Columbus, OH (PRWEB) January 11, 2014
Traffic fatalities in Ohio in 2013 plummeted to record-low numbers in the state, according to a news report, a trend welcomed by Ohio personal injury lawyer Scott Elliot Smith of the Law Offices of Scott Elliot Smith in Columbus, OH.
Smith commented on a report in the Morning Journal News, “Ohio could have least deadly year on roads” (Dec. 17, 2013). Smith said he handles many different types of Ohio car accident cases in his office and has seen first-hand the devastating impact of serious accidents.
“Ohio drivers should be congratulated for this historic decline in the number of fatal auto accidents in the state,” Smith said. “Every driver every day helps make our roads safer. The decisions drivers make – from whether to drink and drive or text while driving – effect everyone else on the road. That’s why our law firm celebrates such positive news. