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Multi-vehicle crash in Ohio injures drivers, snarls traffic

When we think of dangerous behaviors on the road, most people probably imagine drunk driving or perhaps road rage. While these behaviors are extremely hazardous, other, more common activities on the road also deserve to be considered.

Driving while distracted, for example, can put lives at risk. In today's always-connected world, it's not uncommon for drivers to frequently consult their smartphones while behind the wheel. But, this behavior can lead to injury or even death.

Distracted driving was apparently a contributing factor in an Ohio car accident that involved five vehicles. The accident occurred in the morning hours in Cincinnati, when a man in a Honda apparently left his lane. He sideswiped another vehicle, touching off a chain reaction that would involve three more cars.

Police say the crash was influenced by speed and inattention. The driver of Honda was the most seriously injured; he was the only person involved who was not wearing a seat belt. He was taken to UC Medical Center. Another driver, a 44-year-old woman, was also taken to a hospital; her injuries were described as minor.

The accident shut down Beechmont Avenue for several hours, forcing drivers to find alternate routes.

Inattentive driving is a serious danger to motorists. When drivers fail to keep their eyes on the road, they break the responsibility they have to preserve the safety of the roadway. Victims of this behavior have a right to legal recourse; by filing a personal injury lawsuit, victims may receive compensation for the injuries they have suffered.

Source: WLWT-TV, "Police: Speed, inattention were factors in Beechmont multi-vehicle crash" No author given, Feb. 12, 2014

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