To the rest of the country, people in the Midwest are generally regarded as very friendly and responsible. While this is likely the case for most area residents, it seems that there remain enough people who refuse to take public safety seriously and thus put others at risk unnecessarily. Drunk drivers are one example of these people.

Ohio’s drunk driving fatalities

According to records released from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, impaired drivers were involved in 28% of all vehicular fatalities throughout the state in 2018 and 2017. This percentage was down only slightly from 29% in 2016. In 2014, alcohol was a stated factor in 30% of Ohio’s accident deaths before dropping to 28% in 2015.

Cuyahoga County’s drunk driving fatalities

Sadly, it seems that residents in Cuyahoga take the safety of others even less seriously than do drivers on average across the state of Ohio. In 2014, drunk drivers were involved in 54% of the county’s total vehicular fatalities. That percent dropped in subsequent years, but still remained higher than the state average. In 2015 and 2016, alcohol was involved in 39% of all accident deaths before dropping just a bit to 34% in 2017 and then to just over 33% in 2018.

If you would like to learn more about the types of resources that may be available to you after you or a loved one have been involved in an accident caused by an impaired driver, please feel free to visit the drunk driving crash page of our Ohio motor vehicle accident and personal injury website.