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Safe Driving Tips for Rush Hour in Ohio

drive-safelyIt is the responsibility of every driver in Ohio to ensure that everyone is safe. You not only need to drive safely and look out for other people on the road, but you also need to report impaired drivers. Thousands of the accidents that occur each day can be avoided. Below is a list of tips for driving safely:

Report A Problem

If you notice unsafe road conditions or an impaired driver, then you will need to contact the authorities. This can help prevent accidents.

Check The Weather Before You Go

Weather in Ohio can change quickly. Adverse weather conditions can increase the risk of an accident. That is why you should check the weather report before you go out and drive. You will also need to check the road conditions.

Take Good Care Of Your Health

It is a good idea to get a good night’s rest before you hit the road. A good night’s rest will keep you alert and make it easier for you to focus on driving. Many accidents have occurred because drivers have fallen asleep behind the road. If you feel sleepy while you are behind the wheel, then you will need to pull over and rest.

Buckle Up

You should buckle up as soon as you get in the car – it’s Ohio law. Most places require that drivers buckle up. Furthermore, seat belts save lives.

Drive The Speed Limit

Driving the speed limit helps save lives. You are less likely to get into an accident if you drive the speed limit. You will also need to slow down in areas with construction. Furthermore, it is important to note that you are required to move over or slow down for public safety vehicles.

No Distractions

Anything that takes your attention from the road is a distraction. You should not try to multi-task. Things like putting on makeup, talking on the phone, texting and eating are some of the ways that you can get distracted while driving.

Keep Your Vehicle Maintained

Regular vehicle maintenance is essential for safe driving. That is why it is essential for you to make sure you have your vehicle serviced on a regular basis.

Vehicle black boxes: Drivers’ friend or foe?

car-keysState and federal safety regulators, as well as traffic reconstructionists and insurance companies in Ohio and across the country, call them indispensable. Privacy advocates call them troublesome.

That object of both veneration and fear, respectively, is quite nondescript and, based on sheer size alone, hardly seems worth the attention. What fans and foes alike are referring to is the black box that is fitted neatly beneath the center console in most cars and passenger trucks. The device, also known as an event recorder, is about size of a couple decks of cards.

Notwithstanding its diminutive size, though, it sure packs a lot of information, which is what its advocates point excitedly to when waxing on about its virtues. The recorder essentially just sits in position, quiet and inactive, until seconds before a car accident or other incident it senses is abnormal occurs.

The information it then records is indeed impressive. It notes the speed the vehicle was traveling. It can tell whether the vehicle’s occupants were wearing seat belts. It “knows” whether the brakes were applied leading up to a crash.

That information is “critical,” says NHTSA Administrator David Strickland, helping safety regulators determine “what future steps could be taken to save lives and prevent injuries.”

Critics are concerned, though, with other things the little black box can do, like noting a car’s location around the clock. An event recorder is flatly susceptible of abuse, they say, and there are presently no clear standards governing its use that are uniformly helpful.

“The rabbit hole goes very deep when talking about this stuff,” says one privacy advocate.

It is estimated that more than 95 percent of all vehicles in the country are presently fitted with event recorders.

Bus Company Faces Fines for Driver Log Book Violations in Ohio

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An Ohio-based bus operator, who was involved in a deadly crash in Ohio that killed three members of a Japanese tour group and injured 11 others, is being investigated for several violations including operation of fleet vehicles across state lines without a proper license and other driver log book related violations. Canyon Transportation Inc., of Salt Lake City, faces fines that could significantly affect the company if the company did not have enough liability insurance for interstate truck operation.

According to the Associated Press, Canyon Transportation fell through the “regulatory cracks” and was allowed to transport people from Salt Lake City’s airport to local ski areas and was not suppose to cross state lines. They operated a 2006 Ford E350 shuttle bus that picks up passengers from the airport as a service.

On the day of the accident, the company gave a ride to fourteen tourists from Japan in Las Vegas for a 4-day tour of he Grand Canyon in Arizona and many of the National Parkes in Ohio. According to police, the driver of the shuttle bus, 26-year-old Yasushi Mikuni, was distracted and caused the bus to rollover, killing three people. A nurse arrived on the scene about five minutes after the accident.

Authorities expressed that the company had a history of driver log book violations in the past. The shuttle was equipped with safety belts but its unclear how many people were using them. 

Authorities are still investigating the cause of the rollover. Reports detail that the driver of the shuttle has been cited in the past for various violations, including tinted windows and speeding.

