It may seem obvious to drivers in Ohio that doing anything that takes their attention off the road will put them at risk for accidents. Previous research has even measured that risk, saying it can double when one's eyes are off the road for 2 seconds. However, many are drawn to new vehicle tech like infotainment systems and thus find themselves being distracted on the road. A recent study released by AAA shows just how distracting their features can be.
Police in Ohio say that the 31-year-old man who caused a fatal accident in Franklin County during the early morning hours of Dec. 2 may be charged with vehicular homicide. Officers from the Columbus Division of Police who responded to the scene say that he smelled of alcohol when paramedics pulled him from his badly damaged Pontiac sedan. Media outlets have reported that the man has never held an Ohio driver's license and was convicted of operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol in both 2013 and 2015.
According to surveys from the U.S. Department of Transportation and other agencies, one in three adult drivers in Ohio and the rest of the nation sleep less than the minimum seven hours that are recommended each night. This poses a problem since drowsy driving accounts for an estimated 7 percent of all motor vehicle crashes in the U.S. and 16 percent of all fatal crashes.
In Ohio, as elsewhere, Halloween is a day that gives rise to drunk and reckless driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the hours between 6 p.m. on October 31 and 6 a.m. on November 1 are the most dangerous for drunk driving crashes. Nearly half of the fatal drunk driving accidents that took place during that 12-hour period from 2012 to 2016 were attributed to 21- to 34-year-old drivers.
Intersections see a lot of activity. Unfortunately, this comes with dangers. A fair portion of motor vehicle accidents happen at intersections. Intersections can see many types of crashes, such as T-bone collisions and vehicles striking pedestrians or bicyclists. Such accidents can lead to many different types of injuries (such as head injuries, back/spinal injuries, internal injuries, severe cuts and broken bones) and raise a range of compensation-related legal issues for victims.