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Car Accidents

A car accident could leave your child with life-long disabilities

As a parent, how often do you think about the safety of your child? Odds are that your answer is something along the lines of “all the time” or “constantly.” It’s natural to worry about your child’s safety and do everything you can to protect them. This is something you especially need to think about when you get in the car. Remember, traffic accidents are the leading cause of death for most children and even young adults. Older adults face higher risks from things like cancer and heart disease, which are tied to age and take time to develop, but accidents are exceedingly problematic for...

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Does your car’s size affect your crash survivability?

The demand for trendy vehicles varies according to many different factors. But one factor that dictates which autos will be in high demand is their crash safety ratings. Many car owners have flocked to buying sport utility vehicles (SUVs) in recent years because they believe that their size and how high they sit above the ground improves their safety. Does it, though? If you're wondering if a car's design affects your crash survivability, there is data that suggests that it might. Are smaller cars less safe than larger vehicles? The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) compiled...

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Teenage drivers: Thousands on the roads put others at risk

If you’ve ever been on the road when school lets out in the afternoon or during the summer break, you may have noticed that there are more teen drivers. Younger drivers may make simple traffic mistakes that cause near-misses and crashes, which may make it frustrating to be on the roads with them. Teens are learning, so it does make sense that they make mistakes. Unfortunately, those mistakes can sometimes be deadly. If you’re hit by one, then it is your right to pursue a claim against them for causing injuries or fatalities. Did you know that 7% of all drivers in Ohio are under the age of...

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Why are rural roads more dangerous than other ones?

People often think of city traffic as chaotic and dangerous. Conversely, they think of a drive down a rural country road as something fun and even relaxing.  However, studies have found that rural roads are more dangerous when you look at the fatality rates. Why are they so dangerous, even though people tend to think of them as safer areas to drive? The role of speed Speed plays a tremendous role as far as rural accidents are concerned. A city street has such vastly lower speed limits that accidents are easier to survive. Even if there are more cars and more collisions in the city, those...

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How car crashes are particularly dangerous for your kids

Car crashes are a major contributor to injuries and fatalities for people of all ages. However, there is no ignoring how dangerous collisions can be for those who are not yet adults. Children ride in vehicles designed for the safety of adults and restraints similarly designed for those taller and heavier than they are. Even with specialized car seats and boosters, children can suffer severe and fatal injuries in crashes. How much focus should you put on your children's safety when you head out for a drive? Certain mistakes drastically increase the risk to your children Harm reduction or risk...

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Watch out for road rage

Modern life can be full of stress. If you are having a bad day, your problems do not magically disappear the moment you get behind the wheel of your car. They travel as an unwanted passenger with you. The same happens for all other drivers. When another driver gets angry with you, the real reason for their ire probably lies elsewhere. Unfortunately, when they focus that anger on you, it can have potentially deadly consequences. How common is road rage? Road rage and aggressive driving are widespread. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, eight out of every 10 drivers said they...

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Speeding drivers put themselves and others at risk

Speeding drivers are responsible for a quarter of all road deaths. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), speeding kills more than 9,000 people each year. That is around three times more people than distracted driving kills. Young males are the most significant speeding risk Young male drivers often complain about the high insurance premiums they face. However, the crash statistics back up the fact that young males are most likely to cause a speed-related crash. Male drivers between 15 and 24 in fatal crashes are twice as likely to have been speeding as...

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You may have a case if you lose a loved one to a drunk-driving crash

Ohio has its fair share of drunk drivers. In fact, in 2018, there were 26,614 OVI arrests in the state, based on data from the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Drunk driving is a serious problem, not only for the intoxicated driver, but also the people around them. If they cause a collision, then others could be hurt or killed. It is important to note that an OVI can include many kinds of intoxication. A driver who is affected by illicit drugs, alcohol or even prescription medications could be held accountable for driving while impaired. What do you do if you lose a loved one in a drunk driving...

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Avoiding a crash is possible: Remember these 3 tips

As someone who has to be on the road often, you know the risks. You see drivers who weave in and out of traffic in a hurry. You see people who struggle to stay in their lanes. There are many reasons why people make mistakes on the road and put others (and themselves) at risk. Fortunately, you have some options for keeping yourself safer. With the following three tips in mind, you may be able to avoid a crash, even when others aren’t driving safely. Stay out of the left lane One of the best tips for avoiding a crash, according to Edmunds, is to avoid staying in the fast lane. The far left...

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Multiple people hurt in construction zone crash on U.S. 23

Construction zones are a way of life in Ohio. The roads are constantly being updated. Unfortunately, that does mean that the State Highway Patrol does have to respond to serious injury crashes often. Take, for example, this case that happened on U.S. 23 in Marion County involving a woman from Mansfield. The 38-year-old woman was injured in a two-car crash in Pleasant Township at around 3:48 p.m. A man, 34, was driving a Ford Crown Victoria when he hit the 2015 Chevrolet pickup truck that was being driven by the 38-year-old woman. The woman’s vehicle also had a trailer attached. The...

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