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With no known witnesses, 1-car accidents often present a mystery

In most cases, vehicle crashes here in Ohio and elsewhere are witnessed by someone, even if it is those inside the vehicles involved. However, in single-car accidents, there may not be any witnesses left to tell police what happened. When this happens, police and surviving family members may never truly know how the accident occurred from what what can be determined from the physical evidence.

Police may never discover what happened in a single-vehicle accident reported to the Ohio State Highway Patrol on a Tuesday morning around 6:15 a.m. When first responders arrived, they found two deceased men. The driver was just 19 years old, and his passenger was just 20 years old.

Impatience has lead to many car accidents

Most Ohio drivers would agree that it can be annoying and irritating to have to follow a slower moving vehicle. It may not even be that they are in a hurry, but instead, it may be more the principle of the matter. If a driver gets too impatient, he or she may attempt to pass. However, car accidents could easily occur when a driver attempts to pass a slower vehicle when it is not safe to do so.

Impatience may have been a factor in a recent three-vehicle accident that occurred on Ohio State Route 545. Shortly after 6 p.m. on that Monday evening, a northbound vehicle attempted to pass a second northbound vehicle despite the double yellow line. As the first vehicle began to pass, it collided head-on with a southbound vehicle. Both northbound vehicles then overturned.

Were you involved in an Ohio car accident? Read this

The holiday season is now winding down in Ohio and across the country. You might still have a few social events on your calendar to help ring in the new year. Your office parties and family gatherings are complete, although you might still notice high traffic flow, perhaps from all the people rushing to malls and department stores to exchange or return gifts. Post-holiday traffic can be especially challenging to navigate. Knowing what not to do after a collision is just as important as knowing what to do.

Surviving a motor vehicle collision might seem miraculous in many cases. If your injuries have left you unconscious, you might have no recollection of the immediate aftermath of the incident. However, if you're awake and alert at the scene, you may want to start gathering evidence and documenting the collision through photographs. There are also several things you'll want to avoid.

Fire trucks aren't often involved in car accidents

Like everywhere else, Ohio fire trucks are big, brightly colored and equipped with loud horns for a reason. These safety measures help keep them from being involved in car accidents, but it does not always work. As they travel to emergencies, they need the ability to move through traffic quickly and efficiently. The drivers of these large vehicles rely on the public to adhere to the law that requires them to move over in order to let emergency vehicles pass, but when a driver fails to do so, it could result in a crash.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol recently responded to a crash involving a fire truck and two other vehicles. As the emergency vehicle traveled westbound State Route 795 on its way to a call, an eastbound vehicle stopped as required by law. Unfortunately, the vehicle behind the eastbound one did not stop. Instead, it slammed into the back of the first vehicle.

Passing illegally could result in catastrophic car accidents

Nearly every driver has become frustrated with a slower driver in front of him or her at some point. On many two-lane roadways, passing can only occur when it is safe and legal. Unfortunately, some drivers fail to wait for the way to be clear, safe and legal before they begin passing the vehicle or vehicles in front of them. This action could easily result in catastrophic car accidents involving serious or deadly injuries.

For example, the Ohio State Highway Patrol recently responded to the scene of a four-vehicle crash on State Route 173. Shortly before 6 a.m. on a Thursday morning, a westbound vehicle began passing the slower vehicle in front of it. The driver's attempt was illegal since it was over a double yellow line on the crest of the hill. Perhaps predictably, other vehicles were headed right toward his vehicle from the opposite direction.

Auto-pedestrian accidents can easily occur at crash sites

After a motor vehicle crash, the people involved will often exit their vehicles if they are able. When emergency responders arrive, they too, are often in the lanes of travel helping the injured or investigating the crash. With all of these people roaming around, it is not surprising that quite a few auto-pedestrian accidents occur at these scenes.

Early one Thursday morning, an Ohio State Highway Patrol officer was conducting an investigation at an accident scene on U.S. Highway 42 at around 6 a.m. As he was taking photographs from a berm, a southbound van struck him. Preliminary reports indicate the van traveled out of its lane and off the roadway ultimately striking the trooper.

Will a change in the driving age in Ohio prevent car accidents?

Getting a driver's license is a rite of passage for many young people. The freedom that comes from being able to drive yourself wherever you need to go is something teens may dream about long before they take their driving test. It's often a happy day for parents as well, who may not have to adjust their schedule as much in order to shuttle their children to various activities.

proposed new law in Ohio may change that a bit, though. Currently, teens can get a learner's permit once they turn 15-and-a-half years old and obtain their license at age 16. If the new law goes into effect, they'll have to wait longer. This measure has its critics, but supporters are hopeful that it will reduce the number of car accidents involving young people.

Alcohol plays a role in many fatal car accidents

Even at a time when information regarding the dangers of drinking and driving is so readily available, people still get behind the wheel after drinking and put the lives of innocent people in danger. Tragically, fatal car accidents here in Ohio and elsewhere involve alcohol. Lives are lost and families are changed forever because of crashes that are entirely preventable.

A 19-year-old woman's family will probably never be the same after she lost her life in a crash back in September. She was traveling on SR 56 that night. She and her passenger could not have known that another vehicle headed toward them from the opposite direction would veer into their lane unexpectedly.

Sleep apnea could factor into some truck accidents

Most Akron residents can recall a time when they felt as though they could fall asleep anywhere -- standing up, at their desks or even behind the wheel of their vehicles. Drowsy driving has gained more attention recently and is often cited as one of the most underreported reasons for crashes. Some people have trouble getting good sleep due to sleep apnea, and recent studies indicate that it could be a factor in some truck accidents.

A study conducted by the American Transportation Research Institute and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration discovered that nearly one-third of truck drivers suffer from this condition. People with obstructive sleep apnea stop breathing because the muscles in their throats relax periodically. These episodes make it almost impossible to get into REM sleep, which is considered the most restorative type of sleep.

People die in car accidents where drivers ignore traffic signs

Traffic signs are designed to control the flow of vehicles on roadways. When drivers disobey them, people can get seriously or fatally injured. Sadly, numerous car accidents in which drivers failed to obey traffic signs happen across the country, including many here in Ohio.

A crash that recently occurred on State Route 274 involved a driver who failed to obey a traffic sign. That vehicle ran through a stop sign into an intersection already occupied by an SUV. The SUV driver was unable to avoid colliding with the car that blew through the stop sign. When troopers with the Ohio State Highway Patrol arrived at the scene, it became clear that one individual would require extrication from the wreckage.

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