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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.

Do motorcycle helmets protect you against cervical neck injuries?

While most of us think that motorcycle helmets protect riders from head and neck injuries, researchers in the past have suggested that helmets put riders at a higher risk of fracturing their cervical vertebrae or suffering other spine injuries when they wear them. Now, however, researchers who recently published a study in the Journal of Neurosurgery note that helmets are more critical to preventing cervical injuries than previously thought.

Data previously published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration captured how 1,859 motorcyclists survived crashes in 2016 because they wore helmets. They also reported that 802 people who died could have been saved had they worn them that year.

What legal options do you have if bitten by a dog?

Dogs are many things to many people. They can be man’s best friend, a childhood playmate, a trial-run for having children. While many dogs pose no risk, others represent a danger to society. With 6 in 10 U.S. households owning a dog, the chances are good that you live near good dogs, bad dogs, and every kind of dog in between.

So, how does Ohio handle dog bite cases and what legal options does the injured party have?

Injury lawyers perform many services for victims of car accidents

Car accidents change lives, sometimes forever. It is probably pretty safe to assume that such changes do not improve the quality of life for accident victims. Instead, car accidents typically devastate a victim's along with that of his or her close family and friends.

The devastating injuries that often accompany accidents may be difficult to cope with. The financial damage associated with these crashes is often even worse because it prevents victims from getting medical treatment and paying for necessary living expenses. As you can see, there is very much at stake after suffering car accident injuries.

Common causes of truck accidents

Those who spend a lot of time on the road in Ohio know that car or truck accidents can happen in the blink of an eye. In many cases, it often feels like there was no warning that a collision was about to occur. While any vehicle crash can threaten a motorist's life, truck accidents are particularly dangerous because of these vehicles' sheer size and weight.

Even though an accident can happen for almost any reason, learning how and why many truck crashes occur may help you avoid danger before tragedy strikes. This is especially important for accident victims who believe that negligence on the trucker's or the trucking company's part contributed to the crash.

Motorcyclists: Stay safe while driving in Ohio this winter

The temperatures are plummeting in Ohio, but you don't want to give up riding your motorcycle. Perhaps it's your only mode of transportation, or maybe you just love feeling the really cold wind in your face.

If you insist on riding throughout late fall and into winter, make sure your bike has been winterized. Here are some reminders about cold-weather riding.

  1. Let's start with the obvious: Slow down. Everything is more difficult on frozen roads, including braking and taking the curves of the road safely. Go slow and steady.
  2. You keep your tires in great condition, but remember that tires perform differently in different seasons. In warmer months, your tires will warm up as you drive and give you better traction. When the temperature is freezing, and the tires are cold, there is less traction. Check your tire pressure frequently, too, since tires deflate faster in cold weather.
  3. Put a motorcycle tow company and repair shop in the contact list in your phone. Stop in and meet the people at the shop first and get to know them a bit so that you can call and ask questions or feel comfortable asking them to come help you out in an emergency.
  4. Open the garage door and see snow? Keep your motorcycle there, if possible. Your visibility will be dramatically reduced, and you also could encounter elements of Mother Nature such as black ice.
  5. As always, wear your proper gear: boots, pants, gloves, jacket and helmet, of course. (Most of these items can be purchased with heating elements installed, too.) You'll be warm and better protected in the case of an accident.
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