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Car Accidents

How to keep your kids busy on a road trip

Heading out to the park, the beach or just to visit relatives? If you’re a parent, it’s hard not to dread a road trip when it takes roughly 2.3 seconds (give or take) for the kids to get bored and restless in the back seat. If you don’t find a way to distract them from the trip, they’re apt to distract you -- and having your attention diverted from the road to break up a back-seat squabble can be dangerous. With that in mind, here are a few ways to keep your progeny occupied while you’re on the road: Bring an activity bag for each kid. Let each of your children fill a bag with their favorite...

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Why you should not settle a car crash claim too soon

If you are in a car accident, the following days can be confusing. There are claim forms to fill out and insurance companies to talk to. It is good to do these things while the accident is fresh in your mind. However, do not settle your claim too soon until you are sure that you have fully recovered from any injuries. Ohio has a two-year statute of limitations for personal injuries, meaning you have two years to claim. Some effects of a crash may not be evident for weeks, months or even years. Here are some examples: Traumatic brain injuries: The violence of a crash can mean your soft brain...

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3 summertime driving tips

Ohioans are no strangers to having seasonal weather interrupt their commutes — from winter’s falling snow to autumn’s falling leaves. Thankfully, it’s almost summer and those worries can go out the window, right? Not exactly. Rather, warmer summer months often bring on new driving challenges because of both weather and non-weather-related conditions. Below are three ways to help you adjust to the unique driving dangers that kick in during the summer. Plan alternative rides Taking advantage of the beautiful summer nights with friends and loved ones is a privilege everyone should be able to...

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3 types of distractions make it dangerous to eat and drive

One thing that many people do is drive while eating. Most people don't think that eating while driving is dangerous, and the majority of people who do it have done so for so long that it is commonplace. The problem with distractions is that they come in many forms. While it is not illegal to drink or eat behind the wheel, if you get into a wreck because of eating, spilling a drink or otherwise being distracted by food, you could face serious penalties. There are three kinds of distractions that you have to watch out for. These include manual, cognitive and visual. Here's a little more about...

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Know what to do when you are in a car wreck in Ohio

Anxiety and stress are common after a car crash. These are virtually impossible for you to prepare for ahead of time. It is a good idea to think about what you are going to do if you are in a crash before you are even involved in one. This can give you the background to know what needs to be done. There are several things to think about if you are ever hit by another vehicle. Your plan should encompass what to do at the scene and what you must do afterwards. Here are some important points to remember: Contact the police There is a misconception that every accident requires a police officer...

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Been in a car accident? Watch for hidden injuries

The immediate aftermath of any type of car accident is almost always traumatic -- and overwhelming. It's often hard to think straight and the adrenaline in your body can actually override pain sensations, making it hard to even know if you're injured or not. On top of that, some injuries have a knack for not being obvious at first. That's why anyone who has recently been in a car accident needs to be conscious of the possibility of "hidden" injuries that they or their family members may have. What relatively benign symptoms can be the potential sign of a serious problem? 1. Shoulder and neck...

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Drowsy driving is too dangerous to risk

How tired are you? If you're like most Americans, you're probably more tired than you should be. The distractions and demands of modern life make it almost impossible for a lot of people to get enough sleep -- which is a big problem for drivers. Drowsy driving is actually considered as dangerous as drunk driving. Sleep deprivation and intoxication affect the mind and body in similar ways. Both can affect your reaction times, your ability to focus and the clarity of your decisions. How do you know if you're driving drowsy? Here are some signals that you need to take a break: You find your...

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How to spot a distracted driver in Mansfield

Distracted driving continues to be a problem on the roads of Ohio even as law enforcement officials continue to crack down on the various offenses. Distracted drivers can cause some of the most tragic accidents in Mansfield. Even though you might be a safe driver who does not let distractions bother them, you cannot guarantee that the other drivers around you are the same. Here's how to spot distracted drivers in Ohio. One of the biggest things you need to look for when trying to spot a distracted driver is how well he or she stays in his or her lane. Drivers who continue to weave back and...

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Spring driving safety tips

Whether you're ready for the crazy weather in an Ohio spring or not, it's already here in much of the state -- where weather in February and March can go from winter white one day to warm rain, strong winds and even hail the next. That means drivers need to be particularly wary on the roads right now, especially if they commute any distance. Forty minutes on the highway either north or south can make a huge difference in the type of weather you see, even on the same day. Here's how to play it safe: 1. When the weather gets rough, turn down the radio. While you're at it, turn off your phone...

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The mysterious world of the auto insurance claims

For most consumers, what happens on the insurance side of the fence after an auto accident is a total mystery. For that matter, what they need to do themselves immediately in the aftermath of an accident can also be confusing. Experts say that most consumers only have to deal with a claim about every eight years or so. That's not often enough for most people to remember what to do and what happens next. Here's some information that can help. Jot down (or photograph) as much as possible With a little luck, your claim will be nice and easy, and everything will go smoothly. Just in case it...

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