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Ohio Speed Limit Increase Proposal

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Millions rely on Ohio’s rural interstates to travel long-distance to and from work or school with average commutes ranging from 25-45 minutes. Over the course of a month, that’s a lot of time spent sitting in your car waiting to get somewhere. If you actually go the speed limit, times increase even more. Ohio’s rural interstates are the most efficient way of traveling long-distance, yet they are also the most frustrating to drive on. It makes sense to many to increase the posted speed limit as roads maintained by the state and federal governments are in good shape, and today’s cars are much more capable of driving high speeds safely.

 

Will Ohio Increase the Speed Limit on Rural Roads?

 

Because people already go so fast on rural roadways, many in Ohio have pushed to increase the speed limit. In fact, the speed limit on rural freeways was increased to 70 MPH from 65 MPH in 2013. Recently, proposals for a 75 MPH speed limit on the Ohio turnpike were included in a new transportation bill  by state senators. An added provision to ban driving in the left lane on roads that have at least 3 lanes in the same direction was also added to discourage drivers from driving in the left lane unless they are passing or exiting the road. Several lawmakers and residents of Cleveland supported the 5 MPH increase, however the action failed due to safety concerns.

 

Raising the speed limit to 75 MPH would have made Ohio the nation’s second state east of the Mississippi River to have a speed limit above 70. This motion was scrapped due to the belief that allowing for a 75 MPH speed limit would lead to more accidents and the state of Ohio would potentially face lawsuits because of it. Proponents of the measure argued that accidents dropped since rural freeway limits increased to 70 from 65 in 2013. Still, stretches of freeway with the new 70 MPH limit had an increase in injury crashes after that limit was raised. Maximum fuel economy is also achieved between 55 and 60 MPH.

 

Regardless of the posted speed limit drivers tend to drive faster than what is advised. Perhaps it is best to keep the speed limit relatively low so that drivers won’t be tempted to accelerate to even higher speeds. Still, some argue that higher speed limits force drivers to pay more attention to their driving, as fewer would be texting at 75 MPH than at 65 MPH. It seems that speeding is just one out of many issues that remain to be addressed to reduce the number of crashes and fatalities we see on the roads every day.

 

If you’ve been the victim of a reckless driver’s speeding in Ohio, it’s time to contact your local Ohio accident attorneys to help you file a claim for your property damage and any injuries you may have sustained. Call 888-906-4943 today for a free consultation.

 

Most Dangerous Roads in Ohio

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Accidents in Ohio are fairly common. In 2014, Ohio had 282,368 car accidents, or about 773 accidents per day! Just last year, the number of deaths resulting from a car, truck or motorcycle crash peaked at almost 5,000. For those driving in Ohio, that can be an intimidating statistic. However, there are some common reasons as to why these crashes are happening, and where they are most commonly occurring.

 

Most Dangerous Roads

Cut-In-The-Hill

This highway, Interstate 71/75 starts in Kentucky and stretches through the Ohio River Valley towards Cincinnati. Formerly known As “Death Hill” by locals, it had to be reconstructed in 1989 to fix the glaring problem of narrow passages, misconstrued roadlines, and high speed limits.

 

Highway to Heaven

This is U.S. 27, or otherwise known as the “Highway to Heaven” to those who reside in Butler County. The road runs from Cincinnati to Oxford, and is known for having one of the highest automobile related fatalities in the state.

 

Telegraph Road

The long stretch of U.S. 24 from Fort Wayne, Indiana, to Toledo, Ohio, holds a reputation for being one of the most dangerous roads in the area.  The accessibility to only two lanes lead to an increase in head on collisions throughout the road between cars and semi-trucks.

 

Top Causes of Car Accidents

Alcohol

No matter where you go or how you go about it, alcohol and driving do not mix. Not only is drunk driving extremely illegal, but it impairs the senses and perception of anyone behind the wheel. Many people misjudge the amount they’ve had to drink, or simply believe that they are able to drive while drunk. Because of this, there are over 7,000 crashes each year in the state of Ohio.

 

Speeding

Everyone goes above the speed limit sometimes. Every area has its different laws about how far over the limit is acceptable, but going illegally over the speed limit can lead to trouble. When you’re going faster than everyone around you, you are given less time to react to sudden changes. These sudden changes can be fatal, and amount to almost 12,000 crashes annually.

 

These roads may be more statistically dangerous to drive on, but it’s important to drive as safely as possible to lessen the risk of getting in an accident yourself.

 

If you find yourself in an accident on these or any other roads in Ohio, don’t hesitate to call Ohio Car Accident Attorneys right away for a free consultation. We are available around the clock at 888-906-4943.

First Steps After a Car Accident

shutterstock_284520089If you have been in a car accident, you may have severe injuries, you may be in shock, but you are definitely in a state of heightened mix emotions. There are several things you need to do at this moment, so it’s important to try to remain calm and take things one step at a time.

Stay put

If you were directly involved in this accident, whether you think you caused it or not makes no difference if you flee the scene of the accident. It is illegal to flee the scene of an accident before a policeman arrives to take a report of the accident, particularly if anyone was injured or killed. If you leave the accident scene under these situations, you face strict criminal penalties for being a hit-and-run driver.

Check yourself and others out

Immediately following a car accident, you need to make sure you and others around you are ok. Check yourself for injuries and call an ambulance if you are unsure whether you or others have sustained any injuries. Symptoms for injuries may not begin to show for several days or weeks following this accident, as your body is now in a state of shock.
Take pictures of the accident scene
If you are OK to do so and have your camera or smartphone ready, take photographs of the scene of the accident quickly before the cops arrive and before moving the vehicles to the side of the road. (more…)

Should Ohio Raise the Driving Age?

shutterstock_342803096WWhen teenagers make only 5% of all drivers on the road, but are responsible for 13% of all fatalities resulting from car crashes, action needs to be taken. According to several sources, 16-18 year-olds are the most likely age group to die from a car accident. The CDC claims that motor vehicle accidents are actually the top killer of US teenagers, with an average of 6 teens aged 16-19 dying everyday on US roadways.

Some suggest raising the driving age to 18  will help minimize the number of fatalities induced by teen drivers, but is this a viable solution? While most proponents of raising the driving age to 18 utilize emotional appeals in their arguments by recounting personal anecdotes, the fact of the matter is that simply raising the legal driving age is not going to automatically make those drivers more skilled by the time they reach 18. Several factors put teens at risk that stem from a combination of their immaturity and lack of experience.

What puts teens at risk?

Teenagers learning how to drive put themselves at risk in a variety of ways due to the fact that they just don’t know any better or think ahead.

  • Teens underestimate danger and fail to recognize hazards more than older drivers
  • Teens are more likely to speed and leave less distance between cars
  • Teens have the lowest rate of seatbelt use, with only 55% of high school students reporting they always wear a seatbelt when riding in the car with someone else
  • Teens are more at risk of being involved in a collision when they drink and drive

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