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Physics may determine how safe your car is

When trying to choose a safe car, you consider a lot of things. You look at accident rates. You check out the crash test ratings. You read reviews. You want a car that is going to protect you because you know the risks you face from other drivers on the road.

While all of these are good things to consider, you're neglecting a key point: physics.

3 injured in 5-car crash in Ohio

When you worry about a car accident, you probably envision a two-car crash with another driver. That's frightening enough on its own. Now imagine getting caught up in a five-car crash.

That's exactly what happened on Sept. 29, 2019, in Ohio. Five different vehicles got involved in accidents on I-71 South, putting three people in the hospital and backing up traffic behind the crash for miles.

Brake failure a frequent cause of commercial truck crashes

Commercial trucks are substantially heavier than smaller passenger vehicles, so it takes an advanced braking system and an experienced driver to see them safely down steep hills. Too often, though, some semi-truckers rely too much on their air brake systems when driving downhill, even though doing so can cause the brakes to overheat, which, in turn, can lead to wrecks.

While Transport Topics reports that a truck driver who relies too much on the brake system can cause otherwise-avoidable brake failure issues, other types of problems can arise within air brake systems that compromise the safety of everyone on the roadway.

Can you get a DUI without a car?

You don't want a DUI, but you do want to go out to the bar with your friends, and you don't want to pay for an Uber ride home. If you cannot get a ride with someone else, or if you think they may also be too intoxicated to drive, what should you do?

Many people try to find another means of transportation. After all, you can only get a DUI in a car, right? As long as you stay out of your car, you should be fine.

After an accident, what if you're afraid to drive again?

You know that you're a safe driver, and you even enjoy it. Then you get involved in an accident. It has nothing to do with you and everything to do with the other driver, who drifted into oncoming traffic while writing a text message.

You end up getting rushed to the hospital. You have serious physical injuries. You miss time at work. Your life will never be the same again.

Losing a loved one and the impact on income

Needless to say, money is not the first thing on your mind when you lose a loved one. It's a tough, traumatic experience that often comes as a shock. If you lose them in an accident -- like a car accident or a workplace accident -- it is sudden and jarring. It may take a long time to work through the emotions that you and your family are feeling.

However, at some point, you do want to consider the real financial impact of this incident. This may go beyond direct costs like medical bills and funeral costs, and could really impact your income.

Driving distractions beyond cellphones

The smartphone is the biggest driving distraction facing Americans today. Accidents happen all the time when drivers decide to text, talk, read, watch and listen. Any time they engage with the phone, they take their full attention off of the road, and that's a risk to every person near them.

However, it's dangerous to assume that cellphones are the only risks, the only distractions. They're not. Turning off the phone is not enough to guarantee a distracted driving accident will not happen. Other issues include drivers who:

  • Do their grooming on the way to work.
  • Drink a cup of coffee or any other beverage.
  • Turn around to talk to their children or other passengers.
  • Look at a map and read it while driving.
  • Put a new address into the GPS.
  • Try to pick up items that fall on the floor.
  • Spend time adjusting their mirrors and other systems.
  • Refuse to pull over when something demands their attention.

A rear-end crash, TBI and your chances for recovery

A traumatic brain injury is often associated with a sport like football or soccer. However, most of these injuries are the result of falls and motor vehicle accidents.

You could sustain TBI as the victim of a minor rear-end collision and need rehabilitation. What are your chances for recovery?

Should you apologize after a motorcycle accident?

You're generally a nice person. It's not something you really have to work at. You just like other people and you're quick to apologize whenever something goes wrong, even if it's not your fault. You just want them to know that you care.

On the way home from work one day, you get into a motorcycle accident. It happens very quickly. You're not really sure what happened as you hit your head -- even with a helmet on -- and pass out. After you come to, you find yourself sitting on the side of the road with the other driver, waiting for the ambulance.

Alleged drunk driver hits police car

Police recently arrested a man in Ohio on suspicion that he was driving while under the influence. The arrest happened after he crashed into a police car, and the whole incident was caught on camera.

The footage comes from the squad car itself. The officer is driving down the road at night, with his headlights on. Ahead of him, another set of headlights moves into his lane, coming straight at him. The officer slows down and then stops when he sees the other car in his lane.

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