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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.

Police to determine driver or mechanical error re truck accident

When Ohio residents hear about motor vehicle crashes, they often automatically assume a driver is at fault. While that is the case in many collisions, other factors could also cause or contribute to them. For instance, in a recent cement-truck accident, police must work to determine whether driver error, mechanical failure or both led to a multi-vehicle crash that caused serious injuries to some of the victims.

According to witness reports and video footage from a nearby business, the cement truck went speeding westbound down a hill when its driver lost control. Apparently, he attempted to get the vehicle off the road, but it only made matters worse. The full truck ended up careening into several vehicles on the eastbound side of the road.

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.

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