Modern vehicles are equipped with highly engineered devices designed to save human life and limit injury. Today, we are fortunate to have forward and side-deploying airbags, glass designed to break into small pieces upon impact, and we even have automatic chimes in our vehicles to pester us to lock in our seat belts.
A review of the latest available motor vehicle crash statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reveals some sobering numbers in its 2012 survey. The NHTSA report says that motor vehicle traffic fatalities increased dramatically in 2012 after being on the decline for six straight years. According to the report, 33,561 people died on American roads in 2012
Emotions were running high recently in a Youngstown, Ohio, courtroom as the mother of a young man killed in a fatal hit-and-run accident addressed the court with her prepared statement. The woman's son, a 23-year-old semi-pro football player was killed after the defendant struck him with a rental car he had borrowed and then later tried to repair the damage he had caused.
Everyone knows that red means stop -- it's a fact that we learn from childhood. Yet, every year, many Ohio residents are endangered by people who run red lights, either because they are in a hurry or because they simply are not paying attention.
Negligent drivers are not only a danger to other drivers. When a driver makes the decision to operate a vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, he or she endangers everyone on or near the road - drivers, motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians.
When a fatal accident occurs, it is fairly common for two trials to take place - a criminal trial and a civil trial. The criminal trial determines whether the liable party should be subjected to criminal punishments, such as jail time. The civil trial determines whether the liable party should be forced to pay for the physical and emotional damage they have caused.
Speeding is among the most common of all offenses on Ohio's roadways. After all, who hasn't gone a few miles over the speed limit from time to time? When taken to the extreme, however, speeding represents a severe threat to the safety of the driver, passengers and other motorists.
Driving drowsy is a common danger on America's roads today, as hectic schedules and busy workdays coincide to make drivers feel fatigued and stressed. Driving while tired can make a person lose focus, negatively impacting response times and decision-making. Usually, it is the driver's responsibility to ensure that they are alert and active when they get behind the wheel.
Police officers have a solemn duty to protect the public through their words and actions. This means not only tracking down and capturing criminals, but also doing it in a way that does not endanger innocent lives. Police work can be dangerous; it's important that that danger is not allowed to escalate or spill over onto bystanders.
Often, when people think about rear-end crashes, they think about "fender benders." These minor, low-speed collisions are viewed more as a source of anger and annoyance rather than a true tragedy. But as a recent case from Ohio shows, even a low speed collision at the wrong time can result in serious injuries and even death.