A head-on collision in Ohio left seven people injured on Nov. 16. The crash happened on State Route 344 near Leetonia at 3:45 p.m. After investigating the accident, Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers said that a 2011 Chevy Traverse crossed the center line of the road and collided head-on with a 2012 Kia Sportage. The investigation had not yet been concluded when the accident was reported.
Although the vast majority of vehicle miles driven in Ohio are completed without incident, there are still a number of serious accidents that occur. Careful attention to the statistical data collected on automobile accidents can glean important insights about driver safety.
Efforts by law enforcement professionals, activist groups and politicians over the past 30 years have raised awareness of the problem of drunk driving in Ohio and around the country. As a result, many people have become aware of the dangers of driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In recent years, people have become more aware of other hazardous behavior behind the wheel, such as being distracted due to texting and driving, or perhaps not getting enough sleep.
Car accidents on Ohio roads can range in severity from minor to catastrophic, but some of the most serious events involve drivers under the influence of alcohol. Unfortunately, this continues to be a serious issue among young drivers who aren't even legally permitted to consume alcohol. In fact, one-fourth of underage drivers involved in fatality wrecks have been under the influence of alcohol at the time of the incident. The issue is of such major concern that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is working with the Ad Council to target this situation.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, red-light running crashes are a significant danger in Ohio and around the country. In a traffic safety report, the agency reported that there were more than 2.3 million intersection crashes nationwide in 2008, which resulted in 7,770 deaths and around 733,000 injuries. Red-light running accounted for 762 of those deaths.
Accident statistics provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicate that the number of lives lost each year on the nations roads has been falling steadily since the mid 1980s. The number of road users killed dropped by more than a third between 2011 and 2014, and many observers feel that this is largely due to the improved safety features found on modern cars, pickup trucks and SUVs sold in Ohio and around the country. These features work especially well in high speed collisions.
Although self-driving vehicles are not yet available to the general public, several companies around the world are developing and testing their own self-driving features, systems or vehicles, some of which are being tested on public roads. These developments in automobile technology could make some Ohio drivers wonder who would be held liable for a traffic accident that a self-driving vehicle caused.
According to a report by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, deadly fog- and smoke-related crashes have declined over the past 20 years, but they still remain a significant threat to highway safety in Ohio and nationwide. In 2012, fog caused 385 fatal crashes in the U.S.
Ohio motorists may find it interesting that some drivers who had been blamed for deadly car wrecks are using the recent recalls by General Motors, Toyota and other automakers as grounds to challenge their convictions. According to legal experts, the trend is expected to grow over the coming months.
Even when a car accident is not severe, anyone who was involved could experience symptoms days later. Crash victims often experience both emotional and physical trauma, and even if the symptoms are not immediately present, they could be serious. Ohio residents might want to be aware of some of these most common symptoms in case they are involved in a collision.