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Fatal wrong-way car accidents continue to plague Ohio roadways

Hundreds of people lose their lives on Ohio roadways each year. Wrong-way drivers account for a number of these fatalities. By the time vehicles come to a rest in these car accidents, the people involved often suffer serious or fatal injuries.

It is impossible to determine beforehand who will suffer the worst in a wrong-way accident. For instance, it was the occupants of the second vehicle struck who suffered the brunt of the crash. The 69-year-old driver of that vehicle was rushed to an area hospital, but despite the efforts of medical personnel, succumbed to his injuries. Emergency medical personnel transported his passenger, a 66-year-old woman, to the hospital for treatment of what were described as injuries that were not considered life-threatening. Everyone else involved escaped without injury.

Should you call the police after a car accident?

Being involved in a car accident can have varying outcomes. For some, a minor fender-bender can be just a frustrating inconvenience, and for others, a serious accident could have life-changing outcomes. In any case, it is important to alert the proper authorities after a crash.

In some cases, like a fender-bender, drivers may not think it is necessary to call the police. Of course, if you have never been in an accident before, you may not know whether calling authorities is the right move. In most cases, it is best to call emergency services just to be safe.

Understanding head-on car accidents takes time

Like police departments everywhere, those here in Ohio sometimes struggle to understand what led to a particular crash. For instance, head-on car accidents often result in such severe or deadly injuries that understanding their causes may take a substantial amount of time, if those reasons are ever discovered. This could also prevent grieving family members of the victims from achieving closure by knowing what led to the deaths of their loved ones.

Troopers with the Ohio State Highway Patrol recently responded to a crash in which finding the cause could require some time. The call came in just prior to 8 p.m. on a recent Friday. When they arrived at the location on U.S. 33, they found the wreckage of two vehicles.

OSHP Trooper tried unsuccessfully to stop fatal wrong-way crash

Some things scare just about every driver out there, in just about every part of the country. Frightening scenarios include looking in the rear view mirror and seeing a big rig closing in fast or the flashing lights of a police car, a driver who gets a bit too close when changing lanes, and wrong-way drivers. No one here in Ohio or anywhere else wants to see headlights coming right toward them at a high rate of speed. A wrong-way crash never ends well, and innocent victims often pay the ultimate price.

A trooper with the Ohio State Highway Patrol recently spotted a wrong-way driver on US 23. He tried to get the driver's attention, but was unable to stop the vehicle before it slammed into not one, but two vehicles head on. Not even the flashing lights of his cruiser were enough to alert the driver. Reports indicate that vehicle struck his cruiser at some point.

2 auto-pedestrian accidents raise questions about road safety

Nearly every city and town in Ohio, or anywhere else in the country for that matter, has at least one road and/or intersection where the number of crashes is inordinately high. Some even have higher instances of auto-pedestrian accidents than others do. When this happens, people in the area often wonder why something is not done in order to fix the problem.

Some residents in a particular area are asking that question right now. In two days, two pedestrians lost their lives on the same road. One local woman said she avoids jogging on the road in question because she does not feel safe doing so. Apparently, she is just one person who wonders whether some changes need to be made to the road to make it safer.

Not all car accidents are accidental

Even when a crash is deemed preventable due to the actions of the at-fault driver, it does not mean the driver's actions were intentional. Ohio residents may get drunk and then drive, but that does not mean they intended to get into accidents -- it simply means that the driver recklessly increased the risk of one through his or her actions. On the other hand, there are times when car accidents are not accidental.

Back in March, an intoxicated woman got behind the wheel of her car in spite of pleas from people inside the bar for her not to drive. The 21-year-old woman ended up driving the wrong way on Interstate 75. What happened next may remain in the memories of witnesses forever.

When your child suffers a dog bite

School is out, and you and your family are probably enjoying the Ohio summer days. You make the most of this time because it won't be long before school is back in session and the snow starts to fall. Whether you are at the local park or in your own front yard, you take certain precautions to protect your children. They wear bike helmets and sunscreen, and you make sure they play where you can watch them.

However, in the blink of an eye, everything can change. If a neighbor's dog attacks your child, you may feel helpless in those moments. Whether your child suffers a single bite or significant injuries, you have the right to be concerned. Animal attacks can result in devastating injuries, both physically and emotionally, and it is reasonable for you to want justice for your child.

Medical helicopters punctuate the severity of many car accidents

At some point, every driver, whether here in Ohio or elsewhere, sees the flashing lights of ambulances, police cars and fire trucks. It does not take much to realize this means an accident occurred and one or more of those involved suffered injuries. Just as the presence of other emergency vehicles indicates a crash, the presence of a medical helicopter at the scene of some car accidents means someone suffered severe injuries and may be close to death.

A medical helicopter responded to a recent crash that took place on Interstate 70 at around 2:30 a.m. Medical personnel determined that the 20-year-old man's injuries were severe enough to transport him to the hospital in this manner. Sadly, he did not survive the injuries he suffered in the accident. His 21-year-old passenger survived the crash with critical injuries for which he was later taken to another hospital via helicopter as well. The 22-year-old passenger managed to escape without serious injury.

Far too many wrong-way car accidents happen in Ohio

The Ohio Department of Transportation recently reported that no less than 12 wrong-way crashes have occurred in the state so far this year. Another six drivers managed not to harm anyone by causing car accidents when they drove the wrong-way on the state's roadways. In the most recent of these incidents, an accident occurred that took the life of a 23-year-old woman.

According to reports, a 53-year-old man was speeding in the northbound lanes of Interstate 675 in the wrong direction. A traffic camera even caught the vehicle prior to the crash. A man who called 911 about the vehicle said that it was "flying" down the roadway and didn't even attempt to get off the interstate to head in the right direction.

Injuries and deaths increase in out-of-control truck accidents

Crashes involving passenger vehicles have the potential for causing substantial injuries and deaths. Those odds increase in truck accidents due to the increase in size and weight. What makes this type of accident even worse is when a truck is out of control. It could slam into numerous vehicles before coming to a stop, and the devastation left in its wake could change victims and their families forever.

A recent accident on Interstate 270 sadly illustrated this point. It was a Monday afternoon when deputies with one of Ohio's sheriff's offices say the driver of a dump truck lost control of the vehicle. When that happened, it careened into box truck, a passenger van and a car before finally coming to a stop. Preliminary reports indicate that one of the dump truck's tires "blew apart" as it sped down the interstate.

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