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When should Ohio allow teens to get their driver's license?

You probably thought about it as soon as your child turned 13 years old. They would soon be able to drive themselves around in just a few short years. It’s not that you don’t trust them, but you worry about their safety on the road.

Ohio has 7.5 million licensed drivers and seven percent of them are under age 21. That’s almost a half-million inexperienced drivers on the road. Nationwide, teenagers are tragically involved in three times as many fatal accidents as other groups.

Motorcyclist woes: Stay safe while you ride

Motorcyclists love this time of year in Ohio because they can get back out on the roads without having to layer up in winter gear. Of course, even in warm weather, riding a motorcycle creates risks. Drivers are less likely to see motorcyclists, and they're also more likely to underestimate how fast a motorcyclist is traveling.

Motorcyclists don't have protection in a collision. There is no frame around them. Even with helmets and the right riding gear, falling off a motorcycle or getting hit can be extremely dangerous.

Try these tips to avoid a Columbus truck crash

Anyone who lives around Columbus knows how dangerous it is on the highways at the moment. There is a lot of construction taking place, and that makes traffic heavy. Along with roads that are rerouted to allow for other sections' reconstruction, the situation has created the perfect storm for truck accidents.

Truck accidents are fairly common in even the safest conditions, but on tight roadways where there's little room for error, like on Interstate 71, they're particularly dangerous. What can you do to stay safer in this congested area?

A Columbus surgeon is sentenced for his drunk driving injury case

A Columbus surgeon was sentenced in his Operating a Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol and/or Drugs (OVI) injury crash case on March 18. At the hearing, he found out that he'll be on probation for the next two and a half years and that he'll have his Ohio driver's license suspended for four. The judge also informed him that he can attend a three-day driver education class instead of going to jail.

At the defendant's sentencing hearing, prosecutors detailed how they'd been urged by injured parties to not request jail time for the doctor. They said that he'd previously served honorably in the U.S. Army and otherwise had a spotless record.

How can I avoid a motorcycle crash this spring?

This winter in Ohio has been dreadful. It's unlikely that you've had many opportunities to take your motorcycle out for many rides around Columbus. Spring is fast approaching, though. It's likely that you'll start riding your motorcycle more as the weather improves. Below are some tips that you should follow to remain safe on your motorcycle as springs begins.

Although you're apt to see far more sunny days as the start of spring nears, you're also likely to see a decent amount of rainy ones as well. You'll want to approach wet roads cautiously, especially if you haven't had to deal with them for a while.

Driving distractions and unnecessary actions

Generally speaking, there are just two things to consider when deciding if a specific action taken by a driver counts as a distraction. They are:

  • Whether or not the action was necessary
  • If the action took the driver's mind off of driving and impaired their ability

Interpreting distractions in this way shows you how widespread they are. Many people just think of cellphones and texting and driving. While texting and driving is a great example of distracted driving, you never want to assume that's all that matters. The reality is that many more distractions exist and drivers need to be aware.

Truck platoons stand to greatly reduce tractor-trailer crashes

While many of us hear a lot in the news about the latest automobile technology that allows motorists to get around in autonomous vehicles, very little attention is given to what the trucking industry is doing on this end. Just this month, though, it emerged that researchers are working on what's being referred to as "truck platoons," an automated way of transporting freight from one location to the next.

A truck platoon involves a lead tractor-trailer being placed in front of up to three other ones that are connected wirelessly to the front one.

Ohio pedestrian fatalities up 61% in 5 years

More Ohio pedestrians are being killed now than ever on state roadways, statistics show.

There were 88 pedestrian fatalities in Ohio in 2013, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. In 2017 – the last year for which complete statistics are available – 145 pedestrians were killed. That’s a new record, state officials say.

Columbus woman killed in hit-skip pedestrian accident

A Columbus mother walking with her teenage son at the side of State Route 61 north of U.S. 71 died after being struck by a southbound vehicle. The driver did not stop.

Mt. Gilead police are still trying to locate the vehicle that was involved in the accident, which witnesses have described as either a dark sport utility vehicle or a dark pick-up truck. Officials say that the vehicle will have obvious damage to its front fender on the passenger side and is missing its passenger-side mirror.

Columbus tops the list of cities with the highest rate of crashes

Columbus recently came in first in a list that no city wants to be at the top of. It was named the U.S. city with the highest car crash rate per driver.

That's according to a study released at the end of last year by the online insurance comparison site QuoteWizard. To compile its list, QuoteWizard looked at data provided by drivers who used its site about accidents they'd been involved in.

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