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The one thing that really makes cars dangerous

When you read the news, you can find all sorts of things that make it dangerous to ride in a car. Drunk drivers pose a risk, especially after dark. Distracted drivers cause accidents, especially if they are young. Drowsy drivers fall asleep behind the wheel, especially when they're overworked and trying to do too much.

Technology tries to combat the epidemic of accidents. Automatic braking systems, lane departure warnings, airbags, seat belts, crumple zones: These are just a few of the systems designed to make cars safer. They help, for certain. But they never make it so that getting hurt or killed in an accident isn't a risk that drivers face daily.

Thorough research can provide better protection for consumers

When people are interested in purchasing a new product in Ohio, chances are it is because they have seen it advertised or heard a marketing pitch that provided a reason for them to need that product. Often, businesses will research consumer markets and gauge the interest and needs of their audience to find ways to demonstrate how their product can help meet a need or make a process more comfortable and more efficient. While many companies go to great lengths to verify a product's safety and effectiveness before releasing it to market, it is also the responsibility of consumers to do their research before making a purchase. 

According to USA.gov, it is recommended that consumers take adequate time to read through the reviews provided by other people who have purchased the product. Sometimes, there are also experts that weigh in on a product's reliability, and people can get a good idea of what to expect from using the product by reading these reviews. They can also gauge whether or not there are concerns that may be worth noting before deciding to buy that product. 

5 things you may not know about traumatic brain injuries

Violent car accidents often lead to traumatic brain injuries. These can be open or closed injuries. They can happen with or without obvious visual signs. And they impact everyone differently.

When a loved one suffers from a TBI, the road to healing can be very long. It is important for family members to know exactly what to expect. Here are five things you may not have known:

Be a responsible motorcycle rider

Owning and/or riding a motorcycle can be exciting and fun, but riders in Ohio must follow certain rules to stay within the law. This includes going through the proper steps to get licensed. It is also important motorcyclists follow the rules of the road and take extra safety precautions to reduce the chance of accidents with other motorists.

According to the Ohio BMV, one can get a temporary motorcycle permit as early as age 15 and a half. Riders with a permit must follow certain restrictions. These include:

  • Wear protective eyewear and an approved helmet
  • No passengers
  • Ride in daylight only
  • No riding on busy highways or interstates

How to get young drivers to take driving safety seriously

You see plenty of young drivers on the roads every day. These teenagers learned enough to pass their driving tests, but you worry that they simply approached them like any school test: They crammed until they had the information "memorized" for a few days, passed the tests and then forgot most of what they had learned.

In particular, you worry about distracted driving. You know how dangerous it is. You know how often teens do it. And you also know that, despite being told about the dangers many times during their training, teens just do not take this risk seriously. That's why they keep on doing it. How can adults change this dangerous mindset?

Flu season and car crashes

Auto accidents are caused by many different things, such as reckless behavior and bad weather. However, drivers should be aware of less common causes also. For example, someone who is sick may be more likely to cause a motor vehicle wreck for various reasons and this becomes especially concerning during the flu season. If you are sick and need to drive, it is vital to make sure that you are able to safely operate a vehicle and that you do not put any lives at risk, including your own. Unfortunately, some people do not follow this advice, especially if they need to get to work or take care of some other responsibility.

Driving while sick can be dangerous for a number of reasons. Someone who has the flu, for example, may not be sleeping well due to their illness and they may be very tired. Headaches and other flu symptoms can also get in the way of a person’s ability to drive. For example, someone may lose mental focus or take their hands off of the wheel to blow their nose or reach for flu medicine. Moreover, drugs that are taken to help with flu symptoms can make people drowsy, which is very dangerous on the road.

Downed power lines and the risk of an accident

The roads have many hazards to watch out for, some of which are the result of driver negligence and some of which are caused by mother nature. During an intense storm, there may be a number of hazards on the road. For example, heavy rain or snow may affect visibility and road conditions, while strong winds can blow debris onto the roadway. Sometimes, these strong winds can bring down power lines and there are other reasons why power lines may be down (lightning, etc.). As a driver, it is crucial to be aware of these hazards while you are behind the wheel, especially since they may increase the chances of a collision occurring.

It is important to make sure that you drive carefully if you suspect that there may be downed power lines. In some cases, you may need to turn around and avoid a particular section of the road due to this hazard. Even if you drive carefully, however, other drivers may not. For example, someone may be driving extremely fast even though a power line is down, and they may drive into oncoming traffic or cause a crash by slamming on their brakes suddenly.

How many traffic deaths involve bicyclists?

Any type of vehicle can be hazardous on the road and anyone who is riding in a vehicle, walking or riding a bicycle may be seriously hurt or killed in the event that a collision occurs. Sadly, this happens far too often and some people, such as bicyclists, face an especially high chance of passing away or becoming seriously hurt when they are struck by a reckless driver. If you regularly ride a bicycle for exercise, endurance training, transportation or just for fun, it is important to be aware of these risks and realize just how many lives are lost to traffic crashes involving bicyclists.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, bicyclists made up for more than two percent of all traffic fatalities during 2016. Moreover, it is important to keep in mind that while this figure may seem relatively small, the majority of people on roadways across the country are not riding bicycles. Furthermore, the NHTSA points out that most of the fatalities took place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

First-aid treatment of a broken bone: Know what you’re doing

It's not easy to break a bone, but it happens more often than many people believe. This is particularly true of people who are involved in some type of accident, such as a slip, fall or car crash.

If you're involved in a motor vehicle accident, the first thing you should do is check yourself and your passengers for injuries. Don't worry about anything else just yet, as your health is top priority.

Don’t ignore the signs of drowsy driving

When driving, you know how important it is to pay attention to the road and your surroundings at all times. Even with this in mind, you may find yourself becoming more tired as each mile passes by.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, 60 percent of Americans have operated a motor vehicle while feeling drowsy. Even more alarming is the fact that 37 percent of Americans admitted to falling asleep while driving over the past year.

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