Most of the time, driving safely and abiding by traffic laws can prevent motor vehicle accidents. Other times, even seemingly safe driving habits cannot prevent crashes. Still other times, both motorists may share responsibility for a wreck, although one of them may not realize that they have played a role in the collision. Take a look at the following example of shared accident responsibility.
Like most states, Ohio does have laws in place that prohibit texting while operating a vehicle. While these statutes should help reduce the number of motor vehicle accidents that occur in the state, they only work when motorists obey them. Unfortunately, many people choose to disregard the law, leading to severe accidents.
Unfortunately, Ohio residents are all too familiar with motor vehicles caused by distracted driving. According to one article, 52 fatalities and 508 serious injuries occurred in motor vehicle accidents caused by distracted driving in 2018 alone. Even worse, the statistics surrounding these incidents show an increase in distracted driving accidents in recent years.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), drunk driving remains the top cause of motor vehicle accidents in the U.S. The Administration's latest data indicates that approximately 11,000 citizens die each year because of dangerous and impaired driving. Since it is highly unlikely that the nation's population will stop using automobiles, vehicle manufacturers must step up to improve safety.
Choosing to bike or to walk in lieu of driving has become popular in Ohio cities, including Cleveland. Many people choose this form of transportation because it promotes better health and saves money on fuel expenses. Unfortunately, motor vehicle accidents involving cyclists and pedestrians often result in serious or catastrophic harm.
When people think about motor vehicle accidents of any kind, they typically envision a highway pileup or a collision on a dark rural roadway. It is true that accidents occur in these areas frequently, but they are not the only locations where crashes occur. Intersections are also a prime location for dangerous motor vehicle accidents.
Those injured in motor vehicle accidents already know that some people are bad drivers. An important source of evidence pointing to the dangers of negligent driving comes from the well-respected National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Each year, the NTSB releases its "most wanted" list of driving safety improvements. As you might expect, several of these most wanted improvements focus on unsafe driving behaviors.
Ohio adult drivers are every bit as aware as are their peers nationally that the teen motorists amidst them constitute a somewhat special driving group.
Here's something that some psychologists and therapists who work with veterans returning from service in Iraq and Afghanistan say should command more attention than it is currently receiving: the driving behavior of many service members back from deployments, especially where motorcycles are involved.
A recent study relying upon data culled from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and more than 40 other job-related databases sheds light on just how much construction accidents and other workplace injuries cost the United States each year, in terms of medical costs, lowered productivity and related factors.