An unsafe truck driver's actions in Ohio could have resulted in severe injuries or fatalities. Luckily, the accident did not end up hurting anyone but the truck driver was charged by police for his unsafe driving behavior.
Traffic fatality statistics offer a glimpse into the behavior of drivers and one area law enforcement always looks at is motor vehicle accidents and drunk driving citations over each and every holiday weekend. It seems the more time off American workers have the more likely we are to be involved in a car accident, or if we are lucky only pulled over for suspicion of driving while intoxicated. The good news over this past holiday weekend, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol is that fewer travelers were killed on Ohio's roads when looking back over statistics in the past three years.
In July of 2010, a Northern Ohio car accident claimed the life of a 24-year-old man and injured his 22-year-old girlfriend. The injured woman, along with family members of her deceased boyfriend filed a wrongful death lawsuit against a volunteer fireman and the fire district. The accident happened on State Route 19 while the fireman was on his way to the fire station. According to reports he had been speeding more than 95 miles per hour when he crashed into the back of the vehicle being driven by the 22-year-old female. That vehicle was also occupied by her boyfriend who was killed in the crash.
In 2010, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said uninsured drivers were responsible for causing more than 8,700 car accidents in the state. That is for a one year period, the most recent data available, and the last few years could be even higher since the number of uninsured drivers has skyrocketed to well over a million since 2002. In 2002, the number of uninsured drivers that were caught without the required automobile insurance was almost 691,000 and that number now sits at 1.1 million drivers for 2011.
A Pepsi delivery truck rear-ended a passenger vehicle carrying six occupants on University Boulevard and Knightsbridge Drive in Hamilton's East Side last Friday, according to the Hamilton Police Department. Three of the occupants of the vehicle were airlifted to University Hospital Cincinnati for treatment of their injuries. The other three occupants were taken to Fort Hamilton and Mercy hospitals after being freed from the vehicle by firefighters who had to use the "Jaws of Life" to extract them form the car. The truck driver was not injured in the crash.
A 3-year-old has died following a tragic pedestrian accident on Westwood Street in Cincinnati early Monday morning. The 35-year-old driver of the vehicle involved in the crash has been charged with DUI in the fatal accident. The accident involved a 32-year-old mother who was walking her three children all under the age of 5 to the babysitter's before she went to work. The family was walking along Westwood Street just after 4:00 a.m. with the youngest, a 1-year-old pushed in a stroller. The family crossed Westwood Northern Boulevard walking south on McHenry following the left-hand sidewalk where the neon lights on Harrison Avenue come into view.