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Ohio and Five Other States Crack Down on Impaired Driving

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Police in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia are cracking down on impaired driving. With the goal of removing unsafe drivers from the roads, law enforcement personnel hope increased surveillance and citations will make highways and other roadways safer for all.

“The Patrol is committed to removing impaired drivers from our roadways,” said Colonel Paul. A. Pride, superintendent of the Ohio State Highway Patrol in a statement. “We are thankful for this multi-state partnership that contributes not only to a safer Ohio, but a safer nation.”

During the first weekend of December 2014, the crackdown resulted in more than 650 arrests. A total of 284 of those occurred in Ohio.

Thousands Hurt Each Year by OVI Drivers

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, a total of 12,168 OVI-related crashes (operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs) occurred on Ohio roads in 2012, resulting in 431 deaths and 7,299 injuries. They added that OVI-related crashes accounted for 40 percent of all fatal crashes in the state.

OVI includes driving a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, a drug of abuse, or a combination of them. Though similar to the term “DUI” (driving under the influence), OVI is often the preferred term used by law enforcement professionals.

Though any car accident presents a danger to occupants, an accident that involves a driver operating under the influence often results in more serious injuries and sometimes even death because of the reckless nature of the driving prior to the incident.

Victims May be Eligible to File a Drunk Driving Lawsuit

Those who are victims in an accident involving alcohol or drugs may be eligible for the following types of personal injury lawsuits:

  • Commercial truck lawsuit: If the driver was under the influence while operating a commercial truck, he and the company he worked for may both be held liable for damages.
  • Wrongful death lawsuit: If you or a loved one was killed in an accident involving a drunk driver or a driver under the influence of drugs, you may be eligible for more than the insurance company is willing to pay you. A personal injury lawsuit can help you recover the compensation you deserve.
  • Drunk-driving lawsuit: In most cases, the driver’s insurance company will be required to compensate victims or injuries and losses. Because insurance companies act in their own interests, however, the settlement they offer may be less than satisfactory. A third-party claim against the insurance carrier can help ensure a more fair settlement.
  • Serious injuries: If you live in a No-Fault state (check with your auto accident lawyer), your own insurance is required to pay your medical bills. If your injuries require more than the threshold amount, however, you may be able to pursue a personal claim against the driver.

Compensation Possible Through a Personal Injury Lawsuit

Though the multi-state crackdown is helping to reduce OVI-related crashes—they dropped from an average of 43 percent of all fatal crashes between 2010 and 2012 to 33 percent in 2013—these types of accidents can still happen, wreaking havoc in families.

Nicole Johnson Staeuble of Huber Heights, Ohio, was awarded $2.85 million in 2013 when a jury agreed she deserved compensation after a car accident with a drunk driver caused her multiple injuries. Both the drunk driver, who worked at a Dayton strip club, and the strip club itself—because it was determined they encouraged dancers to drink on the job—were held liable.

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