No matter where you go in the United States, drinking and driving is illegal. But each state has its own qualifications of drunk driving, and they also have their own consequences. Ohio takes the safety of its motorists very seriously and has strict laws regarding this sort of behavior.
State officials in Ohio are searching to find the cause and a solution to the increasing frequency of deadly wrong-way car accident cases in Franklin County and elsewhere. Accidents that begin with one vehicle traveling in the wrong direction on divided highways have proven to be 100 times more deadly than other types of collisions.
Most of the time when we think of filing a lawsuit against another driver for having caused a drunk driving accident, we think in terms of suing the driver personally. But what happens if the drunk driver dies in the accident? Does that preclude a claim against that person?
If you are old enough to drive a car, then you have lived long enough to likely understand that we do not live in a black-and-white world restricted to either-or or yes-no possibilities. There are many middle-ground possibilities to consider in life, and this grayscale spectrum exists when it comes to determining liability in a multi-car accident.
It would not surprise many that car accidents are a leading cause of personal injury cases. As Ohio roads become more congested with cars and trucks, it is a natural consequence that more and more car accidents will occur.
Car accidents continue to affect the lives of road users in Ohio. Just recently, there was an accident involving multiple vehicles in the state. The car accident occurred a couple of hours before midnight and involved four vehicles, seriously injuring a woman who was one of the drivers.
When we last wrote about the Ohio texting and driving law in a previous posting, we discussed the dangers it posed and we reviewed the penalties that legislators had inserted into the law to deter drivers from violating it. Recent statistics released by state officials show that 20 percent of car accident deaths in Ohio are still caused by the distracted driver who is focused on his or her cell phone instead of on the road.
It is generally not easy for a driver to get on to a freeway traveling in the wrong direction. Entrance ramps are clearly marked as one way and exit ramps usually have large red signs warning motorists not to enter.
"Would you drive the length of a football field with your eyes closed while traveling at 55 miles per hour?"
If you have been involved in an accident involving two or more vehicles that you believe was the fault of another driver, you may have a legal cause of action based on negligence. This post discusses what constitutes negligence in Ohio, and how it is proven in a lawsuit.