Motorists and road workers: Working together to avoid accidents

Ohio residents know that summertime is synonymous with road construction. In fact, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation, nearly 8,000 projects are slated for this season.

And whether you are a motorist navigating roads under construction or the workers tackling projects to improve roadways, safety should be a top priority this summer.

Last year, there were more than 4,800 work zone crashes resulting in 19 fatalities and 119 serious injuries. While that was a statistically low number of crashes, it is still far too many, and there is more that everyone can do to drive that number down even further. Continue reading “Motorists and road workers: Working together to avoid accidents”

Avoid these common summertime accidents

For a lot of people, summertime means more time spent outside, enjoying various warm-weather activities and adventures.

Unfortunately, summertime can also be a time of increased likelihood of accidents and injuries. More time spent in pools, outdoors, and doing recreational activities means more opportunities for these incidents to happen.

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Don’t discount boat safety

Now that warm weather has finally arrived, time on the lake is a tempting way to spend another Ohio summer.

Before setting out, it’s important to remember boating season offers its own unique challenges and risks. A few precautions before you hit the water can help make your summer one to remember, instead of one to forget.

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Is distracted driving an addiction?

In Ohio, it’s against the law to text and drive; in many other states, it’s against the law to even use a handheld phone while driving. The laws prohibit these distracting behaviors because they put people in danger.

Unfortunately, millions of people still get distracted by their phones behind the wheel. They watch movies on their phones, check email, browse Facebook and post pictures on Instagram. People do this despite the well-known risks of such behaviors. Why?

Some parties believe it’s because we are addicted to our phones.

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Avoiding an accident this Memorial Day weekend

According to AAA, nearly 42 million Americans will travel this Memorial Day weekend. That is almost five percent more than last year.

More travelers means more drivers on our roads, more people getting to and from the airport – and the potential for more roadway accidents.

What can motorists do to keep themselves safe while traveling this weekend? Here are some tips to keep in mind:

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It’s not just hot air: Tech firm aims to make motorcycles safer

People often associate motorcycles and those who ride them with recklessness and rebellion. Many see it as a risky means of transportation utilized by people who would rather have fun than be safe.

However, motorcyclists value safety just as much as anyone else, and riders typically take whatever precautions they can take to avoid accidents. While bikes may come equipped with fewer safety features that allow them to do this, that is changing as companies work to make motorcycles safer.

Recently, for instance, a German technology firm announced they were working on safety feature for motorcycles that seems almost intergalactic.

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The 100 Deadliest Days for teen drivers

Summer is right around the corner. For teens, summer means lots of free time, summer jobs and activities, and spending time with friends. For new teen drivers, summer also means more time to spend behind the wheel.

Getting a driver’s license is an exciting accomplishment for teenagers, but these drivers are the most inexperienced drivers on the road. According to the AAA Foundation For Traffic Safety, new teenage drivers (16- and 17-year-olds) are three times more likely to be involved in a fatal car accident than adult drivers.

Additionally, the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day sees 15 percent more fatal teen car accidents than the rest of the year. This 100-day period is known as the 100 Deadliest Days.

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Falls and the elderly: A troubling issue without an easy solution

When elderly loved ones are in the care of medical professionals, we expect that they will be treated with compassion and dignity. They are, after all, vulnerable and often dependent on nurses, support staff and doctors.

However, while many people receive a standard level of care in a hospital, nursing home or other care facility, many do not. And too often, this leads to serious – and preventable – accidents, including falls.

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