While investigating crashes, law enforcement agencies here in Ohio and elsewhere always look into the usual causes -- speeding, impairment and distraction are among the most common. The investigation into most vehicle accidents often cannot be concluded until tests for impairment are completed since it could affect whether criminal charges result from a particular accident. During this time, other potential factors are also taken into consideration in order to gain as clear a picture as possible of what happened.
Law enforcement officials here in Ohio and elsewhere receive training in investigative techniques to help them identify the factors that caused the need for their intervention in people's lives. For instance, when it comes to a car accident, officers are trained to identify certain circumstances and factors that led to its cause. Even so, in some cases, the scene does not provide nearly enough information for an accurate assessment in the immediate aftermath of a crash.
The U.S. Department of Transportation estimates that distracted driving injures approximately 1,000 people and kills about nine people each day in this country. Undoubtedly, some of those car accidents occur here in Ohio. The data also indicates that crashes involving teenagers involve distraction around 58% of the time. When combined with their inexperience behind the wheel, this makes them a dangerous group of drivers.
Whether due to fear of prosecution, disorientation or some other strong motivation, some drivers flee from crash scenes. Not only does this hinder the investigations of vehicle accidents, but it also keeps victims and their families from understanding what led to the injuries and deaths that happen. Once hit-and-run drivers are in police custody, those victims and families, whether here in Ohio or elsewhere, may find some justice and closure.
The end of winter and the beginning of warmer weather means Ohio residents are getting outside more just like people elsewhere in the country. Sadly, this could also signal an increase in all-terrain vehicle accidents as people participate in more outdoor activities. Many of these crashes result in severe or fatal injuries, as four people and their families recently discovered.
People who do not take their obligation to drive safely seriously endanger everyone on the road, whether they live here in Ohio or elsewhere. It only takes one driver failing to pay attention due to distraction, impairment or fatigue to cause a crash. The resulting vehicle accidents could end with at least one person dead and several others injured.
Traffic signals and signs are not designed to aggravate or inconvenience drivers. In Ohio and elsewhere, their primary intent is to control the flow of traffic and prevent car accidents. When drivers fail to heed them, they put the lives of everyone in their vicinity at risk for serious or fatal injuries.
Traffic signs, particularly those at intersections, are designed to control the flow of vehicles, pedestrians and others. When drivers obey these signs, they increase the odds of avoiding vehicle accidents. On the other hand, when those signs are ignored, or a driver obeys them but misinterprets or fails to see the traffic, crashes happen.
Most people here in Ohio and elsewhere believe that traumatic brain injuries are basically varying degrees of concussions, but that is not quite accurate. Yes, some car accidents result in concussions, but victims could suffer from other types of TBI as well. Some of them could put their lives in jeopardy instead of simply causing a serious headache.
Experienced emergency responders would probably say they have seen it all. Even so, the devastation still gets to them, especially when fatalities are involved. While they handle the emergency portion of vehicle accidents, they do what they have to do in order to help the parties involved get through it, but once they have a chance to stop and think, the enormity of what they have seen can affect them.