When police arrive at the scene of an accident, the mechanics of what happened may not take much investigation to determine. For instance, in a head-on collision, it would normally be obvious that one vehicle was headed in the wrong direction and crashed into another vehicle. However, determining how the wrong-way vehicle ended up in the oncoming lane of travel may take further investigation.
It does not matter whether it happens here in Ohio or elsewhere, it only takes the mistake of one driver to change the lives of individuals and families forever. Every crash that leads to serious or deadly injuries is a tragedy. Even single-car accidents have the potential of devastating more than one family and the lives of multiple people.
Watching out for other vehicles is an important part of driving. Even when a driver has the right-of-way, this remains a priority in order to remain safe. When drivers fail to yield, it often leads to vehicle accidents.
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.