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Car accident kills Ohio man

In Lyons, Ohio, at approximately 5:00 p.m. on March 11, a pickup truck collided with a semi-truck pulling a tanker. A 22-year-old Ohio resident who was the driver of the pickup was pronounced dead at the scene. The other driver did not report any injuries. The tanker was empty at the time of the truck accident. It is believed that the accident occurred because the young man failed to stop at a stop sign. The pickup collided with the rear axle of the semi-truck. Police believe that alcohol may have contributed to the collision. The man's blood alcohol level at the time of the accident was not released.

ATA believes FMCSA regulations are based on agenda

The American Trucking Associations is challenging the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's new rules about off-duty break periods and restart periods based on the argument that there is no data to back up the change in regulations. The ATA argues that the new rules will not prevent a single truck accident based on available data. Instead, the organization notes that existing rules have proven effective and that the changes are driven by the FMCSA's own agenda. The ATA has brought the matter on for a hearing before the Appeals Court in an effort to bar the agency from enforcing the new regulations. The ATA, supported by other trucking groups, is arguing that the new rules will place undue burdens on truckers across the country and will not lower accident rates. The group also claims that the changes are not based on any type of verifiable data but instead on an agenda designed by the FMCSA to inconvenience trucking companies.

Accidents cost society billions and leave heavy emotional toll

While the total number of fatal car accidents in Ohio and the U.S. has fallen, more teens die in crashes than by any other cause, including suicide or medical conditions, and, on average, car accidents cost society $300 billion annually. This figure represents the associated medial costs of an accident as well as the costs of damage to property, lost wages and a reduced quality of life. Just a single death from a car accident in 2010 resulted in an average cost of $1.4 million to society. Distracted driving is the cause behind many deadly accidents. An estimated 15 people are killed every day because of distracted driving. Texting while driving, which takes a drivers' eyes and attention off the road and requires their hands to be off the steering wheel, makes a driver 23 times more likely to crash or have an accident. In addition, men appear to be more likely to be involved in a fatal accident. For all deadly accidents in 2010, men accounted for 70 percent of the deaths. 

Football brain injuries linked to autoimmune phenomenon

Ohio brain-injury victims and neuroscience buffs alike may take interest in new studies by the University of Rochester Medical Center and the Cleveland Clinic, which propose that some brain injuries that result in long-term brain degeneration could be attributed to an autoimmune response similar to what patients of multiple sclerosis experience. Many scientists now agree that receiving repeated, sub-concussive hits to the head, which football players often endure, could lead to brain injury disorders later on in life. However, these new studies suggest that brain injuries caused by repeated hits to the head might be caused by a response of the body's immune system rather than simply being the result of traumatic force. This recent theory states that when the body receives hits to the head, the barrier that separates the brain from the blood opens slightly. This allows some of the proteins and molecules that protect the brain from foreign substances to leak into the bloodstream, which in turn weakens the brain's protection. 

U of C student killed by hit-and-run driver

A 21-year-old student at the University of Cincinnati was killed as he attempted to cross Interstate 71 by the William Howard Taft Road ramp. The victim was struck by a car driven by a 21-year-old woman who then fled the scene. Investigators working on the car accident later found the vehicle abandoned at a gas station on Montgomery Road. When investigators contacted the owner of the car, a 26-year-old man, it was revealed that the young woman was driving and that the owner and two other passengers were in the vehicle at the time. The driver was arrested for failure to stop at the scene of an accident while the owner was charged with both failure to maintain insurance on the vehicle and for an outstanding Mariemont traffic citation. Investigators believe alcohol was a factor in the crash.

Hit-and-run in Columbus may have been intentional, witness claims

A 25-year-old Columbus man is in the intensive care unit following a grisly hit-and-run accident that occurred during the afternoon of March 5. Chillicothe police are currently investigating the car accident that reportedly occurred when the man ran into the road to retrieve his dog, and the neighbor of the injured man has come forward as a witness.The woman asserts that the hit-and-run was intentional. She reports seeing the man raise his hand reflexively before entering the roadway in order to signal to the car to stop, but the vehicle struck him at an estimated 60 mph instead and drove off. She then attempted to comfort the injured man, who appeared pale and reported that he felt no sensation and may have broken his back. The woman's identity is currently being withheld while authorities look for the driver of the vehicle.

Price Hill residents injured in hit and run

After running a red light, a driver of a Mitsubishi Galant slammed into an Oldsmobile on Feb. 24 in the Price Hill neighborhood of Cincinnati. Four people were injured as a result of the car accident. The driver of the Mitsubishi and his passengers fled the scene.The crash occurred at the intersection of Lehman Road and Grand Avenue in Cincinnati at approximately 9 p.m. The Oldsmobile was heading north on Grand Avenue at the time it was struck by the Mitsubishi, which then hit a parked Chevrolet van. The four people who were injured were taken to a hospital.

Fatalities in Ohio car crash

An Owen County accident resulted in the death of two people and a serious injury for a third. Police are still investigating the car accident and its cause. The car accident occurred at about 5 p.m. on U.S. Route 127. A driver of a pickup truck crossed the center line and had a head-on collision with another car that was driven by a 73-year-old woman, who had a 76-year-old woman in the vehicle as a passenger. Both women were taken to a medical center in Owenton and died as a result of the injuries that they suffered from the car accident.

Major truck collision injures two in Martins Ferry

A recent accident involving a tractor trailer and a rented Penske box truck caused injuries and delays on the Ohio 7. The box truck rear-ended the big rig, resulting in a truck accident that trapped the box truck's driver and passenger between the dashboard and their seats. The injured had to be removed from their crushed vehicle by the Jaws of Life. The driver sustained minor injuries, but the passenger, the 10-year-old daughter of the driver, sustained life-threatening injuries. She was flown to a nearby children's hospital. Following the crash, both lanes of the Ohio 7 were shut down, and traffic was rerouted while the scene was being cleared.

Failure to yield car accidents a major problem in Ohio

The Ohio State Highway Patrol has issued a public safety warning to drivers in relation to traffic accident statistics. According to the OSP, the second highest cause of car accidents involving fatalities in the state in 2012 related to failure to yield violations. In fact, over 37,400 car accidents were caused by failing to yield as well as other negligent actions such as motorists failing to stop at stop signs or running red lights. The OSP has released additional details about the cause of the state's car accidents during the last calendar year. In these crashes, over 23,300 were injured and 187 died. In approximately one-third of these car accidents, drivers 25 years old or younger were at fault. The OSP has urged drivers to be more cautious when approaching and passing through intersections as well as to report dangerous driving activity to authorities.

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