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
A former Ohio State University professor died on June 3 while driving back from viewing the Princess Diana exhibit in Cincinnati. According to a spokesperson with the Ohio State Patrol, the 63-year-old woman's car was struck from behind as she was slowing down along with other motorists near the site of a previous accident.
A 29-year-old man recently struck a deal with prosecutors which now means that he will serve only 17 months for his role in a fatal 2013 car crash. Coshocton County deputies say an SUV driven by the defendant was travelling in excess of 60 mph after its brakes failed and it plowed into a Toyota Prius, striking in on its passenger side, killing a 68-year-old woman and seriously injuring her 72-year-old husband.
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.
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.
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.