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Traffic fatalities down 2%, but still remain high

On the surface, the numbers are encouraging. Preliminary estimates from the National Safety Council (NSC) show the number of traffic fatalities has dropped for two straight years. An estimated 38,800 people died in 2019, down two percent from 39,904 in 2018 and 4 percent from 40,231 in 2017. In addition, about 4.4 million accident victims...

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What should I do If I'm run off the road by another driver?

Being run off the road by another driver can be frightening. It can happen when another driver weaves through traffic, illegally passes on a single-lane road, or is inattentive. Additionally, motorists can be run off the road by distracted drivers, drunk drivers, and aggressive drivers. In some cases, roadway departures can involve a single car due...

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Low parking lot speeds can still increase a pedestrian’s risk of severe injury or death

Parking lots are one of the few places where pedestrians and motorists meet at a high density. Some well-designed parking lots have designated walking areas that separate pedestrians from drivers. Many parking lots, however, are more of a free-for-all. The greatest dangers pedestrians face in Ohio parking lots are driver inattention and speeding. Other factors,...

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Best ideas to avoid a crash this holiday season

Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year's Eve may not be here yet, but we are in the midst of the holiday season. It starts on Thanksgiving and runs through the month of December. Many will be traveling long distances to visit family or embarking on holiday shopping at a local plaza. When you drive this time...

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Be Careful When Using Automated Steering Correction -- It May Be More Dangerous Than You Think.

. We are now seeing a wave of semi-autonomous automotive technology previously unimagined. Advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) come standard on many new cars. These systems have features designed to prevent collisions, lane departures or centerline crossing. How well does this technology work? Can we safely rely on ADAS when needed most? Glitches found in automated...

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The best ideas for preventing injuries in car fires

If you drive a Hyundai, Kia, or Tesla electric car, you may want to consider the risk of your vehicle catching fire. According to Consumer Reports, this happens more often than we think and is becoming a growing problem, with the advent of electric cars. Earlier this year, Hyundai and Kia recalled about 168,000 of its cars...

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The best ideas to avoid boating crashes

Ohio is home to thousands of lakes and bodies of water used by many fishing and recreational boaters. Summit Lake and the Portage Lakes are just a stone's throw away from Akron's city limits. Since we're currently in the midst of peak boating season, it's important that vessel owners and occupants understand that boating can...

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How dangerous is it to use a smartphone while driving?

Some people say they are so good at driving they can look at their smartphones without creating a safety risk. Research shows they are only fooling themselves and posing a risk to their lives and everyone sharing the road. Distracted driving is very dangerous and a common factor in car accidents in Ohio, western Pennsylvania...

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