The tour company helped the victims to pay for lodging and food following the crash.

Despite car technology, speeding, aggressive driving still kill

speedometerThe constantly advancing technology being put into new vehicles is astounding — cars park themselves, tell emergency responders when and where we crashed, and may soon be able to tell us if we’re in danger of veering off the road. Such advancements contribute to a safer driving experience, and may be responsible for the decline in fatal car accidents.

But we do still have to drive our own cars, and it turns out that we drivers are the brunt of the fatal-accident problem. According to a report by the Governors Highway Safety Association, speeding and aggressive driving are preventing the fatality rates from slipping any lower.

A total of 32,885 people died in motor vehicle accidents in 2010, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The United States hasn’t seen a figure that low since 1949. It’s an especially impressive figure when you consider how many more cars are on the road now than 60 years ago. We can chalk that up in part to technology, along with the fact that seatbelt use is increasing and drunk-driving is a factor in 3 percent fewer accidents since 2000.

But we’re making up for it in our old-fashioned tendencies. We’re still driving too fast, according to the GHSA. One-third of the fatalities in 2010 were attributed to speeding. In fact, speeding statistics haven’t budged in more than 30 years. Perhaps that’s because we’re not doing much to curb it. Seven states have increased their speed limits in the past seven years, up to 85 mph in some states. Conversely, only two states have raised the fines for speeding since 2005, with one of those states only raising fines for commercial vehicles. And only one state, Indiana, has passed aggressive-driving legislation since 2005, making it just the 11th state to enact any kind of aggressive driving law.

Why aren’t we slowing down, despite the danger? Drivers are simply indifferent, and most police departments lack the personnel to effectively enforce speed limits. The most effective means of reducing the accident rate further might be to bump up laws against aggressive driving. “Road rage” has become more prevalent, and drivers tend to be aware of the risks. Perhaps if more drivers realized how many lives are lost as a result of aggressive driving, the more willing they would be to relax, slow down and stay safe.

Top Things to Know About Advanced Driving Courses in Ohio

driving-courseThe greatest safety feature in modern cars is the driver. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, human behavior causes 90 percent of all vehicle crashes in Ohio. There are refresher courses available for average drivers who wish to improve their skills

Breaking Bad Habits for Good Ones

An advanced training class should help remind students the little things they may have forgotten these includes how to hold the steering, optimizing seat adjustments, and scanning the road for potential dangers. These courses also help drivers to learn how to control their emotions.

What you need to know

  • Defensive driving: This is a form of training where drivers learn the best methods of reducing the risk of collision and crashes by learning to anticipate mistakes by other drivers.
  • Seat position: It is important for drivers to learn the importance of adjusting their seat up and back. This helps drivers optimize access to the gas and brake pedals. Some people considered as bad drivers only need to change their seat position.
  • Handling adverse weather conditions: The course teaches students how to maneuver during rain and floods. Drivers learn how to monitor the road, maximize traction in frozen roads, how to drive safely and maneuver the car out of a skid during wet or icy conditions.
  • Braking: Most drivers have no idea what an anti-lock braking systems feel like. Most people panic if they feel something wrong with their brakes. An advance training class helps the student learn how to maneuver around trouble while stopping and not just learning to stop the car.
  • Changing lanes: Driving schools teach students how to change lanes over short distances and higher speeds. This improves their reaction speed and helps maintain control of the car.
  • Steering wheel grip: Advanced drivers instructors teach students to hold the steering wheel at 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock positions. A proper two-handed grip helps register how the tires grip the road and when the car starts to lose traction.
  • Distracted driving: With the advancements in technology today, it is important that drivers learn how to drive while they are distracted. Modern cars have auto entertainment systems that can connect to smartphones. These gadgets reduce the concentration of the drivers and may lead to accidents.
  • Teaching the unknown: Drivers are not aware of what they do not know unless they sign up for an advance training class.

If you have been in a car accident in Ohio, contact Ohio Accident Attorneys today for immediate help.

How to Stay Safe When Dirving Out of State

How to Stay Safe When Dirving Out of State

Spring break will be here very soon. That means many people will be hitting the beach for some fun in the sun. However, travelers have to be extra cautious in order to ensure that they stay safe while they are on vacation.

