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February 2012 Archives

Study shows car accident deaths rising for teen drivers nationally

According to a new report, more teenagers between the ages of 16 and 17 died as a result of a car accident in the first half of 2011 compared to the first half of 2010. For the past eight years and up until the new report, there had been a steady decline of car crash deaths in this age group. However, if the increase in fatalities continued through the second half of 2011 (accident authorities are still compiling these numbers), it would break the eight consecutive years of a decline in fatalities for young teen motorists.

Guilty plea in truck crash that takes lives of 3 Marine recruits

An Ohio man faces up to 31 years in prison after pleading guilty to 10 charges, most notably aggravated vehicular homicide, following a March 2010 truck accident in which three Marine Corps recruits were killed.

Facebook photos are focus of court's ruling in workers' comp case

To the degree that some injured workers in Ohio pay attention to the workers' compensation rulings in other states, they might want to consider a recent appellate court decision from Arkansas. That case sends a strong message concerning the central role that today's social media can play in a court case and legal outcome.

Bad road conditions and car accidents: When to shut down highways?

Traffic officials in most states, including Ohio, have few explicit guidelines to follow when they are considering closing down a portion of a freeway or major highway due to adverse driving conditions. In the absence of clear instructions, and on occasions of rapidly changing weather or other factors that can negatively influence driving conditions, car accidents of significant magnitude can occur.

Update on ignition interlocks: Ambitious House bill emerges

We reported recently on a strong push by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and other traffic safety organizations to implement ignition interlock laws nationally that would apply to even first-time DUI offenders (please see our January 17 blog post). MADD officials say that the interlocks are strong and proven tools that help cut back appreciably on car accidents involving drunk drivers.

Ohio bill seeks new freeway speed limit, rule change for left lane

Will raising the speed limit on the Ohio Turnpike and all other portions of the state's interstate freeways reduce the rate of truck accidents and car crashes or increase them?