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Key findings among alcohol impaired driving accidents

Driving under the influence of alcohol is never a good idea. When a person has too much to drink and then gets behind the wheel, he or she has a greater chance of causing an accident. Subsequently, the accident can cause serious injury or death, along with property damage.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were more than 10,000 fatalities in 2013 in motor vehicle accidents involving a driver with a blood alcohol content level of .08 or higher.

Motorcycle awareness is necessary as we get closer to winter

Motorcycle awareness is vital for all drivers in Ohio. Motorcyclists will continue heading out on the open road until the weather makes it impossible to do so. More than half of motorcycle crashes that lead to a death have another vehicle involved. In most cases, the motorist, not the motorcyclist, is at fault for the accident.

One reason why motorcycles are involved in accidents with other vehicles is because drivers don't pay enough attention when they drive. Motorcycles are small, which makes them appear farther away, and have a narrow profile, which makes it easy for them to be hidden behind other objects.

Common questions associated with distracted driving

As a licensed driver, you understand the importance of paying attention to the roadway, as well as what is going on around you, at all times. Even so, this doesn't mean you never become distracted. This doesn't mean you never take your eyes away from the road.

There are many common questions associated with distracted driving, including the following:

1 man killed, others injured in Ohio motorcycle crash

When motorists get behind the wheel of a vehicle, their duty to pay attention to the road begins. Drivers who don't pay attention to the road and drive in a safe manner can harm others who are on the roadways. A recent accident in Lancaster, Ohio, proves that point.

The accident occurred when a female driving an SUV ran off the roadway. She over-corrected when she tried to return to the roadway. She entered the lane of oncoming traffic where she slammed head-on into a motorcycle. The man riding that motorcycle was killed when his bike went off the road and overturned. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

What are the advantages of wearing a motorcycle helmet?

Driving a motorcycle can be a lot of fun. It can also be risky, as you know there is always the chance of being involved in an accident. Wearing a helmet, among other types of safety gear, can help prevent serious injury and death in the event of an accident.

Any motorcycle accident, regardless of the speed at which the vehicle is traveling, can have serious implications on the driver. This often means injuries to the head or neck.

What is Ohio's comparative negligence law?

When you are hurt in an accident that was caused by a negligent person, you might decide to seek compensation. One factor that sometimes comes up during the course of your claim is what percentage of the accident was caused by your own actions. Ohio uses the legal concept known as comparative negligence to govern the damages that can be recovered in personal injury cases.

What is comparative negligence?

What are the tests used to diagnose a spinal cord injury?

If a person arrives at an emergency room with a suspected spinal cord injury, medical professionals are extremely careful with the type of treatment they provide. During this time, doctors can often rule out this type of injury by testing movement and sensory function.

If a person experiences neck pain, has signs of weakness, or is not awake, an emergency test may be required to determine if a spinal cord injury exists. These types of tests include but are not always limited to:

Woman tries to avoid animal in road; kills a woman, injures baby

All drivers have to be prepared for making split-second decisions as they drive. Hazards in the roadway, such as debris or animals, often mean having to decide if you will swerve or stay on course. There are some instances in which a driver's decision will lead to an accident. That is what happened during a recent fatal accident in Ohio.

A 23-year-old woman was driving a 2002 Toyota Camry on her way to work. She noticed an animal in the road and swerved to miss it. That decision ended up costing a 24-year-old mother her life.

Ways to prevent distracted driving among teens

Traffic accidents are the number one cause of death for teenagers in the United States. Furthermore, teens are more likely than others to text and drive, which increases the chance of causing an accident.

Preventing distracted driving will lead to fewer motor vehicle accidents. Subsequently, fewer people will be injured and killed on the nation's roadways.

Subdural hematomas can be deadly after an accident

People who are in an automobile accident sometimes suffer from a brain injury. One of the possible brain injuries that can occur is a subdural hematoma. This condition is one of the most deadly of all head injuries when it occurs because of a serious head injury.

There are two types of subdural hematomas -- chronic and acute. A chronic subdural hematoma occurs because of a minor head injury. These can go without being noticed for days to weeks.

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