Kim Cox, who lives in Mount Vernon, has traveled all around the world. She is an Air Force veteran and has been to 33 or 34 countries. Even though she is a seasoned traveler, she is still very cautious when she travels. She never unpacks her carry-on bag. She also keeps her money and passport available at all times so that she can leave quickly. Furthermore, she always has an escape plan.

Cox is not afraid to travel across states, and she usually travels alone. She also stated that when she books a room, she does not stay on the bottom floor because that is where intruders will go first. There are a number of other things you can do in order to keep yourself safe while traveling. Below is a list of tips that will keep you safe:

Inspect The Building

When you enter a building, you will need to locate all of the exits. You should also mentally rehearse how you are going to get out of the building if you need to leave quickly. Avoid going in areas that have large ceilings and large glass panel walls.

Keep An ID With You

You will need to keep a current ID with you at all times. A police officer may ask you to provide an ID. Additionally, an ID will come in handy if something happens to you.

Keep Calm When Approached By Authorities

Many people panic when they are approached by authorities. However, if you are approached by authorities, then you will need to remain calm. Follow all of the instructions that the authorities give you.

Run If An Incident Occurs

It is best for you to run and find a place to hide if an incident occurs. If you end up in a violent encounter, then it is best for you to fight back with whatever you have at hand.

If you have been in a car accident in Ohio, contact Ohio Accident Attorneys today

Two-Separate Truck Accidents Cause Delays on Ohio Roadways

truck-accident-ohio-2Two separate Ohio truck accidents yesterday have kept Ohio Highway Patrol very busy lately.

The first accident occurred yesterday around 9:50 a.m. when a truck rollover south of Interstate 70 blocked traffic for some time. The truck, operated by Grandominico Enterprises out of Lancaster, was traveling too fast around a curve when the truck flipped. The truck was carrying a load of mulch at the time of the accident. The driver expressed that he lost control of the truck when his load shifted while turning and put too much weight and pressure on two tires, causing them to blow. The truck landed on left side of the road and landed on the driver’s side. The driver was treated for minor injuries. During clean-up of the accident, northbound lanes of Ohio 668 were shut down for some time and have now reopened.

In a separate Ohio truck accident, an Alabama man remains hospitalized in Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton after a two-truck accident yesterday on Interstate 70 in Preble County. The driver was injured when another truck struck the back of his semi-trailer. Both trucks were headed eastbound on I-70 near Ohio 503 when the accident occurred. One driver was unharmed in the crash. Due to the accident, sections of the interstate were shut down for nearly three hours. Additionally, on driver was trapped inside his rig for more than 30 minutes while authorities tried to free him from the wreckage. The injured driver underwent surgery the same day. No citations have been issued in this incident but authorities are still performing a thorough investigation.

 

5 Risk Factors for Older Drivers

older-driversIt is natural for a person to experience changes, both physically and mentally, as time goes by. Sometimes these changes modify the ability to drive a vehicle safely. The decision to evaluate an older person’s driving ability can be an emotional one. Often, people feel that any change in their access to a vehicle is an constraint on their personal independence. In such an instance, it may help to get a professional involved; often their unbiased opinion is easier to accept than commentary from a loved one. A doctor or specially trained occupational therapist will be able to help.

There are five risk factors for older drivers that are red flags, indicating when an evaluation may be needed.

The first red flag to be aware of is vision problems. Any driver needs to be able to see where they are on the road and to watch for other drivers and hazards.

The next risk factor, like the first is related to the senses: drivers must be able to hear well enough to respond to what is going on around them. A driver who cannot hear an ambulance’s siren or another car’s horn can put themselves and others in jeopardy.

Also, people often loose the ability to respond as quickly as they once were able to. Poor motor reflexes are related to diminished physical strength. Not only will the person not be able to react in time in an urgent situation, but they may not be able to react with sufficient force when they do react.

Physical conditions can worsen driving safety as well in other ways. If the older driver has a chronic physical condition that slowly worsens over time, their driving may be affected. They may not even be aware of this change if it has happened gradually. Sudden physical changes, such as are brought about by a stroke, may greatly impact their driving.

Lastly, some older people experience reduced cognitive abilities that serve as a red flag for driving safety. It may be more difficult for such an individual to be able to concentrate on multiple things. They need to be able to focus on and respond to the various signs, markings and indicators on the roadway, while still responding to changing elements such as traffic and pedestrians. If an older driver is increasingly getting lost or if they forget their destination, then it may be time to evaluate the safety of their driving.

If you have been in an Ohio car accident, contact Ohio Accident Attorneys today for immediate help.