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Study links distracted driving death rates with cellphone laws

A new study suggests that distracted driving is factoring into more and more car accident fatalities. From 2015 to 2017, more than 1,400 people in the U.S. died in car crashes where one of the drivers was distracted by a cellphone. However, fatality rates differ by state. Ohio, which has no ban on handheld phone use and a partial ban on texting, ranked 26th with a distracted driving fatality rate of 1.26 people per 10 vehicle miles traveled.

Tennessee, Delaware, Wyoming, Texas and Montana saw the highest rates. In fact, fatalities in these five states comprised about 31 percent of the total from 2015 to 2017. These rates were determined by ValuePenguin after it analyzed data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the U.S. DOT's Federal Highway Administration.

NSC releases grim 2018 accident report

Motor vehicle accidents around the country in 2018 claimed more than 40,000 lives and left a further 4.5 million road users seriously injured according to preliminary figures released by the National Safety Council on Feb. 13. The nonprofit advocacy group based its findings on data from the National Center for Health Statistics, which keeps track of injuries and fatalities that take occur on public roads and highways, private roads, driveways and parking lots, in Ohio and throughout the U.S.

Traffic fatalities have remained stubbornly high in recent years despite significant advances in automobile design and safety systems, but groups like the NSC believe that they will begin to fall as the latest accident prevention technology becomes available in less expensive vehicles. Road safety advocates are especially hopeful about systems that are designed to identify pedestrians and cyclists. The technology is currently only available on a handful of vehicles made by manufacturers such as Subaru, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo.

Frivolous Lawsuits

We often hear that there are "too many frivolous lawsuits" burdening our court dockets. This is just overblown media hype; truly frivolous claims are prohibited under Ohio law, and are very rare. It is true that we are a litigious (sue-happy) society, but the courts should be able to adapt to a large volume of cases.

What is an attorney charging lien?

An attorney who obtains a judgment or settlement for his/her client can assert a "charging lien" against the fund obtained. This usually happens when a lawyer working under a contingent fee agreement does some work that contributes to obtaining the settlement, then the client does not pay him or her for that work. The law protects the lawyer and gives him/her a charging lien to recover for the work done.

Study prompts renewed calls for mandatory truck speed limiters

The number of road users killed in tractor-trailer accidents rose sharply between 2009 and 2017. According to a recent report released by Road Safe America, many of those deaths in Ohio and other states would have been prevented by safety systems that are already available but not yet mandated. The Atlanta-based nonprofit organization's study also reveals that commercial vehicle accident deaths rose while the total number of miles covered by trucks actually fell slightly.

Road Safety America says that eight out of 10 Americans support making speed limiters mandatory safety equipment on large commercial trucks. The technology has been fitted to most trucks sold in the United States since the 1990s. However, many trucking companies elect not to switch these systems on. The researchers noted that many of the states with the highest increase in truck accident deaths have maximum speed limits of 70 mph or higher.

What happens when a dog owner withholds necessary evidence?

Personal injuries can be physically and mentally painful, so when someone withholds evidence that would support your case, the overall incident could feel infinitely worse. For example, regardless of how well you mind your own business, you could potentially encounter an aggressive dog while out running errands, visiting a friend or playing at the park. And while it is common for a dog to protect his owner and property, sometimes a dog will bite a person for no known reason. But if you suffer from a dog bite, you may have the right to recover damages.

The same goes if you are injured in a car accident, slip and fall at a retail store or sustain an injury from a defective product. Personal injury laws provide compensation for those injured by someone else's negligence or recklessness, but what laws govern the opposing party’s evidence?

Preventing drowsy driving crashes in Ohio

Driving drowsy is unsafe, yet nearly one-third of respondents in a recent AAA survey admitted to doing so within the previous month. Their drowsiness, they said, was so bad that they could barely keep their eyes open. The National Sleep Foundation has compared the effects of sleep deprivation to alcohol intoxication. Being awake for 24 hours is like having a blood alcohol content of .10, which is above the .08 legal limit.

The following are some safety tips that drivers can consider. First of all, the CDC recommends at least seven hours of sleep every night. Those who get this amount but still drive drowsy may have a sleep disorder like obstructive sleep apnea. Second, prescription and over-the-counter drugs like sleep aids, antihistamines, antidepressants and muscle relaxers are known to induce drowsiness. If necessary, a doctor could adjust the regimen so as to avert drowsy driving.

AAA: GPS and texting raise risk for auto accidents

The results of a new AAA study on the hazards of vehicle infotainment systems should not be surprising to some drivers in Ohio. However, the fact remains that there are many who see nothing wrong with utilizing technology behind the wheel. One out of three Americans uses an infotainment system while driving.

The study focused on 30 infotainment systems on new 2017 cars from makers like Toyota, Honda, Audi, Chevrolet, Ford, Dodge and Tesla. Of the 30 systems, none demanded a low level of attention. Seven generated a moderate demand, 11 a high demand and 12 a very high demand. Many of the systems allow for activities irrelevant to driving like calling, texting, checking social media and even finger painting.

What is most commonly involved in drunk driving deaths

Of all the deaths that result from traffic injuries, a third arises from drunk driving crashes. Having a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent or above in Ohio can lead to fines, license suspension and other penalties. At 0.08 percent, drivers will experience impaired reaction times and greatly increase their chances for a crash.

Drivers should know that the liver takes about one hour to process one ounce, or about 30 milliliters, of alcohol consumed. In compromised livers, it takes much longer. Until that occurs, the alcohol remains in the blood. Drivers under 24, motorcyclists and those with prior DUI convictions see the highest risk for a fatal drunk driving crash. Those who mix alcohol with drugs or medications do so as well.

External airbags may be coming in the future

Drivers in Columbus, Ohio, are familiar with the benefits of airbags in a vehicle. Modern cars and trucks are equipped with internal airbags for the driver and passengers as well as side airbags to lessen the chance of injury in a side-impact collision. Now, an airbag manufacturer believes that injuries can be further reduced through the use of external side airbags.

Perhaps taking a lesson from Mars landers, the manufacturer has developed a long, cylinder shaped airbag positioned under the doors of the vehicle. The current prototype has a length of approximately 6.5 feet to be adjusted based on the length of the wheelbase and passenger area. When deployed, the bag will inflate to 15 inches by 21 inches. The inflation time is similar to interior airbags at less than 20 milliseconds. The external airbag will act as a cushion against die impact collisions whether due to side-swipe accidents or T-bone collisions.

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