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Ohio high school works to prevent a fatal car accident

The new school year means more teen drivers will be using the roads to travel back and forth to classes. While most young people look forward to the freedom that comes with having a license, some may forget about the increased responsibility that comes with operating a vehicle. Every other year, an Ohio high school in Morrow County attempts to prevent a fatal car accident by holding a mock crash for the students.

The most recent simulated wreck was held at Northmor High School back in May. The student body assembled behind the buildings to view the setup and go through the details of how this mock accident occurred and what happens in the aftermath of a collision. This year's crash was designed to have been the result of a teen driver ingesting both alcohol and drugs while at a party before deciding to drive home with a passenger. 

The driver tried to avoid hitting a group of bicyclists by swerving and then smashing into the side of another vehicle. One of the cyclists in the wreck was killed. The school enlisted the help of emergency responders from local rescue companies in an effort to have the crash appear as realistic as possible and to emphasize the importance of sober driving.

According to recent statistics, traffic accidents are the cause of death for almost 33 percent of those who die between the ages 15 to 20. Of that number, an estimated 35 percent are related to impaired driving. However, cell phone use behind the wheel is also becoming a major factor in these crashes. While it never hurts to use these types of tools to create a sensory impression of the horror involved in a fatal car accident, some Ohio families will  still suffer these tragedies. Though nothing can restore the life of a loved one killed in a motor vehicle accident, surviving family members may still seek justice and recovery of monetary damages by pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit in civil court.

Source: galioninquirer.com, "Mock crash points out dangers of impaired driving", Sept. 1, 2017

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