Recent statistics gathered by the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSP) show a harrowing increase in fatal car accidents in Ohio in just one year alone. In 2014, there were 654 fatal traffic collisions. Thus far in 2015, there have been 783, a difference of 20% more. As the worst of the wintry snowy season has yet to be seen, the number could become significantly worse in November and December.
(Dayton Daily News covers the full set of statistics, partially broken down by county, in their article, seen here.)
Certain community groups – such as the Greene County Safe Community Coalition – are working to promote roadway safety in motorists of all age groups and walks of life. They believe that basic safety habits like buckling up in a car or wearing a helmet on a motorcycle have become less common these days. The growing problem may also indicate a general lack of understanding when it comes to the rules of the road.
Illegal and Dangerous Behaviors
Driving under the influence (DUI) also seems to be a large problem in Ohio. Whenever someone has a drink and gets behind the wheel, they are greatly reducing their ability to safely control the vehicle. Furthermore, driving under the influence does not begin and end at alcohol consumption; using illegal drugs – or even strong over-the-counter medications – can impair someone’s driving skills.
Texting and driving behaviors are also apparently on the rise as more and more people get their hands on smartphones. Teenage drivers are especially drawn to the appeal of being able to connect with their friends while they drive. What they do not realize, however, is that the act of using any sort of device to send a text while driving in Ohio is both dangerous and illegal. The next time you see someone texting and driving – which unfortunately could be any day of the week – you should consider pulling over to the side of the road to report the negligent driver to the proper authorities. You may just save someone’s life by doing so.
If you or someone you know has been hurt in a car accident caused by a distracted or drunk driver, contact our Columbus car accident attorneys at Rourke and Blumenthal LLC. We have more than 75 years of combined legal and trial experience under our belts that we can use to craft you an excellent case that pursues maximum compensation for what happened. Call 614.321.3212 today!