March 8th, 2013|
March 8, 2013
Data indicates the number of both drunk driving fatalities and arrests are on the rise in Ohio in recent years. According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, 431 people died in Ohio crashes blamed on drunken driving in 2011, compared with 390 in 2009. Similar increases were reported in drunk driving arrests.
Reports indicate the accident happened at approximately 3:00 a.m. on Monday, February 18, along I-71 in Cleveland. The intoxicated driver merged onto the interstate the wrong way in a Toyota Prius and was traveling north in the southbound lanes. As he drove into oncoming traffic though, he was in the path of a tractor-trailer and the two vehicles collided nearly head-on.
The impact of the accident left the driver of the Prius seriously injured. Paramedics rushed the man to a local hospital, where testing determined he was under the influence of alcohol. Upon his being released from the hospital, law enforcement charged the man with Operating a Vehicle while Intoxicated.
The Ohio Personal Injury Attorneys at the law firm of Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy plead with each motorist to do their part to prevent motor vehicle accidents by never getting behind the wheel after consuming alcohol.