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Motor Vehicle Accidents

Why some semitruck drivers are unfit to be on the road

Semitruck drivers do not have the luxury of waking up after a full night's rest and hitting the road after a hot meal. Most truckers are driving long hours, eating fast food, with an hour or two of sleep between jobs. Their declining health can impact how they drive and put you in danger when driving around them.  You should know that a trucker’s health is not the only reason you may be in danger: New truckers can be unqualified for the job Driver shortages have caused the trucking industry to reduce the legal semitruck driving age to 18 years of age from the original 21 years of age. These...

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Why might a semitruck crash into you?

Any motor vehicle could cause a crash, yet semitrucks can cause crashes far more devastating than other vehicles because of their size. Their size can also make them more prone to crash. Here are some of the reasons to watch out for if driving around them: They are longer A truck driver cannot clear a junction as fast as shorter vehicles. Anyone on a motorcycle or in a car that misjudges how soon another vehicle will reach the intersection they are crossing can often get out of the way in time with a quick blast of the throttle. Or, they may be able to brake hard and stop just in time....

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Can you seek compensation for a drunk driving crash?

Drunk drivers are a danger to everyone who’s on the road at the same time as them. It’s imperative that all victims of drunk driving crashes take steps to hold that driver accountable for their negligence. This may help to prevent the driver from getting behind the wheel after drinking again.  One thing that some people don’t realize is that they can seek compensation for the damages caused by the impaired driving crash through the civil court system. This includes things like your medical bills, lost wages, damaged property, plus pain and suffering. This is possible even if the person faces...

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Don’t respond to aggressive tailgaters 

Many people across Ohio rely on the safe use of the roads to go about their daily activities. Usually, they are able to do this without issue. Unfortunately, there are times where drivers can run into trouble.  Road traffic accidents are common enough in the state to be worthy of concern. There are a number of different factors that can lead up to an accident, with driver distraction, impairment, speeding and reckless driving being some of the more notable sources. Among the most frequent causes of road traffic collisions is tailgating. Tailgating warrants further consideration as not only...

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Wearing high-visibility clothing while riding your motorcycle may save your life

If you tell someone that you’re a motorcyclist, their next question might be about whether you’ve been in any accidents. People tend to associate riding a motorcycle with an enhanced injury risk. One of the reasons why motorcyclists face such a high risk of injury is due to visibility issues. It’s not uncommon for motorcyclists to say that they didn’t see riders approaching them. Motorcycle riders can take measures to make themselves more visible to potentially minimize their crash risks. How likely is it for a driver to see a motorcyclist? The U.S. Department of Transportation previously...

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Do speed governors curb truck accident rates?

Many fleet companies began equipping their tractor-trailers with electronic controlled modules (ECMs), also known as "speed governors," some years ago. They did so to ensure that their truckers couldn't travel faster than a certain speed. Some research shows that these governors have led to a reduction in truck accidents.  How much safer are trucks equipped with electronic controlled modules? Data compiled by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) captures how motorists who allow their speed to deviate from the normal traffic flow are most apt to have an accident. The...

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Zen and the art of motorcycle safety

With spring upon us, motorcycle season has arrived in Ohio. The freedom on the road and the wind blowing in your hair brings big smiles to a motorcyclist just itching to ride after winter. Get your bike out of storage, have a mechanic look at it, and, then hit the road. Wait. Not so fast. Do not forget the safety aspects and responsibilities a motorcyclist must adhere to. Numerous road hazards exist for motorcyclists, and they include slick roads and distracted drivers. But some of the hazards are self-inflicted. Think alcohol and controlled substances use, which will make you an accident...

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Accident rates go up in winter

Although children may love to wake up to fresh piles of fluffy snow, winter precipitation is at best an annoyance for their parents. That is because digging out of snow and driving on weather-affected roads can be stressful and dangerous. The Ohio State Government offers drivers many useful driving tips to keep them safe and to avoid accidents when they must travel on roads affected by snow, ice and other forms of winter precipitation. Drivers are encouraged to maintain their vehicles to avoid breakdowns in already difficult conditions. Filling up windshield fluid, getting scheduled and...

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Whiplash is a serious car accident injury

Car accidents are a problem on Ohio roads, just as they are on the streets and highways of every other state in the country. They are caused by negligence, inattentiveness and sometimes, the intentional or reckless conduct of drivers. Often car accidents cause delays, financial headaches and other problems for victims. In serious accidents, victims may also suffer physical pain, injury and significant loss. Car accident injuries can range from minor to serious and can affect practically every part of the human body. One common form of car accident injury, however, is whiplash. Whiplash...

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What to watch for from a brain injury

Brain injuries are a serious type of injury that can be suffered in a variety of different ways, including in car accidents and other types of traumatic accidents. Like many other car accident injuries, they may not always be immediately obvious and may worsen over time so car accident victims should know what to watch for an what to do about it. Brain injuries can be open or closed head injuries but closed head injuries may be more difficult to detect. Regardless of the type of brain injury, brain injuries such as a traumatic brain injury can have a dramatic and devastating impact on...

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