August 19th, 2013|
August 19, 2013
Distracted driving is quickly becoming a major problem on the highways of Ohio. In fact, data from the Ohio State Patrol shows in the two-year period between 2009 and 2011, a total of 31,231 Ohio Car Accidents were blamed on distracted drivers. These collisions resulted in 74 motorists losing their lives and another 7,825 suffering serious injuries.
To put into perspective just how common such accidents are becoming, a crash that occurred on August 2 was responsible for a pedestrian’s hospitalization. An article from 10 TV News explained the crash happened at 1:45 a.m. at Main Street and Miller Avenue in Columbus, Ohio.
Reports indicate a motorist was looking at a GPS unit and took his eyes off the road for several seconds before veering onto a sidewalk. The vehicle collided with a tree before striking a pedestrian. The victim was seriously injured and rushed to a local trauma center for treatment. The motorist may face charges in connection to the incident.
The crash has caused many citizens to become concerned about the problem of distracted driving and their own safety. State officials are working to end the problem by banning texting and driving, but most experts believe more public awareness is the only way to end distracted driving.
The Ohio Personal Injury Lawyers with Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy urge all citizens to do their part for highway safety by putting their phones down while driving and encouraging others to do the same.