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Suspected distracted driver accidents claim 2 lives in Ohio

Insurance companies recognized years ago that young drivers are more likely to get involved in car accidents. With the arrival of cellphones and texting technology, teenagers are even more likely to be involved in a distracted driver accident. The Ohio State Highway Patrol reported that two people were killed in separate crashes recently.

The first fatality occurred when a teen driver, who appeared to be distracted, left the travel lane and veered across the road, striking a 65-year-old victim who was standing beside his motorcycle. The collision occurred on a local bridge. The man died at the scene.

The second tragedy occurred when another teenager left the travel lane, causing his vehicle to strike a man who was parked in a private driveway located just off of a local route. Ohio officials remarked that both crashes appeared to involve young motorists who were not attentive to the safe operation of their vehicles. Police are reportedly recording the numbers of accidents in certain locations that appear to involve these types of driving habits in order to set up enforcement areas to prevent further tragedies.

Officials are urging parents of teen drivers to educate their children on the dangers of driving while distracted and to ensure that they are setting a proper example of safe driving. Unfortunately, these types of accidents are not limited to just one age demographic. No matter how defensively one drives, there is little protection from the dangers posed by a distracted driver. Those who have suffered serious injuries after one of these senseless crashes may have grounds to pursue civil litigation against the party or parties deemed responsible in an effort to collect compensation for monetary losses sustained. 

Source: wfmj.com, "Deadly weekend crashes linked to possible distracted driving", Lindsay McCoy, Aug. 21, 2017

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