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A 1-car accident can quickly become 2 car accidents

From reading news reports regarding vehicle crashes, it seems like only one crash happens at a time. News outlets here in Ohio and elsewhere talk about two-car accidents, single car accidents and other similar events that seem to all be only one incident. While some do happen that way, many others begin with just one wreck, but become multiple crashes on the same road because a previously uninvolved driver is unable to avoid the wreckage of the first one.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol reports that this happened on a recent Thursday morning somewhere around 3:30 a.m. First came a head-on collision just north of one of Interstate 77's northbound exits. The second crash occurred when a big rig came upon the wreckage and could not avoid it.

Determining fault in car accidents isn't always an easy task

When law enforcement officials arrive at the scene of a crash, it is not always easy to discern what happened based on the final resting places of the vehicles. This is often true whether car accidents occur here in Ohio or elsewhere. While officials conduct their investigations, families, friends and injured victims may have to wait for some time to know what really happened, especially if those involved either suffered serious injuries requiring hospitalization or lost their lives.

For this reason, a crash that took place on a recent Sunday morning may require an extensive investigation. When police arrived, they found two vehicles and two injured individuals. Preliminary reports only indicate that the two vehicles collided near an intersection around 10:30 a.m.

Passenger suffers life-threatening injuries in car accident

Passengers put a great deal of faith in the individuals driving the vehicles in which they ride. They depend on the drivers to obey traffic laws, pay attention and maintain control of the vehicle in order to reach the desired destination safe and sound. When that doesn't happen, passengers often suffer serious injuries in the ensuing car accident -- regardless of whether it takes place here in Ohio or elsewhere.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol recently responded to a crash on County Road 5. The 17-year-old passenger in the vehicle suffered injuries described by police as life-threatening and was transported to an area hospital by helicopter. The 19-year-old driver died as a result of the injuries he suffered in the accident.

Car accidents don't have to threaten lives to be serious

Whether people travel Ohio's roadways or those of another part of the country, there is no way to tell what the outcome will be if involved in a collision. Some people suffer only minor injuries while others lose their lives -- and that could happen in the same crash. The victims do not need to suffer life-threatening injuries in car accidents for their lives to be affected for weeks, if not months or longer.

Victims who do not suffer life-threatening injuries could have dodged the proverbial bullet, and for that they are surely grateful. Even so, they may need time off work and require medical care to recover. For example, a 37-year-old man recently suffered injuries described as not life-threatening after a head-on collision. The other driver, a 29-year-old woman, was not as lucky. She died in the crash.

Parking lot auto-pedestrian accidents can result in fatalities

People here in Ohio and elsewhere do not often consider parking lots particularly dangerous. Vehicles are supposed to move slower and those walking to and from their vehicles have the right-of-way. While that may be the case, many auto-pedestrian accidents occur in parking lots, and some result in fatalities.

For instance, on what seemed to be an ordinary Thursday afternoon, a 47-year-old man navigated his way through the parking lot of a McDonald's in his area. He probably had no idea that this was not an ordinary day, or that it would be his last. Something went terribly wrong, and the man ended up trapped underneath a vehicle.

What can be done to prevent auto-pedestrian accidents?

As the weather continues to improve here in Ohio, more people may take the time to get out and walk. With more people on foot, the possibility of auto-pedestrian accidents increases. While drivers need to pay attention and look out for them, pedestrians can take some steps to try to improve their chances of avoiding injury.

Without the safety of being inside a passenger vehicle with all of its safety features, such as seat belts and airbags, pedestrians face serious or deadly injuries if struck by a vehicle. Remaining alert and attentive to their surroundings is vital to getting to their destinations safely. First, this means putting away any electronics, which provide an ever-growing distraction to drivers and walkers alike.

The challenge of claims in motorcycle vs. car accidents

The weather is improving here in Ohio, and you may be getting anxious to dust off your motorcycle and get out on the road. Even though you enjoy riding, you are well aware of the dangers associated with motorcycle vs. car accidents. Your injuries would more than likely be significantly more serious than if you were in a passenger vehicle.

The challenge arises when you file a personal injury claim against the driver of the other vehicle. Insurance companies and others tend to share certain biases against motorcycle riders, which could cause them to say that you were at fault for the crash despite the facts. For instance, people see motorcycle riders as "risk takers" since they are willing to travel at high speeds without the safety of being inside a passenger vehicle.

Protecting yourself after receiving a bite from an animal

When you get home from a long day at work, you may want to take a walk or go for a run to decompress. Perhaps you want to stroll with your children down to the neighborhood playground. You probably do not anticipate that a dog may attack you while you are doing these things, but it is possible. Every day, people find themselves with unexpected injuries and complications after a dog bite.

It's not always easy to know what to do in these situations. You may not be certain of what happened, who could be to blame or if you should call the authorities. Scenarios involving dog bites are not easy to navigate, and it can be helpful to know what you need to do in order to protect your legal, financial and physical interests after this type of incident.

Traffic signals are designed to prevent car accidents

Most people understand that Ohio's traffic laws are necessary. For instance, traffic signals are designed to keep the traffic flowing and prevent car accidents. When one person fails to obey a traffic signal, not only does it interrupt the flow of traffic, but it also increases the potential for serious and deadly injuries to innocent victims.

For instance, the Ohio State Highway Patrol responded to a motor vehicle accident on a recent Saturday. The investigation revealed that a westbound vehicle failed to stop at a red light. When the car entered the intersection, a southbound vehicle slammed into it.

Those not directly involved in car accidents can suffer as well

The poor judgment and mistakes of some drivers are not always confined to one or two vehicles. Drivers who are not part of the initial car accidents could also end up suffering serious or fatal injuries as they attempt to avoid the impact unfolding in their paths. In doing so, some meet a serious or deadly fate.

Ohio State Highway Patrol officers recently responded to a crash that happened on a Saturday night at around 10 p.m. Upon arrival at the scene on State Route 73, they found three vehicles, a pickup truck, a car and an SUV. The preliminary investigation revealed that the pickup truck, which was headed northbound, veered into the southbound lane and struck the car. 

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