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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.

Suspected intoxicated driver kills 4, including toddler, in Ohio

Four Ohio residents, including a toddler, were killed recently when their car was hit by a suspected intoxicated driver.

The crash occurred in Ashtabula in the northeastern part of the state.

How common are teen driver crashes in Ohio?

Ohio roads see a fair number of traffic accidents. And it is not at all uncommon for such accidents to involve teen drivers. Statistics point to Ohio seeing tens of thousands of teen-driver-involved crashes a year.

Specifically, it has been estimated that 135,882 motor vehicle accidents involving teen drivers occurred in the state between 2015 and 2017.

Drivers not aware of limitations of car safety systems

Have you ever noticed that when you are doing something that you have become very complacent with, you sometimes miss something? Complacency can do that. On the other hand, when you were a little nervous but very focused on something, did you perform better than you thought? This phenomenon relates to the Yerkes-Dodson law, suggesting that performance can be improved when arousal in what you are doing is increased.

A new study shows that many new drivers in cars with advanced driver assistance systems are not following the Yerkes-Dodson law. These drivers are unaware of the limitations of these safety systems and complacency that the car is keeping them safe can actually put them in danger.

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