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Car Accidents

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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3 forms of support you’ll need after a car crash injury

If you survive a horrific car crash but suffer severe physical injuries, the collision and its impact on your health could become major defining factors of your future. Getting the right help after a car crash can drastically improve your quality of life. However, you can only ask for the help that you know you need. The following three different types of support are often all critical to someone's recovery after suffering serious injuries in a car crash. Serious injuries require expert medical attention If you have to cope with a spinal cord injury, a traumatic brain injury, an amputation...

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Long hours, driver fatigue and car accidents

When you start to break down a car accident, it’s often clear what happened. For instance, a driver ran a stop sign. However, when you start to get a bit deeper into it, you can learn a lot more about how many factors contributed and how long that driver was slowly moving toward a car accident. For instance, maybe the driver has been putting in extra-long hours at the office. They may not even realize how long these are or how detrimental they can be. After all, some have called America the world’s most overworked nation. This is just the norm. Even so, those long hours start to add up. The...

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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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