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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. 

Failing to obey traffic signs and signals causes car accidents

Traffic signs and signals are designed to ensure smooth flow of traffic and to help increase safety. Even so, some people on Ohio roadways drive as though they believe that obeying traffic signs and signals is optional. This attitude increases the potential for car accidents and puts the lives of everyone on the road at risk.

A crash that took place on Ohio 72 on a recent Saturday illustrates this point. Preliminary reports indicate that a driver failed to obey a stop sign and entered an intersection illegally. When that happened, the vehicle struck another already in the intersection.

Witnessing the carnage of car accidents after avoiding them

Witnesses play a crucial role in many crash investigations. What many Ohio residents may not realize is that those individuals may have narrowly avoided being involved in the car accidents they witnessed. When this happens, they end up becoming part of the investigation as both a witness and a survivor.

One driver ended up playing this dual role in the investigation of a recent crash on State Route 117. The driver managed to avoid becoming part of a three-vehicle crash that ended the lives of three people. Even though that person's vehicle ended up in a field, she escaped without injury. The same could not be said for those involved in the carnage on the road.

Car accidents: 4 injured in Ohio

A two-car crash in Clearcreek Township has sent four people to local hospitals, according to authorities on the scene. Ohio Highway Patrol has confirmed the head-on crash occurred in the early evening of Feb. 18. As with many car accidents, this one is still under investigation, and so far, no charges have been filed against anyone involved. 

According to the limited information available from the report, the crash occurred around 6:30 p.m. on Ohio 159. Apparently a vehicle driven by an unknown person was in the process of attempting to pass other vehicles on a two-lane stretch of highway. The unidentified driver appeared to be speeding when that individual's vehicle smashed into a southbound vehicle head-on. 

First reports on car accidents could change after investigation

Some crashes happen late at night, or early in the morning, at times when the road does not carry much, if any, traffic. Under these conditions, it could even be hours before passersby discover some car accidents. Police officers here in Ohio and elsewhere make preliminary findings that may turn out not to be the primary cause of a particular crash.

For example, on a recent Friday at around 7:30 a.m., the driver of a vehicle passing by a stretch of road near a railroad track discovered the wreckage of a single-vehicle accident. When police arrived, it was confirmed that the three occupants of the vehicle, who were apparently ejected during the crash, were pronounced dead at the scene. With no one involved left alive to tell them what happened, police began their investigation.

When weather contributes to car accidents

No matter what time of year it is, Ohio can experience inclement weather. When that happens, drivers ought to adjust their driving to account for low visibility or trouble remaining on the road and/or in their lanes of travel. Otherwise, it could lead to serious or even deadly car accidents.

On a recent Wednesday morning, fog and rain plagued some of Ohio's roadways. During this time, two vehicles were traveling in opposite directions on Ohio State Route 60. Just after 8 a.m., as the two vehicles approached each other, something went terribly wrong.

After a car accident, the insurance provider is not your friend

Did a drunk, distracted, sleepy or otherwise negligent driver hit you and cause you or passengers in your vehicle injury? If so, Ohio laws allow you to seek compensation for your losses through legal means. Many people feel going that far is not necessary, particularly if the responsible party has insurance. Here is a simple truth that many people do not like to hear: after a car accident, the insurance provider is not your friend.

Insurance companies are businesses. Yes, they are in the business of helping their clients and victims of their clients through difficult times, but that does not mean that they are also not doing everything possible to look out for their own bottom lines. After a car accident, the responsible party's insurance provider will do everything possible to get you to accept the lowest settlement amount possible. They do not care if it covers all of your losses.

Impairment suspected in car accident that killed off-duty officer

Police officers are prepared for the dangers they face while on-the-job, but when they are not, many of them feel as though they can relax and enjoy their days. Even so, they are probably more keenly aware of the potential for a car accident than most people are. However, that does not keep them from becoming victims just like every other person driving Ohio's roadways.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol recently responded to a two-vehicle crash on State Route 125 that happened at approximately 8:30 p.m. Upon arrival, they discovered that one of the two vehicles careened across the center line into the oncoming lane of travel. When it did so, it ended up directly in the path of a vehicle headed in the opposite direction.

Some stretches of road see far too many car accidents

Residents of several areas of Ohio would not be surprised to hear that crashes occur in their neighborhoods. They are not shocked that some stretches of road see far too many car accidents. The shock often comes from the loss of life that accompanies some of these wrecks.

Residents on a stretch of Ohio 29 did not express surprise that another accident occurred there, but members of the community were shocked that two people died. The crash happened shortly before 12:30 a.m. in the early morning hours of a recent Tuesday morning. Both drivers involved in the crash did not survive the injuries they suffered in the impact. An infant in one of the vehicles did survive, but suffered injuries that required a transfer from the local hospital to a children's hospital via helicopter.

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.

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