Drunk driving, drowsy driving and distracted driving seem to be the "3-Ds" when it comes to motor vehicle crashes. Each one presents the same dangers to everyone traveling Ohio's roadways, but one has risen rapidly in the rank in recent years. Distracted driving is a factor in far too many car accidents here and elsewhere across the country.
The first priority for first responders at a crash site is to ensure the safety of those involved and to assess their medical status. Thereafter, an investigation begins in order to determine the factors that led to a particular wreck. In many car accidents, further investigation is needed before authorities issue the final report.
Ohio drivers may agree that there is an art to merging onto the highway. You need to have the correct speed, an eye for spacing and the ability to enter the flow of traffic seamlessly. Unfortunately, too many vehicle accidents occur during highway merging because some drivers fail to do it correctly.
Driving always looks easier when someone with experience does it. Point the vehicle in the right direction, press the gas pedal to go and the brake pedal to stop. Seems simple enough, but anyone with a driver's license knows it is not quite that easy. Many things can go wrong, and when inexperienced teenagers drive too fast, it could easily result in fatal car accidents.
Ohio's roadways look different after dark. When other factors such as weather, fatigue, distraction or drunkenness are added to the mix, the roads can be quite dangerous. For these reasons, numerous car accidents tend to happen during the overnight hours.
Investigators must follow the evidence wherever it might lead. When it comes to chain reaction vehicle accidents, finding the evidence necessary to determine what happened and when can present a challenge. Victims and the families of deceased victims may have to wait for some time before they know what happened and the party or parties that authorities believe is at fault.
No one is perfect and everyone makes mistakes from time to time. The problem is when those mistakes happen when operating a vehicle that weighs anywhere from one to 40 tons. The sad reality is that innocent people could suffer serious or fatal injuries in car accidents caused by the negligence or recklessness of someone else.
When two opposing forces collide, the results can be catastrophic. For instance, the devastation of head-on car accidents can leave families without loved ones and other victims facing a lengthy recovery, if a full recovery is even possible. Fortunately, it may be possible for the families and victims involved to receive restitution for their losses.
Most Ohio parents do whatever they can to keep their children safe. When out and about, they make sure their children are properly restrained, which could mean a baby seat, a booster seat or a seat belt depending on age. Parents may drive more cautiously when their children are in the vehicle as well. Sadly, parents cannot control the actions of other drivers, and their children could end up suffering severe injuries in car accidents.
Discovering the "how" of an accident is often easier than determining the "why." Whether it takes place here in Ohio or somewhere else, this can plague numerous investigations. The factors that led to a car or motorcycle crash could help determine liability and/or if the situation warrants criminal charges.