidents has gone up 26 percent since 2009, but is down from its peak of over 5,000 deadly accidents involving large trucks and buses in 2005.

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