Midsummer is here and with it the sad and tragic increase in the number of highway fatalities in Ohio. A recent crash on I-70 in Ohio took the life of one person, and two others required hospitalization for their injuries. Alcohol is believed to be involved in what appears to be a drunk driving accident.
The interstate highway system exists in part to move a large amount of traffic in one direction fairly quickly. Wrong-way and do-not-enter signs are posted on interstate exit ramps in an attempt to prevent cars from entering an interstate while moving in the wrong direction. Sadly, cars still end up on the wrong side of the interstate, driving against traffic and sometimes with tragic results. One such crash, that may have involved impaired driving, happened recently in Ohio.
Drunk driving accidents that result in tragic deaths will probably never cease to exist, though hopefully they will be greatly reduced. That does not make every incident any less tragic. A recent drunk driving accident in Ohio resulted in the death of an off-duty police officer.
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.
Minor car accidents are a fact of life and happen every day in Ohio and around the country. Most happen without any serious incidents, and people go on about their lives, get the car repaired and may even forget it ever happened. But when a drunk driving accident causes fatalities, there may be many people affected who will not easily forget the tragedy.
Summer is in full swing in Ohio and people with summer vehicles are on the roads enjoying them. Motorcycles are among those vehicles. Some cars sport bumper stickers that bid other drivers to be on the lookout for motorcycles. As they are smaller and more maneuverable, they can be harder to see and can seem to appear out of nowhere. This can lead to a tragic drunk driving accident.
Pedestrians venture out of their homes in Ohio to run errands, go to work or maybe even just take a walk. No one suspects it will be the last thing the person does. A drunk driver can change the outcome of an errand, a day at work, or a walk in an instant as the result of a drunk driving accident.
Do not enter signs mark exit ramps on highways. This is to prevent drivers from accidentally entering an exit ramp and driving the wrong way on a highway. Sadly, wrong-way accidents still occur on Ohio highways and the drivers are sometimes under the influence of alcohol. This can lead to a drunk driving accident.
Most people are aware of the need to be more wary of drunk drivers later at night, especially on the weekends when many are off work or, perhaps, just got paid after a long workweek. Of course, the weekends are typically when many people celebrate various occurrences and go to parties. However, most Ohio residents would not usually expect to be involved in a drunk driving accident during a weekday in the middle of the afternoon rush hour.
Car accidents involving tow truck drivers and officers on patrol can be fairly common; some might say the possibility of them comes along with the job. For one officer in Columbus, Ohio, just "doing his job" has caused him to be hit by a vehicle four times during his employment with the Freeway Patrol Unit. Unfortunately, an impaired driving situation can often be a leading contributor to the danger involved in these types of jobs.