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Car Accidents

Drivers need to clear the snow from their cars

Drivers make different types of mistakes every day, and many of these mistakes lead to car accidents. These mistakes only become more serious when the weather turns and the winter months set in. However, it’s important to note that all of these mistakes don’t necessarily happen when someone is behind the wheel. People can make errors in how they prepare for the drive, and those errors can eventually lead to an accident. One way that this happens is when drivers neglect to clear the snow off of their cars. Here are three reasons why: 1. Reducing visibility The first issue with this is that...

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The hazards of night driving 

Winter is approaching which means not only a change in weather but shorter days and longer nights. If you drive, then this means that your chances of operating your vehicle in the dark are higher.  Driving comes with hazards at any time and in any weather conditions, but there are some things you need to be aware of when driving in the dark.  Impaired visibility  The visual system of humans is not really designed to navigate in the dark. Headlights, street lamps and other safety measures can help somewhat, but they cannot mitigate all the risks of driving in the dark. The truth is that your...

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Why do teenagers cause so many car accidents?

When you look at car accident statistics, you’ll find that the greatest rate of fatal car accidents belongs to teenagers. Out of all the age groups, they cause these deadly crashes at the highest rate. That doesn’t mean that they cause the greatest total number of fatal accidents every year. It’s just that the age group from 16 to 19 years old is so small. The number of accidents they cause is vastly disproportionate to the size of that group, showing that these are the most dangerous drivers. So why is this? They may get distracted Distractions are a major issue for teen drivers. It comes...

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How can car stickers help you avoid a crash?

If you have been driving long, you have likely sat behind numerous drivers displaying stickers that announce who they have on board. Whether it’s “Careful. Baby on board”, “Careful. Precious cargo on board,” or a giant paw print with “Dog on board” is irrelevant. In both cases, the driver is telling you to take special care. You might find those stickers annoying. As a careful driver, you take care around every vehicle. Yet there is a good reason to give those vehicles a little extra distance, and it's not what drivers displaying them might think. Children and dogs are distracting It’s not...

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Has your vision been damaged after a collision? 

All of our senses are precious, but many people value their sight more than anything else. Unfortunately, this is something that can easily be damaged during a road traffic collision.  How do visual injuries occur during a crash? Can you make a claim for compensation if your eyesight has been damaged when driving?  Lacerations Vehicles are generally made of some pretty hard components. Metal, plastic and glass surround the driver and passengers. During a collision, larger pieces of hard material can fragment and become airborne. If a small shard of glass, metal or plastic comes into contact...

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When children get hurt, the whole family pays the price

Usually, the person who gets injured in a car crash or at a dangerous property is the one who suffers all of the consequences. They have a physical injury to cope with and medical bills to cover. They are the ones who miss work and who have to handle insurance claims. However, the situation is quite different when children get hurt. Whether they get attacked by a dog in a park or suffer broken bones in a car crash, children's injuries will affect not only their health and their quality of life but also their entire family. Injuries to children can often cost a lot more than similar injuries...

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Why you should reject an early settlement offer after an accident

The few days after an accident can be harrowing, especially if you suffered extensive injuries. Uncertainties about the future can lead you to make rash decisions, such as accepting an early settlement offer from insurance adjusters. Taking the money and moving on with your life may seem like a good move, especially if you are financially stretched, but it may not be your best option. Here is why. You will release the other party from liability If you agree to a settlement package offered to you by the at-fault party's insurer, it means that you are, in essence, closing your case. As a...

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Sharing the road with snowplows in Ohio

Winter is a season that brings both headaches and hassles – scraping a stubborn layer of ice off your windshield on frigid mornings, treacherous driving due to snow and learning how to navigate slick conditions along with other drivers. They are probably just as uneasy as you are when you get behind the wheel and the going is rough, with poor visibility.  There is one hazard that comes along with the wintry weather that some of us could use a few pointers on. That’s sharing the road with snowplows. They are massive and unwieldy, are lumbering along at a modest clip and often leave plenty of...

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Ohio is still seeing too many speeders

Early in 2020, a number of businesses shuttered their doors, and those who were able to started working from home. The net effect was that the roads were empty in a way that people have seldom seen -- and a few drivers took advantage of the situation to put their pedals to the floor and see just how fast their vehicles can go. Traffic is largely back to normal. However, the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) says that the speeding (along with other risky driving behaviors) hasn’t stopped. 100 or more miles per hour is becoming a common occurrence Columbus police officer Robert Barret was...

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Blackout Wednesday and the holidays increase drunk driving

In the next several months, there will be a number of holidays that could influence traffic. Halloween, Blackout Wednesday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve are all approaching, which can make this time of year more dangerous for people driving for work, school or other activities. Among the most dangerous days of the year and one to be particularly aware of is Blackout Wednesday. Blackout Wednesday is the day before Thanksgiving. It is a time when many people will be traveling and reaching their homes or families’ homes as they plan to see each other over...

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