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1 dead, 2 injured in semi crash in Columbus

Columbus has a lot of heavy traffic and construction, so drivers who are passing through the area have to be cautious. Unfortunately, not everyone pays attention. This may have been what led to a crash in Columbus that took the life of one and harmed two others.

According to the June 11 report, the crash happened when a semitruck swerved into another semi to avoid stopped traffic. The driver, a 69-year-old man, caused a chain-reaction crash.

If you're hit, do you know what to do next?

Motorcycle crashes are among the most dangerous. As a rider, you're exposed directly to the impact of another vehicle, the road and other objects. Depending on the gear you're wearing, you could suffer from road rash, get a concussion or have other serious injuries, even if the collision was relatively minor.

There are things you can do to reduce the likelihood of an accident, like wearing bright or reflective clothing and trying to make eye contact with drivers, but there's no way to completely prevent every crash.

11 hurt, 1 killed in serious crash in Ohio

Crashes can change the lives of many people in just a few seconds. One person's mistake, no matter how small, can be enough to cause a crash that results in injuries and deaths.

Take, for example, this crash that happened on Ohio 96. A man and his family were traveling home in a van coming from Shenandoah Christian Church when a pickup driver failed to stop at a stop sign and struck them.

What are some tips to avoid a truck crash in Columbus?

There's nothing worse than being trapped in a traffic jam, and Columbus is often home to them. With the highway being a major thoroughfare for commercial trucks, it's never a question of if you're going to see trucks on the highway but how many.

The problem with trucks is that they take up a lot of space. With seemingly continuous construction in the area, too, it can be an extremely hazardous situation the moment you enter the highway.

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.

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