There are many dangers for drivers in Ohio to be aware of any given time they get behind the wheel of a vehicle, but drunk drivers have been a danger almost as long as motor vehicles have been on the roads in America. No matter how much the criminal penalties for drunk driving are increased, or how often public and private groups attempt to raise awareness of the danger of drunk driving through publicity campaigns, it seems that drunk driving simply isn’t going away.
The problem in Ohio
In fact, according to a recent report, the number of fatalities caused by drunk driving has been on the rise recently in Ohio. Some may think this to be a contradiction, as we all know that the level of traffic throughout the country was incredibly diminished throughout the last year – as much as 15% lower, according to the recent report. However, in all of 2020 there were 586 motor vehicle accidents in Ohio that involved drunk driving in some way. That was an increase over the statistics for 2019, when there were 529 such accidents in Ohio, according to the report.
The causes for the purported rise in drunk driving in Ohio could be numerous. However, there is never a justification for getting behind the wheel of a vehicle while intoxicated, whether it is from alcohol, illegal drugs or even prescription drugs.
At our law firm, we know that those who have been injured in a car accident caused by a drunk driver – and even those who have lost loved ones in such crashes – may want to explore their potential legal claims. For more information about how we might be able to help Ohio residents in this type of unfortunate situation, please visit the personal injury overview section of our law firm’s website.