Car crashes are a tragedy for everyone involved. Today, several families are mourning the loss of their loved ones because one driver decided to drive the wrong way on the interstate. The drunk driving accident occurred near downtown Dayton Ohio, and no one, including the drunk driver, survived.
The crash occurred on I-75 when a man traveling the wrong way collided with an SUV carrying four friends. The driver had a blood-alcohol content level approximately three times higher than the legal limit. He had been driving on a suspended license, and he had supposedly contemplated suicide in the past.
Authorities stated that the driver had another incident one day prior when he was arrested for suspected drunk driving and released. Witnesses placed him at a local bar a few hours after being freed from jail on that offense. A police officer reported that, according to family members, he might have a drinking problem.
In Ohio, studies show that the number of wrong-way crashes has escalated since 2013. Wrong-way collisions were at a record high of 22 in 2013 and 2014, and 37 percent of the accidents resulted in fatalities on divided highways. Experts have analyzed data from all counties and met with numerous safety specialists in an attempt to reduce the number of crashes.
In every state, including Ohio, a drunk driving accident will affect everyone involved. Grief-stricken parents and family members will suffer long after they bury their children due to one person’s negligence. For those trying to heal and move forward with their lives, it may be in their best interest to contact a personal injury attorney to advise and direct them.
Source: whio.com, “Driver in deadly I-75 crash had blood-alcohol 3 times legal limit“, Breaking News Staff, Oct 19, 2017