New Year’s Eve is considered one of the potentially deadliest nights of the year on Ohio roadways. While a drunk driving accident can certainly happen in Ohio on that night, other states are considered more dangerous. According to a recent study, our state is actually one of the safer ones.
The study was conducted by SafeWise, a website that reviews residential security systems, from data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It looked at the number of deaths attributed to DUI across the country, and Ohio came in 39 out of 50 with 2.86 deaths per 100,000 people attributed to drunk or impaired driving. The numbers are from 2017 and are not limited to death’s that occurred New Year’s Eve.
The state with the highest number of impaired fatalities over the study period was Wyoming with 7.9 deaths per 100,000 people. South Carolina followed with 6.22 deaths per 100,000 and North Dakota was only a little bit better at 6.08. The safest state was New Jersey at 1.38 deaths per 100,000. New York was a close second with 1.48 per 100,000 followed by Minnesota at 1.52.
While the chances of being killed or injured in a drunk driving accident may be somewhat less in Ohio than in some other states, such accidents still happen. To the victim and the victim’s loved ones, it doesn’t matter if the accident is one of five or one of 10. It is a devastating reality for the people involved. There are legal options that can be pursued against the party or parties deemed responsible. A personal injury attorney can advise a client on what legal paths are available.