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Construction zone accident claims Ohio truck driver's life

Ohio's place between the American heartland and the industrial Northeast ensures that constant freight and passenger traffic occupy the state's many roads and highways. Constant use has led to increasing numbers of construction projects and workers on those roads, which can cause hazards for drivers.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) reports that more than 120 construction workers die on U.S. roads every year. Many car and truck accidents are caused or made worse by construction conditions on highways.

Ohio man is automated driving's first highway fatality

Driving is one of the United States' great traditions. New technologies and designs have allowed each of the last five generations of Americans to travel farther and faster than the one before it. We are now on the cusp of yet another development in driving: one that allows us to give control to automated driving systems.

Distraction on the road and inattention to life-saving details has been a problem for many of these generations as well. The expansion of vehicle types, cell phones, car audio systems and sheer number of cars on the road has made accidents common and often harmful.

Woman loses life in Ohio car collision

Ohio is host to more car and truck traffic every year. That trend has unfortunately brought increasing numbers of car accidents to the forefront of law enforcement's attention in the state.

A 63-year-old woman tragically lost her life while en route to her family reunion in rural Ohio. She was in the passenger seat in a car driven by a 17-year-old driver when it was struck by a pickup truck.

Recent truck inspections show troubling trends

Much of the United States' domestic cargo gets to its destination by truck, leading to heavy traffic on interstate highways and roads near large cities and towns. Ohio, the gateway between the Northeast and the Midwest, hosts a large proportion of truck traffic near its major cities.

Safety is a top priority among truck drivers, fleet owners and the motorists near trucks who rely on properly-maintained equipment to avoid property damage and injury. New and existing technologies help maintain safety ratings and avoid catastrophe on the road.

Motorcycle accidents increase in Ohio

Motorcycles are a fast and convenient way to enjoy the road or get to a destination, and thousands of Ohioans own a motorcycle as a primary or secondary vehicle. Thanks to increased awareness and technological advances, the chances of a motorcycle crash resulting in injury or death have fallen overall.

The dangers to motorcyclists remain clear in Ohio, where motorcycle-related crashes increased by 16 percent from 2015 to 2016, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. This is while the state's number of licensed motorcycle drivers remained relatively unchanged.

Four Tragic Types Of Amusement Park Accidents

This summer, a ride at the Ohio State Fair broke apart, killing one person and injuring seven. Later investigation revealed that excessive corrosion was the reason for the accident. The ride, called the Fire Ball, was 18 years old. Corrosion on an interior support beam caused the ride to give way while in motion.

Amusement part accidents are shocking and sometimes fatal, and unfortunately they're not rare enough. So how do they happen, and what can you do if they happen to you or your family? Here are some common reasons people get injured at amusement parks:

Understanding recreational user status in Ohio

Ohio is a great state for outdoor activity, and thousands of people from in and out of state enjoy hiking, fishing and other recreation on public and private lands. Accidents can happen in the forests and fields, and it is important for adventurers to know what protections they can expect.

Owners of property that is voluntarily offered to the public or specific individuals may escape liability if a person is injured on that land. The Ohio statute that covers this is known as "recreational user" liability, and there are exceptions to its coverage.

Fatal bicycle crash highlights worsening trend in Ohio

Ohio roads pose a variety of dangers to motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians. Country highways are beset by speeders, and urban centers contain distracted motorists dealing with many different stimuli. Vigilance is important, as more fatalities occur on the roads every year.

To wit, the driver of a passenger vehicle was charged in connection with the recent death of bicyclist in Cleveland. Police reports and court filings state the 84-year-old driver ran a red light and struck a bicyclist crossing his path. The biker was struck and dragged by the car, causing fatal injuries.

Alcohol suspected in fiery motorcycle crash

Motorcycles are one of the most enjoyable and efficient ways to travel the roads, but motorcyclists are often at a disadvantage on the roads when it comes to safety. Bikes are narrower with fewer lights, which makes them more difficult for car and truck drivers to see. Inattentive drivers -- as well as intoxicated drivers -- can pose a grave danger to motorcycle operators and passengers.

The driver of a sport utility vehicle in northern Ohio is facing charges related to a collision with a motorcycle that left the bike in flames and sent the rider to the hospital. Cleveland police say the charges include aggravated vehicular assault and operating a vehicle under the influence.

The dangers of drunk driving in Ohio

Drunk driving is a serious problem in Ohio. More than 3,600 people were killed in an accident involving a drunk driver in the decade between 2003 and 2012, with relative rates slightly above the national average. Victims above the age of 20 were at special risk compared to the rest of the United States.

A study determined that Ohio is also slightly above the national average in people who reported driving after drinking too much in the previous 30 days. This suggests that millions of Ohioans put themselves and others at risk every year by getting behind the wheel after two or more drinks.

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