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Concerns about airbag explosions lead to massive recall for Mazda

When consumers invest their money into a product that promises help with performing a task, they often rely on it to operate just how it was advertised. When a product fails to live up to its expectation, consumers can be left feeling cheated, infuriated and lied to. In cases that involve something designed to provide protection or safety, the repercussions of a faulty product can be even more damaging. Malfunctioning car parts for example, can leave Ohio buyers at a heightened risk of experiencing dangerous consequences that could ultimately claim their life. 

In a recent story that made national headlines, Mazda has made the decision to recall over 250,000 of its vehicles after ongoing concern about malfunctioning airbags. Their decision was reported after it was disclosed that some of their vehicles had Takata airbags installed. The problem with Takata airbags is demonstrated by statistics that reveal that motorists throughout the world, 300 to be exact, were injured by malfunctioning airbags. Another 23 people suffered fatal injuries after the product exploded. 

1 factor leads to 90 percent of car accidents

Car accidents happen every day. Do a quick search on local news websites and you can find countless examples of deadly accidents and serious injuries. Every time you hear a firetruck go by, there is a better chance that it is responding to a car accident than a fire. Sometimes, it feels like the risk of driving a car far outweighs the reward.

In the effort to put an end to these accidents, many studies have looked at the root causes. Why do accidents happen? What causes two vehicles to violently occupy the same space at the same time? What can people do to reduce these causes and therefore reduce accidents?

Damages family members may seek in an Ohio wrongful death case

When someone dies as a result of someone else's actions or behavior, the family members of the decedent can seek recompense through a wrongful death action. It may be either willful wrongdoing or gross negligence that causes the death, and the defendant in a wrongful death case can be either an individual or a larger entity. The family members must demonstrate that they have suffered damages as the result of the death. Ohio state law presumes that certain individuals suffer direct loss as a result of a loved one's death and therefore have grounds to bring a wrongful death suit. These individuals include the decedent's children, spouses and parents.

According to FindLaw, in some wrongful death cases, another individual's criminal behavior causes the death. An example would be if the decedent died in a motor vehicle accident caused by someone who was driving under the influence. Other accidents that could result in a wrongful death case include fires, medical malpractice, defective products or exposure to harmful substances during the course of employment.

The danger on the roads just keeps getting worse

You see commercials for backup cameras, lane-departure warning systems and even semi-autonomous vehicles. You see cars that can stop on their own when they detect a hazard. Maybe you even have some of these features on your own car.

Vehicles today have more safety features than ever before. It's not just about airbags and seat belts anymore. Cars are packed with systems designed to both prevent accidents and keep people safe when they do crash.

A look at rideshare accidents

In the digital age, apps have brought a number of advancements and improved lives in all sorts of ways. For example, some people have been able to use ridesharing apps to get around easier. However, as with taxis and any other vehicle, the risk of a traffic collision is concerning. Whether you regularly use a ridesharing service or work as a rideshare driver, it is important to bear in mind the risk of an accident. From sustaining an injury that leaves you unable to drive to passing away or facing significant financial challenges, motor vehicle collisions can be incredibly devastating.

If you work as a rideshare driver, you may feel fatigued from time to time, which could increase the likelihood of an accident. Or, if you are a passenger, you may observe that your driver is intoxicated or driving too fast for the road, which could also lead to a motor vehicle wreck. In some cases, ridesharing accidents occur because someone operating another vehicle is behaving recklessly behind the wheel. It is essential to do all you can to avoid a collision and respond appropriately in the event that one does occur.

What are the most common mistakes that teenage drivers make?

You have just returned home from helping your teenager to get his or her driver's license in Ohio. Now the real fun begins. You have agreed to allow your child to use one of the vehicles and are ridden with anxiety about how you can encourage him or her to drive safely and responsibly. One of the things you can do is to learn more about the most common mistakes that teenage drivers make so you can educate your child on these dangers and teach practices that will reinforce good driving behaviors. 

According to the Insurance Journal, researchers settled on three consistently-made, critical errors after surveying over 500 car accidents involving teenage drivers. In the total of accidents analyzed, almost half of them were caused by one of these three mistakes:

  • The driver failed to scan his or her surroundings: Show your child the importance of being vigilant and paying attention to the road around the vehicle. Consistently scanning can help reveal potential hazards before they turn into dangers. 
  • The driver was distracted:  Talk to your child about the dangers of trying to multitask behind the wheel. Whether it is eating, applying makeup, talking with friends or texting, distractions can create an extreme danger to your child and his or her passengers. 
  • The driver was speeding: Discuss the importance of following the rules of the road with your child, but also remind him or her that when the weather is inclement, there is construction or traffic is slowing, it is critical that speed is modified to safely navigate the road and allow him or her plenty of time to stop. 

Why the summer is more dangerous than the winter for drivers

It feels like winters in Ohio should be the most dangerous possible time for drivers. Snow and ice coat the roads. People slide off of embankments, get in rear-end accidents at stop lights and lose control on the interstate when their tires catch in that ubiquitous slush on the side of the road.

These are all very real risks, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) carried out a study that showed, without a doubt, that the summer months are actually the most dangerous. When those roads are clean and clear, accidents and fatalities go up. The study spanned an impressive 24 years, so this is comprehensive data that isn't simply linked to a momentary increase or an unexpected spike.

How many deadly drunk driving wrecks involve young drivers?

We have written about many of the car crash causes, such as distracted driving, on this blog. Many people realize that alcohol intoxication is a major risk factor when it comes to fatal motor vehicle accidents, but drivers continue to operate their vehicle while drunk. Moreover, it is crucial for parents and young drivers to be aware of just how many of these deadly drunk driving crashes involve a young driver under the influence of alcohol. Sadly, these wrecks leave many lives upended, from a young person who passes away or shatters their future to innocent victims who were hit by someone who should not have been driving.

According to statistics that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration published, 39 percent of those who were in a deadly accident involving a driver under the influence of alcohol were between the ages of 16 and 24 years old during 2016. The main cause of death for teenagers, traffic accidents have cut many lives short and caused an overwhelming amount of suffering. The NHTSA also states that deadly accidents involving an impaired driver are a major concern with regard to drivers between 25 and 34 years of age, who were in 29 percent of deadly accidents involving a driver who was impaired by alcohol.

10 top causes of distracted driving

Do you realize that one out of every four accidents happens due to driver distraction? You've surely seen examples of it before. A driver looks down at his cellphone and rear-ends another car at a stop light, never seeing the light or the other stopped car. A driver sings along with the music, merges without checking the mirrors, and sideswipes another car on the interstate. A driver drops a hamburger or a cup of coffee, slams on the brakes instinctively, and causes a three-car pile-up.

A constant risk

Social media use and auto collisions

In the digital era, many people like to use social networking sites where they can share images and messages with friends, or upload videos to the internet. Unfortunately, this technology comes with downsides as well. For example, it may increase the chances of an auto accident by leading to distracted driving. Sadly, many lives have been lost due to drivers taking their eyes off the road to interact with others through their phone and it is important to draw attention to this problem.

Using a cell phone or another electronic device in any way can be dangerous behind the wheel. However, social media can be especially concerning. For example, someone may be live streaming while driving, prompting them to pay less attention to the road as they respond to viewers and read comments. With engagement in real time and more interaction, social media can make drivers especially distracted. Unfortunately, even diverting one’s focus for a matter of seconds can cause a deadly motor vehicle collision.

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