Children under the age of 15 years who live in the South have a higher chance of being killed in a motor vehicle accident than in any other region in the United States. Ohio parents might want to know that their region is safer than the South, but it still lags behind other parts of the country.
There is no doubt that the auto industry is dealing with significant changes. Over recent years, the development of self-driving car technology and the rise in popularity of ridesharing services has brought many companies to reconsider how they conduct their business. As technology continues to develop, so too will changes in associated industries.
Many Ohio motorists have had the experience of looking in their rear-view mirror and noticing that there is a vehicle following behind them much too closely. Following too closely, passing in an area where passing is prohibited and making erratic lane changes are just a few examples of what the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration refers to as aggressive driving.
Many motorists may find that high-traffic roads that intersect with busy highways can be extremely dangerous. In fact, in Ohio, there have been more than a dozen car wrecks at a particular intersection, some of which have been fatal, and city officials are contemplating eliminating the intersection.
Economic growth has brought one negative side effect to Ohio's highways: with more semi-trucks on the road, commercial vehicle crashes are also up. According to the Springfield News-Sun, crashes involving trucks, buses or other commercial vehicles increased by 13 percent from 2012 to 2015, and fatalities from such crashes increased by 12 percent.
If you have been involved in a car accident in Ohio, one of the first questions that you may have after seeking medical treatment is how it is determined who is at fault for the accident. Establishing liability is necessary before you can receive compensation for the damages that you suffered.
Gas prices in Ohio and around the country have been relatively low for some time, and this is one of the chief reasons for an increase in U.S. traffic accident fatalities, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. While car makers are equipping their vehicles with an ever widening array of sophisticated safety features, the federal agency says this has not been enough to prevent auto accident deaths in 2015 increasing by more than 7 percent compared to 2014 figures. The data was released in an Aug. 26 report that NHTSA hopes will act as a call to action for lawmakers and police departments around the country.
Most Ohio motorists understand the hazards of drinking and driving. Drowsy driving, however, also poses significant risks. A lack of sleep impairs people to an extent similar to alcohol. The Governors Highway Safety Association has released a report about the safety issues created by sleep-deprived people who operate motor vehicles.
Ohio residents might have heard about a head-on collision that left four Secret Service agents injured. The accident happened during the evening of Dec. 29 in New Hampshire. According to the report, the crash occurred on Route 16 after a 45-year-old man traveling in a northbound Mercury Sable traversed the centerline and collided with the Ford Taurus carrying the agents.
Driverless cars may be the key when it comes to reducing the number of car accidents in the future. However, currently, Cleveland motorists may be surprised to learn these self-driving vehicles are involved in accidents at twice the rate of human-driven automobiles.