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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.

Drivers need to take care during winter

Winter can be harsh in Ohio, which is why Ohio drivers need to make sure they drive safely to help keep other travelers safe. Failing to exercise care for the safety of other motorists and passengers when driving conditions become treacherous can result in negligence on the part of the driver and leave them liable to any victims for the damages they suffer in a car accident.

To make sure everyone stays safe on the roadways, Ohio drivers should ensure they practice safe winter weather driving habits and stay off the roads if at all possible when they are snow covered and dangerous. When drivers must drive during icy or snowy conditions, it is important for them to adjust their driving to provide additional stopping time and additional following distance between them and other vehicles.

What are traumatic brain injuries?

Traumatic brain injuries can be the result of a serious head injury that can be suffered in a motorcycle, car, or other type of severe accident. Brain injuries can significantly disrupt the lives of victims, which is why car accident victims and their families should be familiar with what they are and how they can get help coping with the aftermath of such an occurrence.

Brain injuries can be the result of either open or closed head injuries. A traumatic brain injury is caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head, or a penetrating head injury, that disrupts normal brain activity. Traumatic brain injuries can result in significant disability or death. During 2014, for instance, traumatic brain injuries resulted in 2.87 million in combined emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and deaths. Also during 2014, an estimated 155 victims died each day due to injuries including traumatic brain injuries.

How do I make an uninsured motorist claim for damages?

Being in an unexpected car accident can be traumatic enough, but if the other driver does not have car insurance, it can be especially overwhelming. As a result, injured car accident victims need to be familiar with the legal protections available to them so that even if the driver who is responsible for the accident is uninsured or underinsured, they stand a chance at recovering the compensation they deserve.

In circumstances where a negligent driver causes a car accident , the injured victim can always file a personal injury lawsuit in hopes of recovering damages for the physical, financial, and emotional damages they suffered in the wreck. Bringing a claim against a negligent driver can help victims with their medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages. What can victims of car accidents do to receive help with their damages when the negligent driver is uninsured?

Trucker texting and driving significantly increases accident risk

This blog recently discussed trucking industry regulations, and one area where truck driver regulations are strict is the area of distracted driving and texting while driving. Truck accidents can be caused by truck drivers who are texting while driving with catastrophic results for truck accident victims.

Federal rules limit the use of hand-held mobile phones and texting while driving by truck drivers. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's research revealed that the odds of a trucker being involved in a safety-critical event increased by 23.2 times if the truck driver was texting while driving compared to truck drivers who made the decision not to text while driving. Research also showed that truck drivers who text while driving remove their eyes from the roadway for an average of 4.6 second which, while traveling at 55 miles per hour, is equivalent to removing their eyes from the roadway for the length of a football field.

Victims of distracted drivers can get help seeking damages

Distracted driving is a serious concern on roadways everywhere, including in Ohio. Texting and driving kills and seriously injures hundreds of victims in the region each year. It is important for victims of distracted drivers to know how to seek to impose liability and argue for the recovery of compensation so that their physical, emotional, and financial damages can be appropriately addressed.

Laws in Ohio and Kentucky individuals can be pulled over for texting and driving given that there is a ban on texting while driving. Texting while driving is generally considered negligent behavior, and the fact that it is also illegal may be used as evidence of negligence if the victim of a distracted driver brings a claim for damages. Distracted drivers who are caught texting while driving may face serious penalties but may also face civil liability for the damages if they cause a car accident that results in injuries and other harm.

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