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Car Accidents

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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How much time do I have to file a car accident claim in Ohio?

Let’s face it, an auto accident can leave you physically and mentally devastated. Depending on the severity, a car accident can impact pretty much all aspects of your life. To resolve the financial and legal matters arising from an Ohio auto accident, it is important that you understand how car accident lawsuits work in the state.  It is not unusual to be overwhelmed and confused after a car accident. Besides gathering evidence, seeking medical help, calling the police and exchanging contacts with the other driver, it is important that you know how much time you have to file your claim...

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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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