Drinking and driving is a huge problem in the United States as there is roughly one death involving a driver under the influence of alcohol every 51 minutes. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 10,322 people died in accidents involving alcohol use in 2012. These otherwise preventable incidents accounted for more than 30 percent of all traffic fatalities in the country that year. People in Ohio can take some steps to reduce the amount of impaired drivers on the road.
Many times, the effects of being involved in a car accident can go beyond physical injuries and accumulating medical expenses. A strong emotional response to an auto accident is normal. In some cases, however, post-traumatic stress may develop, causing additional complications that can limit or stall the victim's full recovery.
On Jan. 6, one person was killed and three others were injured in a car accident in Wayne County. The accident happened around 5:25 p.m.
On Dec. 28, a 37-year-old Bainbridge man, who was driving a Jeep Liberty while drunk, was traveling on U.S. 422 in Olon allegedly going east in the westbound lanes. At approximately 12:45 a.m., he hit a Saturn Vue head-on, according to police.
On Dec. 12, a settlement agreement was reached between Ohio State University and a student who was seriously injured after being hit by a university contractor's dump truck in September 2012. According to the suit that was filed against OSU, the student was traveling on his bicycle to class when the dump truck struck him near the construction site's entrance along Woodruff Avenue.