Ohio Speed Limit Increase Proposal

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 … Read more…

Most Dangerous Roads in Ohio

  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 … Read more…

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.

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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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