If you are like most people in Ohio, you are concerned about safety on the roads. The health and future of you and your family is literally on the line every time you ride in a vehicle, walk on a sidewalk or ride a bike. You may choose to drive safely and follow all of the laws but the fact of the matter is that other drivers have the unfortunate ability to choose the opposite path. There continue to be many selfish people who do not want to obey posted speed limits or hand over their keys when they have been drinking.
According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, speed was a contributing factor in 199 of the state's 1,132 vehicular fatalities in 2016 and another 157 out of 1,179 deaths in 2017. Drunk drivers were involved in accidents that killed 330 people in 2016 and another 333 people in 2017. In 2017, speed was a factor in 13% of all deaths and alcohol was a factor in 28% of the deaths.
In Cuyahoga County, the picture is no better. Speed and alcohol were involved in 35% and 33% of the 95 accident fatalities recorded in 2017. It seems that strict laws and public awareness campaigns about safe driving are not enough to protect lives.
If you would like to learn more about how you may be able to seek justice and compensation after you or a loved one has been involved in a motor vehicle accident caused by a reckless driver, please feel free to visit the crash assistance page of our Ohio personal injury and vehicle accident website.