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Motor vehicle accidents: 5 dead in Ohio

Five people tragically lost their lives after a wrong-way crash on State Route 7. The Ohio State Highway Patrol has confirmed that two vehicles were involved in the accident, which may have also involved alcohol. Motor vehicle accidents causing fatalities are always carefully investigated, but especially so when criminal activity may have contributed to the tragedy. 

According to the limited information in the report, the crash included an SUV carrying four individuals and a sedan carrying two people. Witnesses say the sedan was traveling south in the northbound lanes just prior to the crash, which happened at approximately 11:15 p.m. on the night of Nov. 23. It is unclear whether the crash was head-on, but it seems likely considering the facts of the case. 

Motor vehicle accidents: 1 dead in Ohio

Police in Columbus have reported a traffic fatality as a result of a two-vehicle accident on Jackson Pike. Ohio authorities have confirmed the death of a 32-year-old woman in a collision. So far, no charges have been filed, but as with all motor vehicle accidents causing fatalities, an in-depth investigation is underway. 

According to the limited information available in the report, it appears the 32-year-old woman was headed northbound on Jackson Pike near OH 104 around 1:30 p.m. the afternoon of Nov. 6 when the accident occurred. A 60-year-old man driving southbound reportedly crashed into her vehicle in the northbound lanes. The force of the impact killed the woman, who was pronounced dead at the scene as soon as authorities arrived. 

Driver error can easily lead to serious car accidents

Driving, using public transportation or otherwise being on the road is an activity that is unavoidable for many Ohio residents. You and many other people have places you need to be on a daily basis, and often, it is the roadways that help get you there. Of course, whether you are driving or are a passenger, you know that an accident could occur at any moment.

Unfortunately, both experienced and inexperienced drivers can make any number of mistakes while behind the wheel. Even if individuals know that they should not carry out a certain action, such as checking a cellphone, they may do it anyway with a complete disregard for the risk at which they are putting themselves and others.

Motor vehicle accidents: 4 injured in crash

A collision between two vehicles in Zanesville sent four people to the hospital, according to local sources. The Ohio State Highway Patrol is still investigating the cause of the crash, which happened during the afternoon of Oct. 26. Motor vehicle accidents causing injury do not always result in criminal charges being filed, but police have not ruled out the possibility of charges at this time. 

According to the report, around 3:10 p.m. a pickup truck driven by an 18-year-old man crossed the center line of Ohio 60. His vehicle collided with a car going the opposite direction, driven by a 22-year-old man from Dresden. The force of the impact ejected a 16-year-old female passenger from the pickup truck and caused massive damage to both vehicles. 

Pedestrian fatalities in Ohio on the increase

Over the past several years, many cities around the country have launched efforts designed to improve safety for pedestrians. These programs include things like adding or upgrading sidewalks, reducing speed limits on designated streets, adding speed bumps and more. It seems that Ohio may want to consider some efforts like this as the number of people on foot dying in vehicular crashes has been on the rise.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 85 pedestrian fatalities in Ohio in 2013 and 87 in 2014. This modest increase was followed by three more substantial ones first to 116 deaths in 2015 and then to 134 and 142 deaths in 2016 and 2016, respectively. Along with the sheer number of pedestrians being killed every year, foot traffic deaths have represented a greater percentage of overall traffic fatalities in the state. In 2013, pedestrian deaths accounted for 8.6% of all vehicular fatalities but in 2017, they accounted for 12%.

Deadly hazing incident spurs Ohio University decision

Despite the many warnings, injuries and even fatalities surrounding university hazing rituals, it seems that this harmful and juvenile practice continues to be a problem in colleges in Ohio and across the country. The recent death of a fraternity pledge was the catalyst to a decision that some do not agree with, while Ohio University officials believe it is necessary to get the point across that this behavior is intolerable.

Last May, an Ohio University freshman died during an alleged hazing ritual with the Sigma Pi fraternity. According to NBC News, the student asphyxiated when fraternity members reportedly forced him to ingest nitrous oxide. The young man's parents have filed a wrongful death lawsuit, and the university expelled Sigma Pi as a result.

Protect kids from backover accidents

Many Ohio parents may worry that their child will get hit by a car if he or she runs into the street. However, they may not consider the possibility that a car might back over their child.

A backover accident occurs when drivers do not see a child and hit him or her as they reverse. According to KidsandCars.org, the latest statistics indicate that 12,000 children incurred injuries after getting backed over by a car in 2015, while 284 children died. Children under the age of five are most likely to get struck by a reversing car. These accidents usually occur because a child is in a car's blind spots. Vehicles may have a blind spot that extends up to 25 feet behind the back of the car. This means that even if children are not directly behind the car, a driver still may not see them.

Which common hospital mistake led to your injury?

Medical malpractice comes in many forms. It can happen because a doctor wrote the wrong prescription or the pharmacist gave you the wrong medication. It happens when a surgeon operates on the wrong location or you get an infection because you didn't get proper care after a procedure. No matter the reason, medical malpractice can result in significant harm to Ohio patients. 

When you go to a hospital, you probably assume that you will get the care you need and the right type of treatment for your illness or injury. Unfortunately, that does not always happen. Hospital errors are some of the most common reasons for medical malpractice and patient harm or death. Whether you are post-operative or you may need care in the future, it can be helpful to learn more about these common causes and how they could impact you.

How do you childproof a house?

You may think that your Ohio home is safe for your children and your friends' children. However, your house may not be as childproof as you think. It is important to make sure your home is safe for all of the children who live there, as well as the ones who will visit.

To make sure your home is fully childproof, it is a good idea to walk through each room and look for potential hazards. Parents magazine says you may want to put up a baby gate so small children cannot get into the kitchen by themselves. Additionally, you may want to put latches on your refrigerator and lower cabinets so toddlers cannot open them. Many young children may also be able to reach your counters, so it is a good idea to push appliances like the coffeemaker and the toaster against the wall, with the cords tucked out of reach. It is also a good idea to install a stove guard so toddlers cannot reach the stove knobs and the burners.

What are catastrophic injuries?

It can be easy to sustain serious injuries in an accident, especially in a pedestrian or motor vehicle collision or other major mishap. However, there are differences between serious injuries from which you eventually recover and injuries that are classified as catastrophic. Catastrophic injuries are, in fact, those that may be considered life-threatening. At the law office of Klein & Carney Co., L.P.A., we are prepared to represent the rights of Ohio residents who are suffering from catastrophic injuries, or the family members of those who lost their lives after an accident.

According to FindLaw, catastrophic injuries involve those that would be life-changing or could result in death several months or years later. A catastrophic injury can also be immediately fatal. Such injuries may include the following:

  • A traumatic brain injury after a tool falls on your head from a construction site
  • Internal injuries or significant skin abrasions from a motorcycle accident
  • Third-degree burns from a house fire
  • Blood loss and disfigurement from a dog attack

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