As expected, Ohio highways were extremely busy over the Memorial Day weekend. Multiple car accidents happened across the state, many of which caused severe injuries. Some were fatal. Three injured victims were rushed to hospitals after a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 76.
The National Transportation Safety Board says an average of 360 people nationwide lose their lives in collisions that are caused by wrong-way drivers every year. Head-on collisions are likely the most feared type of car accidents in Ohio because they are so likely to cause death or catastrophic injuries. Keeping certain precautions in mind might help someone who encounters a wrong-way driver.
Losing the life of a teenager is devastating for a family and often for an entire community. Sadly, fatal car accidents involving teenagers happen frequently in Ohio. Union County police are investigating a single-vehicle crash that claimed the life of a 15-year old boy on a recent Friday evening.
Auto crashes are said to be the cause of a significant percentage of teenage deaths. Along with inexperience, the new-found freedom may lead to speeding, and in some cases, alcohol plays a role when car accidents claim young lives. A community in Ohio is still reeling after the tragic death of a 15-year-old cheerleader.
When drivers do not know how to act when emergency vehicles such as ambulances approach, confusion can lead to chaos. Drivers must create safe passage for emergency vehicles through traffic, and negligence can cause multi-car accidents that could have devastating consequences. Several people suffered injuries of unknown severity when such a crash occurred in Warren County on a recent Friday.
Drivers in Ohio are always at an increased risk during this time of the year when roads can be slick from being covered with ice. Such conditions could even be challenging for experienced drivers, and teenage drivers may be caught unaware if they encounter slippery patches. Sadly, car accidents caused by ice covered roads often lead to fatalities.
New Year's Eve is known to be a time for celebrations, often including alcohol. While some partygoers arrange for designated drivers or other transport after consuming alcohol, others put their own lives and the lives of passengers on the line by insisting on driving. Sadly, many tragic car accidents happen on New Year's Day. The Ohio Highway Patrol reported that impaired driving was likely involved in an accident that occurred on the morning of Jan. 1.
Distracted driving is known to cause crashes with devastating consequences. It has become common for drivers to use mobile devices for much more than calling or texting while driving -- often resulting in serious car accidents. Some drivers even use it for live streaming and social media activities. The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating one such a crash that happened in October.
Students on the Central State University campus in Ohio were offered trauma counseling after the recent death of a fellow student. Far too many students lose their lives in car accidents, often involving drugs, alcohol and speed. However, a police report indicates that drugs and alcohol did not seem to play a role in this particular crash, though the speed of the two cars was not yet determined.
A sophomore at an Ohio high school lost her life in a recent crash near Rosewell. Fatal car accidents are always tragic, and when teenagers are killed, the trauma also affects their peers. A candlelight vigil was planned to help fellow students deal with their grief after this tragedy.