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Car accidents: 2 dead, more hurt in Ohio

Police in Cleveland have confirmed the deaths of at least two people in a wrong-way crash on Interstate 480, according to local sources. Ohio authorities say that, in addition, several other people have been taken to the hospital. As with many car accidents, this one remains under investigation, but charges seem unlikely at this time. 

Very little information has been made available at this time. However, it appears that sometime around 4 a.m. the morning of March 14, a vehicle was heading westbound in the eastbound lanes of I-480 when it struck another car head-on at the point where the highway merges with Jennings Freeway. The driver of the wrong-way vehicle, who has not been identified at this time, was killed in the crash. 

Car accidents: 1 dead in Ohio crash

A passenger in a single-vehicle accident was pronounced dead following the Bazetta Township crash. The Ohio State Highway Patrol responded to the crash, which claimed the life of one person. No charges have yet been filed against the driver, but as with most fatal car accidents, this one remains under careful investigation by law enforcement authorities. 

According to the accident report, sometime around 12:11 a.m. the morning of March 5, the driver of a vehicle headed eastbound on State Route 5 appeared to lose control of the vehicle. The car exited the left side of the road and entered the median. The driver overcorrected while attempting to get back on the road, causing the car to drive off the left side a second time before striking a cable barrier. 

Tractor-trailer involved in serious crash

Two people were badly hurt after a serious crash on the evening of Feb. 23. The Ohio State Patrol has confirmed two people were injured in the crash, which involved both a passenger car and a tractor-trailer. Alcohol does not seem to have been a factor in the accident, but police are continuing their investigation. Charges could still be forthcoming. 

According to the accident report, a vehicle driven by a 74-year-old woman and carrying a 76-year-old male passenger was headed eastbound on Interstate 80 near Toledo Express Airport around 5:30 p.m. when the accident occurred. A tractor-trailer driven by a 31-year-old man reportedly rear-ended the older couple's vehicle with enough force to cause injuries to both individuals. The woman was airlifted to a local hospital and the man was taken by ambulance. 

Car accidents: 2 dead in Ohio

Two people lost their lives following a serious crash on Valentine's Day, according to local police. Ohio authorities in Cleveland are still investigating the accident that claimed the lives of two individuals and injured several others. As with many car accidents of this type, the cause has yet to be confirmed, but police suspect speeding may have been a factor. No charges have yet been filed against either driver involved in the crash. 

According to the limited information provided in the report, it appears a northbound vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed on E. 93rd when the driver allowed the vehicle to drift over the centerline. This caused a head-on crash with a second vehicle traveling the other way. The second car spun out as a result of the impact, striking a third car. The force of the impact caused significant damage to all vehicles involved. 

Car accidents: 2 dead, 2 injured in Cleveland

Police have confirmed the death of a second individual involved in a serious car wreck in Cleveland, according to local sources. Ohio authorities responded to the crash, which initially left one person dead. As with many car accidents, police are continuing to investigate the cause of the crash. For the moment, no charges have been filed against anyone involved. 

According to the report, a vehicle was speeding northbound on East 93rd Street when it crossed the center line into the oncoming lane. It is unclear at this time why the driver veered, but this led to a crash with a southbound car. That vehicle then struck a third and fourth car, heading north and south respectively. The force of the impact killed the passenger of the third vehicle. 

Car accidents: Ohio Teen dead following serious crash

Police have confirmed the death of a 17-year-old boy from New Carslisle following a devastating accident on a local roadway. The Ohio State Police have identified the deceased teenager as well as the other three teens in the car. Car accidents of this type are usually the result of driver error, negligence, recklessness or even intoxication, but require considerable investigation to determine their cause. 

According to police, it appears the young driver was traveling southbound around 7:25 p.m. on Feb. 9 when the accident occurred. For reasons unknown, the driver appeared to cross the center line before leaving the road on the left-hand side. This caused the car to strike a utility pole on the passenger side of the vehicle. 

Car accidents: Alcohol suspected in single-vehicle crash

Police are still looking into a serious accident that claimed one life and sent another person to a local hospital. Ohio authorities believe alcohol may have been a factor in the crash, which killed an 18-year-old male driver in the early morning of Jan. 4. As with most car accidents of this type, an in-depth police investigation is still underway as of this report. 

According to police reports, the 18-year-old was driving on SR 220 in Pike County at around 2:39 a.m. when the accident occurred. For reasons that have not been verified, the vehicle left the road after the driver failed to properly negotiate a bend in the roadway. The car smashed into a guard rail, killing the driver on-site. 

Federal agency plans new research into trucking accidents

Since Ohio is centrally located in the United States, it is common for large trucks to pass through the state on a regular basis. Drivers of passenger vehicles who share the road with trucks are justified if they are intimidated by the size of these trucks. Collisions with these trucks can cause serious injuries and fatalities. Because the roads are becoming increasingly dangerous, it is important for lawmakers to find solutions.

A plan is in place for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to compile information regarding how distracted driving is impacting truck safety. The agency says that it intends to research the factors that lead to truck accidents. In addition, systems that are placed in vehicles to measure the speed at which trucks are traveling, track if they are drifting into other lanes, and record when drivers hit the brakes hard will be part of the study. The goal is to determine where the main problems are and take steps to address them, to help make the roads safer.

Ohio saw rise in auto accident fatalities in 2019

Here and across the U.S., auto accident injuries and fatalities happen all-too frequently. There are many perceived causes for these collisions and law enforcement is constantly seeking strategies to reduce their number. Included in these causes are a distracted driver and a driver who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs. For people who have been hurt in a crash or lost a loved one, it is important to consider how and why it happened as they think about what steps to take in the aftermath.

With the start of a new year, law enforcement and legislators are cognizant of the dangers drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists and anyone else on the state roadways might face. This has led to an effort to crack down on risky behaviors. There was a rise in road fatalities during the Christmas season. In 2019, there was an increase in road deaths overall with more than 1,140 fatalities. This is not as bad as it was in 2017, but when compared to 2018, there was a 7 percent increase.

Important personal injury protections for motorcyclists

Spring is coming soon and a greater number of motorcycle riders will be taking to the roadways. Because of this, it is important for motorcyclists to be familiar with the legal protections available to them in their time of need after an unexpected motorcycle accident.

Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents are not uncommon due to inattentive, distracted and negligent drivers who fail to see motorcyclists or observe their right of way. These drivers can cause serious motorcycle accidents that injure and otherwise harm motorcycle riders. In two-thirds of motorcycle accidents that involve another vehicle, the driver of the other vehicle violated the motorcyclist's right of way and caused the accident.

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