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Medical helicopters punctuate the severity of many car accidents

At some point, every driver, whether here in Ohio or elsewhere, sees the flashing lights of ambulances, police cars and fire trucks. It does not take much to realize this means an accident occurred and one or more of those involved suffered injuries. Just as the presence of other emergency vehicles indicates a crash, the presence of a medical helicopter at the scene of some car accidents means someone suffered severe injuries and may be close to death.

A medical helicopter responded to a recent crash that took place on Interstate 70 at around 2:30 a.m. Medical personnel determined that the 20-year-old man's injuries were severe enough to transport him to the hospital in this manner. Sadly, he did not survive the injuries he suffered in the accident. His 21-year-old passenger survived the crash with critical injuries for which he was later taken to another hospital via helicopter as well. The 22-year-old passenger managed to escape without serious injury.

Far too many wrong-way car accidents happen in Ohio

The Ohio Department of Transportation recently reported that no less than 12 wrong-way crashes have occurred in the state so far this year. Another six drivers managed not to harm anyone by causing car accidents when they drove the wrong-way on the state's roadways. In the most recent of these incidents, an accident occurred that took the life of a 23-year-old woman.

According to reports, a 53-year-old man was speeding in the northbound lanes of Interstate 675 in the wrong direction. A traffic camera even caught the vehicle prior to the crash. A man who called 911 about the vehicle said that it was "flying" down the roadway and didn't even attempt to get off the interstate to head in the right direction.

Injuries and deaths increase in out-of-control truck accidents

Crashes involving passenger vehicles have the potential for causing substantial injuries and deaths. Those odds increase in truck accidents due to the increase in size and weight. What makes this type of accident even worse is when a truck is out of control. It could slam into numerous vehicles before coming to a stop, and the devastation left in its wake could change victims and their families forever.

A recent accident on Interstate 270 sadly illustrated this point. It was a Monday afternoon when deputies with one of Ohio's sheriff's offices say the driver of a dump truck lost control of the vehicle. When that happened, it careened into box truck, a passenger van and a car before finally coming to a stop. Preliminary reports indicate that one of the dump truck's tires "blew apart" as it sped down the interstate.

The wreckage in some car accidents leaves no doubt of fatalities

Law enforcement officers here in Ohio and elsewhere who respond to numerous crashes during their careers can often tell when lives are lost before they even check on those involved. Even to the untrained eye, the wreckage in some car accidents leaves little to no doubt that someone died. However, sometimes, even when others die, someone does survive, but usually not without suffering serious injuries.

When police arrived at the scene of an accident that occurred on a recent Thursday night at around 11:30 p.m., they may have surmised that not everyone survived. The impact of this particular crash was so devastating that it cut the vehicle in two. Sadly, but not surprisingly, two people died. However, one man, a passenger, survived. Emergency responders rushed him to an area hospital for surgery.

Staying in the proper lane can prevent car accidents

Just as anywhere else, Ohio's traffic laws are designed to keep the flow of travel smooth and to prevent vehicles from trying to occupy the same space at the same time. For instance, when people fail to stay in their lane, car accidents happen. The best way to avoid this happening is to pay attention to where the vehicle is at all times.

It's possible that inattention led to a crash that ruined the Memorial Day weekend for some people and their families. At around 8:45 a.m. on May 25, 2019, two vehicles collided on U.S. Highway 23. The preliminary investigation conducted by the Ohio State Highway Patrol revealed that both vehicles traveled northbound on the highway.

Factors that often lead to injury for Ohio travelers

When you get behind the wheel of a car to drive in Ohio or elsewhere in the United States, you are legally obligated to adhere to all traffic laws and safety regulations wherever you happen to be at the time. Those who share the roadway with you are likewise responsible to act accordingly to help reduce chances for collision.

If you're driving and a log rolls off a truck in front of you, causing you to veer off the road and crash, the driver of the truck may be responsible for your injuries if he or she failed to adhere to load-hauling regulations. There are several common causes of collision in this state and elsewhere. The more you know about them ahead of time, the less likely you might be to suffer injury. It's also good to know where to seek support if someone hits you.

Car accident may warrant wrongful death claim after teen's death

Teenagers often think that they have their whole lives ahead of them. Their parents often hold this notion as well. Because of the opportunities that will never be, losing a young person in a car accident is particularly painful for families and friends. Unfortunately, young lives are claimed on the roadways all too often.

It was recently reported that a single-vehicle accident in Ohio claimed the life of one person. The vehicle was heading north when, for unknown reasons, the driver failed to remain on the roadway. The vehicle traveled down an embankment and collided with a tree. There were at least three individuals inside the car at the time of the crash, which occurred at approximately 9:45 p.m.

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.

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