Most drivers understand that there are certain times of the year when the roadways are busier and the odds of an accident are increased. For instance, approximately 400 people die each year during Memorial Day weekend and the accident rate is 13.1 percent higher when compared to a non-holiday weekend. Research indicates that more than 40 percent of accidents during this time period are alcohol-related.
Ohio motorists may not understand the complexities behind their vehicle's airbags, nor do they necessarily need to. They just need to know they work if they're ever in a car crash.
A two-car accident resulted in the deaths of three people in Ohio on April 13. The fatal head-on collision took place while both of the vehicles were traveling along Ohio 16 in Licking County. Police said that alcohol or drugs were not likely factors in the accident. However, like most motor vehicle accidents, the investigation was not yet concluded when police made the report.
Authorities in Ohio have reported that an Ottawa County accident on April 12 involving a car and a motorcycle claimed the life of a 59-year-old man. An Ohio State Highway Patrol representative said that the accident was caused by a sedan crossing into oncoming traffic after swerving to avoid a stationary vehicle in the roadway. The collision occurred at the intersection of Ohio State Route 2 and North Carroll-Erie Road near Port Clinton at approximately 12:30 p.m.
Police say that they took a 41-year-old man into custody after a traffic stop in West Virginia. They believe that he was responsible for a fatal crash that took place at U.S. Route 35 at Township Road 213 in Jackson County at about 5:30 a.m. on March 12. According to authorities, the man's semi collided with a truck driven by a 21-year-old man after running a stop sign.
Motorcyclists who are 18 years of age or older are not required to wear a safety helmet in Ohio, but they may be wise to do so considering the sobering fatality statistics among riders. While the number of motorcycle riders who died on the roads fell from 4,986 in 2012 to 4,668 in 2013, riders are still 26 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to be killed in an accident per vehicle mile driven, according to NHTSA.
Police in Ohio may press charges against an 18-year-old woman in connection with a Feb. 26 accident that resulted in the deaths of two people. Investigators said that they believed that speed played a role in the single-car accident.
Some Ohio residents may know a person who has suffered a spinal fracture in a car accident or while on the job. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the most common locations for spinal fractures are in the lower back, or lumbar spine, the mid-back, or thoracic, and at the connection between the two, also known as the thoracolumbar junction. These types of fractures are usually caused by high-velocity impacts, such as falls from heights or in a car accident.
In Ohio and around the country, drivers are reminded to stay focused on the road and avoid distractions when behind the wheel. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than nine people are killed and another 1,153 are injured each day around the country as a result of distracted driving.
All Ohio drivers are at risk for becoming involved in a car accident at some point during their lives. Even in crashes that do not appear to be serious, those who were involved may potentially suffer some physical effects. One of the most common injuries that is suffered is whiplash. This type of injury occurs when a collision results in a force that causes a person's head to violently snap back and forth. This violent movement may cause soft tissue damage near or around the cervical vertebrae. Those involved in crashes may sprain the ligaments in their neck, injure the joints in their spine or strain the muscles and tendons in the cervical area.