Fatal wrecks can lead to wrongful death claims

Traffic fatality statistics from the recent New Year's holiday have been released by the Ohio State Patrol (OSP). From midnight on Friday, Dec. 28, 2018, to 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 1, 2019, 11 individuals died on Ohio roads.

Although the data released is considered still to be a provisional assessment, it appears as though four of the deaths were linked to impaired drivers and six were related to failure to use seat belts. Perhaps because the number this year reflected a five-day total, there were nearly twice as many deaths than the six fatalities from the corresponding four-day holiday one year ago.

Holiday weekend nets many arrests

All told, OSP troopers initiated 6,040 traffic enforcement interactions. From that number, 448 motorists were arrested for operating a vehicle impaired (OVI). Another 231 were arrested on drug charges and 952 were cited for seat belt violations.

The year 2018 saw a total of 1,063 confirmed traffic deaths all over the state. This indicates a 10 percent decline from the previous year.

Negligent drivers cause injuries, deaths

Unlike some accidents caused by defective car parts or an unforeseen circumstance like a blown tire, wrecks caused by impaired drivers are 100 percent preventable.

People who drink shouldn't ever get behind the wheel and drive. With the advent of ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft, it is even easier to arrange for transportation to and from events where alcohol will be consumed.

But an alarmingly significant percentage of the population still negligently drive after drinking alcohol or taking other mind-altering substances. When they do this, the innocent people they encounter on the roads pay the heavy price.

Paving a path to civil justice

If you were injured in a collision with an impaired driver or if you lost a beloved family member due to a drunken driver's negligence, you have a right to seek justice. Sometimes, there may be parallel paths to justice if the impaired driver faces criminal charges for the accident. But even in cases where the at-fault driver doesn't get arrested or cited for the crash, it still may be possible to hold them civilly liable for any resulting damages and injuries.

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