How serious of a problem are drunk driving accidents in Ohio? From 2003 to 2012, a total of 3,367 victims were killed in drunk driving accidents in Ohio. Overall, approximately one in three traffic deaths in the United States involves a drunk driver. Ohio's rates of drunk driving are slightly above the national average. In Ohio during 2014, 310 victims were killed in drunk driving accidents which represented a little over 30 percent of the state's total traffic deaths. In addition, it was also an increase of nearly 15 percent from the prior year.
Accidents happen unexpectedly and can impact those involved in various ways. When someone has been involved in a car accident, especially one that involves catastrophic injuries, the last thing that might be on their mind is holding the negligent party responsible for their actions. When someone has lost a loved one in a fatal accident, they may be grieving and coming to terms with their loss and dealing with the fallout of the accident-accountability may not come to mind. But the truth is that if accident victims or their family members want to hold the reckless party responsible, they may have to act fast.
Ohio residents familiar with this blog may have heard of the term "pain and suffering" in connection with the damages that can be sought in a personal injury case involving an accident with a car or a truck. But when it comes to pain and suffering, people may be confused as to what it encompasses. This is because it is usually easier to calculate a figure for medical expenses based on the hospital bills, but it is more difficult to estimate the distress an accident causes.
Motorcyclists await this season all year round -- the freedom, the wind and the sounds of nature as they maneuver their bikes through traffic now that the weather is warmer. Unfortunately, motorists who are not paying attention to the road often fail to notice the influx of motorcyclists and can end up hitting them, injuring or even killing them.
As the weather improves and schools let out for the summer, more vehicles will probably be on the road and not all drivers will be experienced ones -- teens will be getting their learner's permit and get behind the wheel for the first time and learn the ins and outs of driving. These drivers will be taught to obey traffic regulations, but they may not have the dexterity and presence of mind to react quickly to avoid getting hit by a drunk driver.