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Numerous repeat DUI offenders arrested in Ohio

The ramifications of a DUI or an OVI get worse every time you get arrested. The idea behind this is to discourage people from becoming repeat offenders.

However, recent news stories show that this does not always work. A handful of repeat offenders were just arrested in Ohio.

Do you understand why it's so important to follow traffic rules?

There is no reason why anyone should be using a smartphone while driving. There's no reason why anyone should drive after drinking alcohol. There's no reason why anyone should speed. Yes, people say that they're in a hurry -- and maybe they are. But when you consider the terrible loss of life that happens throughout the world -- on a daily basis -- because of negligent and unlawful driving habits, there is no reason and no excuse good enough to put someone in danger by breaking the law.

According to statistics from the World Health Organization, 1.35 million people die annually worldwide -- not from disease -- but from vehicle-related accidents. Most of those car crashes can be attributed to things like speeding, drunkenness, intoxication and other forms of negligent and unlawful behavior on the road. According to the WHO, it has set the goal to reduce traffic deaths by half before we reach 2020.

What are “pain and suffering” damages in a car accident case?

Imagine you're driving to work at 6 a.m. one morning, when a drunk driver T-bones your vehicle. You are lucky to survive with your life, but you don't escape without a few serious injuries. These injuries will take months to fully heal and – in the meantime – you will have to deal with a tremendous amount of pain and suffering. This pain and suffering -- added to the financial costs related to your medical care and lost income due to not being able to work – has turned a horrible situation into a horrific one.

Fortunately, in addition to your monetary losses, you might also be able to claim damages related to "pain and suffering" by holding the at-fault party responsible in court. Of course, pain and suffering damages are a little bit unique because they are difficult to quantify. It's not simply a matter of adding up your medical receipts and estimating what your monthly income should have been.

Two things you should know about wrongful death actions

In the days and weeks that follow the loss of a family member in an unexpected accident, your life will probably be filled with lots of tears, sadness and feelings of loss. You may also have moments of heartfelt joy as you honor the tremendous love you continue to have for your family member. In the midst of these difficult emotions, you may also be wondering about justice and holding the person who caused your family member's death accountable in court.

One way to seek justice in this regard is by filing a wrongful death action. Even if your deceased family member was not an income-producing, career-oriented person, you may still be able to pursue compensation relating to your loss of relationship, the loss of this person's contribution to the family, the loss of the various household services that he or she performed and other categories of damages. In certain circumstances, surviving family members might even be able to pursue damages relating to the pain and suffering endured by the decedent before he or she passed away.

What are the main causes of trucking accidents?

Trucking accidents are a major hazard on highways and roads throughout the country. There are several typical causes of these crashes you should be aware of.

Once you know the most common causes of trucking accidents, you can be extra cautious so that if you see signs of these behaviors or factors while on the road, you can take steps to avoid them. In addition, if you have the misfortune of suffering an injury in a trucking accident, you may decide to seek compensation for your injuries if one of these factors representing negligence on the part of the driver or trucking company was at fault in your crash.

Driving in foggy conditions is a big challenge

With winter weather in full swing in Ohio, you never know what you'll face when you get behind the wheel. For example, you may awake one morning to find dense fog standing between you and your destination.

Driving in foggy conditions is never easy, as your visibility is impaired. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to enhance your safety:

  • Use your headlights: This helps you see the road ahead, while also making it easier for other vehicles to see you. If you have fog lights, use them as well. Also, never use high beams, as the reflection can make it more difficult to see.
  • Slow down: Since you can't see what's ahead of you, slow down to give yourself more time to react in the event of an emergency.
  • Focus, focus, focus: There's never a good time for driving distractions, and this is particularly true in heavy fog. You must focus all your attention on the road, as driving when visibility is low is a big challenge.

Don’t overlook these highway driving safety tips

Driving on the highway is not the same as driving in the city, thanks in large part to the speed at which the vehicles are moving. By taking the right approach, you can reduce the risk of being involved in an accident.

Here are four highway driving safety tips that you should keep in mind when on the road:

  • Stay in the right lane. As a general rule of thumb, use the right lane the majority of the time. The left lane should only be used to pass slower-moving vehicles.
  • Use your turn signals. It's critical for others to be able to anticipate your driving intentions, and one of the best ways of communicating is through the use of turn signals.
  • Avoid distractions. When cruising on the highway, it's easy for distractions to creep into drivers' minds. You may be tempted to pull out your cellphone, chat with passengers or eat a snack. However, all of these activities can divert your attention away from the road.
  • Don't drive drowsy. The longer you're on the highway, the greater chance there is that fatigue will set in. If you begin to lose energy, pull your vehicle to safety and recharge.

Do you need snow tires? Can they keep you safe?

If you live in or around Columbus, Ohio, you know that winter weather can bring all sorts of challenges to the local roadways. When the snow begins to fall, it's never easy to make it from point A to point B.

Fortunately, there are things you can do, such as using snow tires, to relieve some stress associated with wintertime driving.

Do you follow these tips when driving at night?

During the fall and winter months, the sun goes down early. For this reason, you're likely to find yourself on the road in the dark.

Driving at night is different from driving during the day, as you won't have nearly as much visibility. Here are some tips you can follow to remain safe:

  • Slow down: With limited visibility, you need to slow down. This gives you more time to react, such as if another car pulls out in front of yours.
  • Use your headlights: There is never a good time to drive without headlights in the dark. Furthermore, if there are no other vehicles around, you can use your high beams to increase visibility.
  • Keep your windshield clean: Doing this cuts back on glare from headlights and streetlights, making it easier for you to see the road ahead.
  • Don't drive drowsy: It's easier to become drowsy when it's dark outside, so keep a close watch on how you're feeling. If you begin to yawn, rub your eyes and daydream, it's time to pull over and take a break.

Do you want your future to begin with yellow license plates?

In Columbus, home of The Ohio State Buckeyes, the colors to wear are scarlet and gray, not scarlet and yellow. The latter is a special color combination for the license plates of a repeat DUI offender.

Will the judge order you to have “scarlet letter” plates on your car? 

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