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Justice can come in hit-and-run car accidents

For whatever reason, some people flee from the scene of a crash. It always complicates matters, but when people die in hit-and-run car accidents, the stakes are often much higher for surviving family members. Some families could get the chance the find some justice for their loss if the fleeing driver is found or comes forward.

Recently, a 26-year-old man here in Ohio went to the police in connection with a crash that took place in Dec. 2018. Two people died in that accident -- a 34-year-old man and a 28-year-old woman. At around 2:30 a.m. on that fateful night the man who turned himself in reportedly blew through a stop sign at a high rate of speed. That is when his vehicle slammed into the vehicle occupied by the unsuspecting victims.

Car accidents are yet another risk police officers face on duty

With all of the potential calamities that could befall an Ohio police officer while on duty, one more requires addition to the list. Like other emergency responders, police officers run the risk of being involved in car accidents just as anyone else on the road. Even being in marked patrol cars cannot save officers from the mistakes made by other drivers.

For example, an Ohio State Highway Patrol officer recently encountered this particular danger. At around 3 a.m., the officer was tasked with responding to an accident on Interstate 71. The roads were not in the best condition since snow covered them. As the officer approached an intersection, another vehicle failed to stop at the stop sign and slammed into his patrol car.

Inadequate maintenance can lead to truck accidents

If a vehicle fails to receive proper and adequate maintenance, the driver could end up on the side of an Ohio road broken down. For most people, this is the extent of their thinking about maintenance. What they fail to consider is that some maintenance issues lead to serious car and truck accidents.

For example, loose lug nuts are just one factor that could make a tire come off during travel. The Ohio State Highway Patrol's preliminary report regarding a recent crash indicates that a tire flew off a truck, crossed the median and onto the other side of the roadway. It then crashed into a vehicle moving in the opposite direction.

Akron ranks amongst the safest driving cities in 2018

Allstate Insurance Company recently released its Best Driver Report, an annual ranking that identifies the 200 largest U.S. cities and their surrounding areas for the best drivers. Along with five other cities in Ohio ranked, Akron was included as the 35th safest city for driving.

Other cities from Ohio on the list included Cleveland, Toledo, Dayton, Cincinnati and Columbus. However, Akron was the highest, and safest, for the Ohio-based cities. No matter how high a city ranks on the report, it’s crucial for drivers to continue safe traveling practices, especially in the fall and winter.

Families may never view the holidays the same after car accidents

Memories play a big role in how people view and spend the holidays. When Ohio residents experience a tragedy during the season, it can change the way they view an otherwise fun and joyful season. Fatal car accidents are just one reason why families may never view the holidays the same way again.

One man's surviving family members may be in this position after a fatal crash that took place on Christmas night. The 20-year-old was a passenger in a vehicle traveling on Road 144 and operated by a 19-year-old man who ran his vehicle into the back of a piece of farm equipment. That driver became trapped in the wreckage, and emergency responders had to cut him out before transporting him to a hospital in the area due to serious injuries.

Residential areas see a fair share of auto-pedestrian accidents

Busy intersections in Akron's urban areas often make those who walk nervous since they must navigate around traffic. People tend to be a bit more relaxed in residential areas because they feel safer due to a perceived lower concentration of vehicles. However, plenty of auto-pedestrian accidents occur in neighborhoods as well, and they can be just as deadly.

An out-of-state woman was out walking in a residential area on a Wednesday morning when a bucket truck belonging to a local cable company struck her. People at the scene, along with emergency responders, all attempted to provide first aid to the 72-year-old woman, but her injuries were too severe. She died despite their efforts.

Could your Facebook posts jeopardize a car accident claim?

When something traumatic happens to you, it may be your first instinct to share it with your friends and family. For instance, if you were in a car accident, you would more than likely want to share the experience. These days, this may include posting it on Facebook or some other social media account.

If you do, anything you say could end up jeopardizing your insurance claim or a personal injury claim filed in an Ohio civil court. Whether you file a claim with your insurance company, the other driver's insurance company or both, you will be under scrutiny. Many people believe that their online interactions are private, but that is not generally the case.

What to do after being attacked by a dog

The Cleveland area has its fair share of dog owners. While many of them do everything possible to keep their animals from doing harm to others, you happened to stumble across a dog whose owner failed to keep it on a leash. The dog attacked you and left you with injuries that required medical care. Is the owner responsible for your losses?

According to state laws, yes, you may hold the animal owner accountable. If he or she fails to cover your expenses, you may file a civil claim in an effort to seek compensation for your losses.

Driving records could factor into car accidents

Many Ohio drivers and passengers have seen the signs on the backs of trucks asking, "How's my driving?" with a phone number for motorists to call if it is less than stellar. Some passenger vehicle drivers ought to have that same sticker on their vehicles as well since their driving habits could end up causing serious car accidents. The question some may ask is whether people with bad driving records should be allowed to keep their licenses.

Several people may answer that question with a "No" after a crash involving several vehicles took place recently. Reports indicate that the driver believed responsible for the accident has 18 years' worth of bad driving convictions even though it does not appear he ever had a valid driver's license. The 31-year-old driver's vehicle ran off the roadway to the left as it headed northbound.

The correlation between sleep deprivation and car accidents

Many Ohio residents simply do not get enough sleep. With all of the demands of work, family and friends, it can seem like there is no time to feel rested. While many people believe that sleep deprivation is more of a nuisance than anything else, they may not realize that it also leads to devastating car accidents.

According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, the federal government's estimations regarding the connection between drowsy driving and crashes is around eight times less than reality. Unfortunately, the foundation is probably right since there is no real way to measure whether fatigue contributed to an accident. Law enforcement agencies use a variety of testing methods to determine whether drugs, alcohol, speed and other factors contributed to a wreck, but there is no test for whether someone was sleepy.

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