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Ohio's impaired driving problem

Ohio has similar issues with impaired driving and alcohol intoxication behind the wheel as the rest of America does. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and other related authorities have released statistics demonstrating the exact depth of the issue across the nation. There are more than a million crashes in an average year that involve at least one driver with a measurable amount of alcohol in their blood.

A fatal car accident related to alcohol or drug abuse occurs roughly once every 51 minutes somewhere in the U.S. This amounted to more than 10,000 deaths in 2012, representing 31 percent of the total highway mortality of the year. Twenty-nine percent of all motorcyclist fatalities happened to drivers with a blood alcohol content higher than the legal limit. The biggest proportion of these intoxication-related deaths happen to motorcyclists between the ages of 40 and 44.

Although other drugs add to the statistics on mortality and injury among users of the road, alcohol intoxication is still the most common contributing factor. Cocaine and marijuana are implicated in about 18 percent of fatal injuries, but they are often found in combination with alcohol.

People who have been injured on the roads of Ohio because of the alcohol intoxication of another have the right to sue them and any other responsible parties for compensation for their damages. This may apply whether the intoxicated driver was in another vehicle or driving the car that they were in. It is no bar to a personal injury suit that the police have filed criminal charges against them for their impaired driving as a lawsuit takes place in civil court. An attorney may be able to help the injured parties assemble their case and present necessary evidence to demonstrate where the liability lies.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Impaired Driving: Get the Facts", December 28, 2014

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