Despite the efforts of law enforcement and activist groups working all across America, drunk driving remains a problem. In Ohio, drunk driving is a huge problem, and the statistics are sobering. Unfortunately, they are not sobering enough, as impaired driving still leads to countless accidents each year.
According to a report on drunk driving in Ohio published the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 4,000 people were killed between 2003 and 2012 in accidents caused by impaired drivers. In addition, the majority of those killed were in the prime of their lives, meaning between the ages of 21 and 34. Sadly, in all age ranges, the number of deaths per 100,000 individuals was higher in Ohio than the national average.
The report states that 33 percent of all traffic deaths in the United States are the result of impaired driving. Even with the knowledge of such dangerous consequences, 1.9 percent of Americans the CDC polled, admitted to driving after drinking within the previous 30 days. In the same poll, 2.2 percent of Ohioans admitted to the same.
Statistically, the state of Ohio is more dangerous when it comes to the likelihood of being in an accident caused by impaired driving. If you or someone you love suffered an injury because of a drunk driving accident, you may be able to pursue compensation for your suffering or loss. In order to be successful, you will need to present proof of the other driver’s intoxication to the court. If the driver who caused your accident was convicted of DUI-related charges, you may be able to use that conviction as evidence to support your civil suit.