Although this story did not occur in Ohio, it is one anyone anywhere will surely be touched by. In mid-July 2009 just days before a little girl's ninth birthday she and her family were returning home after a day of fun at the mall. Then her and her family's life changed in an instant when a drunk driver crashed into their vehicle seriously injuring the young girl. That driver was almost three times over the legal limit to drive and now he, and this little girl and her family must deal with the fall out of his actions that day.
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.
Yes, you read that caption right, a woman was recently cited for causing three separate drunk driving accidents within three hours of each other. While this may sound amazing, the woman, in fact, admitted that she was responsible for the three crashes.
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.