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Experts call for mandatory hair test for drug use among truckers

Drug use among commercial truck drivers is a widespread issue. Ohio residents should know that cocaine, opioids and marijuana are the three drugs that truckers test positive for the most. Since drugged driving is impaired driving, this trend may have been contributing to a rise in trucking accidents.

The U.S. Department of Transportation requires all truckers to undergo urine analyses. However, according to a study from the Alliance for Driver Safety & Security, urine analyses alone fail to identify 9 out of 10 drug users. This is where hair testing comes in. The DoT accepts hair testing as an optional add-on for the hiring process, and many trucking companies offer it as a result. Together, the two tests are more effective.

Summer is dangerous for teen drivers

The period between Memorial Day and Labor Day is dangerous for teen drivers on Ohio roads. This is because roads and highways will be busier with inexperienced motorists traveling to parties and vacation destinations. Parents are encouraged to teach their kids about how to stay safe while on the road. For example, parents should talk about the dangers of texting and driving at the same time.

Furthermore, teenagers should never be allowed to drive when they are tired or if they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. This is also a good idea for adults who plan on driving. Unfortunately, there may be more drinking going on during summer get-togethers. As teen drivers tend to be less experienced, it may not be safe for them to drive at night or with multiple passengers in the car with them.

Not all car accident injuries are immediately evident

For most people in the greater Cincinnati area, any car accident is traumatic, even those that do not cause visible injuries like broken bones and bleeding wounds. Many physical and psychological problems can still originate from these instances because adrenaline can cover up pain and shock, and you might have a mental fog that makes it difficult to focus on your overall well-being. Due to these reasons, it is typically not a good idea for motor vehicle crash victims to decline a trip to the hospital.

Some crash-related injuries could remain hidden for days or weeks, and when they do become evident, you might not link them to the accident. A medical examination immediately after the incident will ensure that treatment of injuries can start immediately, and it will also provide documented proof in the event of a subsequent civil lawsuit to pursue claims for financial relief.

Driving drowsy as dangerous as driving drunk

The dangers of driving while drowsy are more widely recognized in Ohio and across the country, but new data indicates that people still commonly drive when they're too tired. According to a survey by AAA, nearly a third of respondents said they had driven at least once in the previous month while they were so tired they had trouble keeping their eyes open. It is possible that prescription sleeping pills are contributing to the problem.

Consumer Reports conducted a nationally representative survey and found that 20 percent of American drivers who take sleep aids had driven within 7 hours after taking them. According to a former medical school professor, drowsy driving is nearly impossible to entirely avoid. Due to a lack of public transportation, she said, some drivers have no choice but to drive while tired.

Beware! A poolside slip-and-fall can cause severe injuries

Are you looking forward to spending family time at a resort this summer? If you do, it might be a good idea to discuss poolside safety with your loved ones. Accidents happen anywhere, at any time, and to people of all ages. It is equally important for children to learn about slip-and-fall hazards as it is for adults and elderly family members.

When you visit a resort in Ohio, the owners and management of the facility are responsible for the safety of all visitors. However, the lack of supervision and failure to do frequent hazard assessments might leave you and your loved ones vulnerable.

Carmaker aims to defeat drunk driving with technology

Many people in Ohio have good reason to be concerned about the dangers of drunk driving. In 2017 alone, 10,874 people were killed across the country due to car accidents caused by drunk drivers. Public awareness campaigns and intensified law enforcement activities have all come in response to the drunk driving threat and aim to prevent further roadway fatalities. One automaker is looking in a different direction to find a technological solution to the problem of drunk driving.

Volvo Cars has announced that it plans to launch a semi-autonomous system in its new vehicles in the early 2020s that would allow a car to detect signs of drunk driving and move the vehicle toward safety. The system would include cameras and sensors inside the car that would pick up on indications that the driver may be intoxicated. It would measure indicators like a driver's closed eyes for a long period, failure to move his or her hands on the wheel or a sudden weaving between lanes. Before acting, the system would set off a warning signal. If the driver does not respond, the system would take over. It could slow down the car or even pull it over to the roadside.

Study finds drivers engage in many distracting behaviors

Some Ohio drivers may disapprove of others using cell phones while driving, but it might not stop them from doing so themselves. This was one of the findings of a survey conducted by Root Insurance, a company that gives discounts to drivers who set aside their phones while driving.

Nearly everyone, 99 percent, said phones were one of the top distractors for drivers. Almost half said they thought it was a danger, but many also said they engaged in the same behaviors themselves. Some of the top phone-related distractions they cited were group texts or chats, social media and streaming media. Many said they would give Uber or Lyft drivers bad ratings if they texted while driving, and many also said they believed themselves to be better drivers than those for Uber and Lyft.

Common injuries associated with Ohio car accidents

When you get behind the wheel of a car to drive, you reasonably expect that you'll safely reach your destination. There is always a certain amount of risk involved in any type of travel, even as a pedestrian. However, if you adhere to Ohio traffic laws and safety regulations, you improve your own safety and the safety of those who share the roads you travel. Then again, you can't control another person's behavior, which means your risk for injury increases if a reckless or negligent driver is nearby.

Even a minor car accident can result in injuries that have long-lasting consequences. Physical pain and discomfort are definitely not the only damages suffered by most accident victims. Your injuries in a car accident may necessitate taking time off work, which can lead to employment problems, as well as economic distress. There are numerous injuries that frequently occur in vehicular collisions. It is a good idea to document any symptoms you have and to seek medical attention, as needed.

AEB systems on 2017-2018 Nissan Rogues malfunctioning

Ohio readers may be concerned to learn that the automatic emergency braking, or AEB, systems on some 2017-2018 Nissan Rogues appear to be malfunctioning, according to an automobile safety group. As a result, the vehicles could come to a sudden emergency stop and cause a serious car accident.

The Center for Auto Safety says that the AEB systems on more than 800,000 2017-2018 Nissan Rogues have the potential to perform erratically and come to sudden, unnecessary stops, endangering the occupants of the Rogue and the occupants of nearby vehicles. CAS has received at least 87 consumer complaints regarding the issue. For example, one New York owner reported that his or her Rogue came to abrupt stops in the middle of the road and on railroad tracks. To correct the defect, some owners have started manually disabling the AEB system each time they start their vehicle. While this eliminates the risk of any malfunctions, it also eliminates any safety advantages the system provides.

States consider device that checks cellphone use after accident

Data regarding whether cellphones were a factor in motor vehicle accidents may be improved in Ohio if a new technology that checks phone activity is widely adopted by law enforcement. Nevada and New York are two states where the legislature has considered a device called the "textalyzer."

The textalyzer can be attached to a mobile phone to see what kind of user activity has occurred. The Israeli-based company that created the device says it does not store personal information, but it has not been field-tested. Furthermore, privacy advocates have raised concerns about its use. The original proposal before the Nevada legislature allowed a person's license to be suspended if the person refused to allow law enforcement to use the device on the phone, but it has been amended to say that a search warrant will be required if a person refuses. In 2017, the New York legislature rejected a measure that would have put the device in use, but it is once more under consideration.

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