Distracted driving most common cause of fatal crashes in Ohio

According to the Ohio Department of Transportation, distracted driving is the most often cited cause of fatal crashes in the state.

For most of us, driving is a routine part of our day — something we likely put little thought into while commuting to and from work or driving our kids to soccer practice. In fact, we may feel so comfortable behind the wheel that we also engage in other activities while driving. When motorists start multitasking behind the wheel, other drivers on the road are put in danger.

According to the Ohio Department of Transportation, there have been over 287,000 motor vehicle accidents in Ohio since 2012. In all, over 1,120 people have lost their lives on Ohio's roadways and another 9,780 people have suffered serious injuries in collisions.

The most prevalent cause of fatal collisions in Ohio is driver distraction, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation. Cellphone use is one of the most common forms of driver distraction these days.

Ohio is taking steps to improve safety on its roadways

In response to the danger of fatal collisions in Ohio, Governor John Kasich recently signed a bill to focus attention on this problem. The law designates September as Safe Driving Awareness Month. In large part, the law is geared toward informing motorists of the dangers of driving while distracted.

The law was passed in memory of Maria Tiberi — the daughter of Dom Tiberi, a sports anchor in Columbus — who died in an auto accident in 2013.

Avoid a serious distracted driving collision in Ohio

In Ohio, legislation has been enacted that prohibits some types of driver distraction on the road. For instance, all motorists in Ohio are banned from texting while behind the wheel. In addition, novice drivers are not permitted to use a cellphone of any kind, including those that have hands-free technology.

Across the country, distracted driving is responsible for many collisions and fatalities each year. In all, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that 3,328 people died in distracted driving crashes in the United States in 2012. Distracted drivers were also responsible for approximately 421,000 people suffering injuries in collisions that year.

When a distracted driver causes a motor vehicle accident in Ohio, he or she should be held accountable for the harm caused in the collision. If you or someone you love has been injured in a distracted driving crash, seek the counsel of a skilled personal injury attorney, who will work on your behalf to obtain the compensation to which you may be entitled.

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