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Will this be your first holiday season without your loved one?

If you're one of many people in Ohio who are mourning the loss of a loved one, you can likely relate to feeling that some days are better than others. Depending on whether your family member died after a long, arduous struggle with a terminal disease, such as mesothelioma, or passed away suddenly after suffering injuries in a motor vehicle collision, you may have had months or no time at all to prepare for the ultimate outcome. With the holidays right around the corner, you may need added support.

There is no right or wrong way to navigate the mourning process. Deciding how you will spend the holidays is an intensely personal choice. You might want to keep up all the same traditions you shared with your loved one. Then again, you might prefer keeping things simpler and quieter this year. Either way is okay because the priority is to do whatever you need to do to help cope with your loss and learn to move on in life without your beloved family member.

Semi-truck hits ambulance; one person killed

Some vehicles by their very nature seem to be immune from traffic accidents. One obvious category is ambulances. They seem to rarely be involved in collisions causing injury. Unfortunately, that rule was disproved in an accident near Enon, Ohio, when a semi-trailer truck struck an ambulance on I-70.

The ambulance-truck accident occurred shortly after 1:30 a.m. in the westbound lanes of I-70. According to authorities, an ambulance from Mad River Township was responding to a call when it was struck by a semi-truck. Police also say that an SUV was involved, but no details were released. Police also said that excessive speed appears to have been a factor in the crash.

Governor signs law setting new safety rules for amusement rides

Two years ago at the Ohio State Fair, an amusement ride malfunctioned, killing one person and injuring seven others. Now, Ohio has "Tyler's Law," a statute intended to increase safety standards following the catastrophic 2017 accident.

During the 2017 fair, a gondola on the Fire Ball ride broke loose from its supporting framework and flung riders into the air and onto the ground. Tyler Jarrell was killed in the accident, and seven others were seriously injured. The bill just signed by Governor DeWine is intended to strengthen safety inspection standards and raise qualifications for ride inspectors. The law also clarifies standards of premises liability for the owners and operators of such rides.

Asbestos discovery leads to recall of talcum powder

The adverse effects of ingesting asbestos are so well-known that the discovery of even a small amount of the mineral has caused a large pharmaceutical manufacturer to recall thousands of containers of talcum powder.

According to a recent report, Johnson & Johnson has recalled 33,000 bottles of baby powder because the Food and Drug Administration found trace amounts of asbestos in one bottle.

Understanding accident reconstruction

Many news reports of vehicle accidents in Ohio end with the statement that the collision is being further investigated. What, exactly, does this mean? The vehicles have come to rest, police have checked the physical condition of the drivers and any passengers and summoned any emergency medical care that may be needed. What else remains to be learned?

The answer should not be surprising. The remaining question is the most important one: how did the accident happen? Law enforcement agencies and private engineering firms have developed many sophisticated techniques for understanding the sequence of events that lead to automobile and truck accidents. Accident reconstruction, as the science is called, depends upon careful research at the accident scene, the recording of important data and the application of basic science.

Here's why Ohio intersections are so dangerous

We all encounter some stressful situations on the road from time to time. For instance, have you ever had another motorist tailgating you? Your first instinct might be to try to distance yourself from the vehicle to your rear, or let them pass, but it's not always feasible.

Intersections also present a high-risk situation on Ohio roadways. It's not always possible to predict what other drivers will do, but knowing the traffic laws and how to navigate a crossroad can help you reduce the changes of being involved in a serious crash.

Illegal pass has tragic results on Route 83

Most motorists in Ohio know that a double yellow line on a highway means "No Passing" and that a violation of the rule can often result in death or serious injury. The disregard of the double yellow line recently led to a vehicle-motorcycle-truck accident that resulted in the death of a motorcyclist.

According to reports, a Ford F-150 pulling a trailer was heading south on Route 83 near Tiffin when a Chevrolet Trailblazer tried to pass. The point at which the driver of the Trailblazer decided to pass the truck was marked by a double yellow line. For unknown reasons, the driver of the Trailblazer chose to ignore the double line, and he crashed head-on into a motorcycle that was headed in the opposite direction.

Semi-trailer truck rear-ends Mazda, truck driver blames sun

Traffic accidents often happen in the blink of an eye, and both witnesses and victims have difficulty remembering what happened. It sometimes also seems that people who perceive themselves as at-fault for the accident can create excuses in a similar split second. In a truck accident southeast of Cleveland, the driver of a semi-trailer truck was quick to blame natural conditions after he rear-ended a Mazda sedan and seriously injured its occupants.

The Mazda was heading south on State Route 83 when it slowed and then stopped before making a left turn. The semi was following close behind and failed to stop for the Mazda. The semi pushed the Mazda off the road, and both vehicles slid into a metal shed. The Central Fire Department responded to accident. The passenger in the Mazda was transported to Wayne County Airport and then by air to Akron City Hospital. The driver was taken to Wooster Community Hospital in a squad car.

How does asbestos cause asbestosis and mesothelioma?

Most people in eastern Ohio understand that asbestos can pose an extreme risk to human health, but very few understand exactly how asbestos can cause illness or death. Contracting an asbestos-related illness usually requires the inhalation of asbestos fibers. Inhalation of asbestos fibers usually causes one of two serious illnesses: asbestosis or mesothelioma.

Asbestosis is an asbestos-related disease that is caused by the inhalation of asbestos fibers. The asbestos fibers cause scarring in the lung tissue, and this scarring reduces the ability of the lungs to draw oxygen from the atmosphere. Physicians normally employ computerized tomography, known popularly as a "CT scan," to search for asbestos fibers in the patient's lungs. Patients also take pulmonary function tests to measure how much air their lungs can absorb. Asbestosis cannot be cured, but modern medical science has developed several methods to manage the disease.

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