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Recording notes after a crash might help you down the road

Another motorist has struck you, and you are now dealing with overwhelming emotional distress and physical injuries while at the scene of the accident. Jotting down what caused the crash probably is not high on your list of priorities.

However, writing down what happened before and during the crash right away is generally a wise move. This is especially true if your crash stemmed from another person's negligence. Here is a look at why making notes following a crash in Ohio can be personally beneficial, and how you should do it.

Ridesharing drivers run risk of sleep deprivation

Many ridesharing drivers in Ohio choose to work during extended periods of wakefulness. However, sleep deprivation can affect one's circadian rhythm and make the early mornings and late nights an especially dangerous time for driving. Unfortunately, ridesharing drivers can feel compelled by salary incentives to underrate sleep and keep working.

According to AAA estimates, roughly 328,000 crashes every year involve at least one drowsy driver. Of these, 109,000 result in injuries and 6,400 in death. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine called fatigued driving in the ridesharing industry a public safety risk.

Some truck drivers fighting roadway fatigue with stimulants

Truck drivers in Ohio and across the rest of the country are under increased pressure to meet hauling deadlines at all hours of the day. This type of demanding work, especially when extensive driving of long distances is required, can contribute to driver fatigue. Due to the weight and size of trucks, the victims in these accidents tend to be people in other vehicles, passengers and nearby pedestrians or cyclists.

While any type of truck-related collision can have serious consequences for everyone involved, it's longer trips lasting more than 51 miles that tend to result in motor vehicle accidents. Also, one out of every four truck drivers reports having fallen asleep behind the wheel at least once during the past month. What's also raising eyebrows is the increased use of stimulants by some truck drivers looking to stay awake while getting to their long-distance destination.

Car accidents are a leading cause of death

Ohio residents spend a good portion of their lives on or near streets and highways. Motor vehicles have become the standard mode of transportation in the United States, and it is difficult to completely avoid interacting with them either as a driver, passenger, cyclist or pedestrian.

One significant concern for many people is that of car accidents. In fact, according to the World Health Organization, traffic accidents are the eighth leading cause of death worldwide. While much has been done in the U.S. and other countries to improve road safety, including strict penalties on driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, involvement in a car accident is still a major risk.

Pedestrian crash doesn't have to leave you stopped in your tracks

You see the flashing crosswalk signal, so you start to stroll across the crosswalk. Suddenly, though, a motor vehicle moves quickly toward you. You attempt to get out of its way, but it ends up striking you, leaving you injured.

Injury-causing pedestrian crashes can easily occur in Ohio as a result of a driver's carelessness behind the wheel. Fortunately, you have the right to seek compensation for the injuries you sustain in these types of accidents.

Study shows automatic emergency braking systems very effective

If any Ohio drivers wonder if those fancy automatic emergency braking systems actually work, the answer is an emphatic yes, according to a new study. The study was conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and focused on General Motors vehicles.

Automatic emergency braking, or AEB, systems use sensors to predict impending front-end collisions and alert the driver. If the driver fails to respond, the system can automatically apply the brakes to avoid the collision. The purpose of the study was to determine how well AEB systems work at preventing rear-end striking crashes in real-world conditions. To find out, IIHS researchers asked GM to provide VIN numbers for 2013-2015 models of Buicks, Cadillacs and Chevrolets to cross-reference with police-reported accident data. During those model years, GM made AEB systems optional, so the researchers were able to compare the accident frequency of models both with and without the system.

Delayed pain may result from a car crash

You remember being involved in a motor vehicle collision a few days ago, but immediately following the collision, you felt relatively okay. After all, your crash did not occur at a high rate of speed. Your head simply moved in a backward-and-forward motion. You also remember taking notes while at the accident scene, as well as collecting the personal information of the driver who caused your crash as a result of negligent driving. Then, you continued with your day.

Now, though, you are beginning to feel some discomfort in your body. You immediately realize that the car accident did indeed cause you injuries -- those injuries were simply delayed. Fortunately, you have the right to seek compensation for such injuries in Ohio.

Incomplete police reports harm efforts to prevent car crashes

According to the National Safety Council, there are 23 possible factors in car crashes that police officers must be able to report on. However, all 50 states and Washington, D.C., fail to include fields or codes for reporting all of these critical factors. This is the conclusion of a report entitled, "Undercounted is Underinvested: How Incomplete Crash Reports Impact Efforts to Save Lives." Ohio residents may want to know the details.

Zero states have fields or codes for reporting the level of fatigue that drivers were experiencing at the time of a crash. Police in zero states are able to report on the use of driver assistance technologies, and only three states provide for the reporting of infotainment system use. Few states have fields for common offenses like texting and hands-free cell phone use.

How to reduce car accidents involving teen drivers

Teens in Ohio can be risky drivers. They lack car control experience, are prone to distractions and sometimes display poor judgment. Because of this, they can endanger themselves and others on the road.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 1,972 teen drivers were involved in deadly car crashes in 2015. Another 99,000 teen drivers were injured in accidents that same year. In fact, the problem is so severe that motor vehicle accidents are now the top cause of death for American teens ages 15 to 18 years old.

Don't allow a motorcycle crash to leave you at a standstill

The sense of freedom and exhilaration that comes with riding a motorcycle is unmatched. Unfortunately, if other drivers on the road fail to exercise caution around you as you drive your motorcycle, your trip can take a dark turn due to a serious accident.

Fortunately, if someone else's negligence has caused you to suffer severe injuries on your motorcycle, you can seek to hold this person accountable through the civil court system. Here is a glimpse at what injury-causing motorcycle accidents involve and what your rights are following these types of crashes in Ohio.

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