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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.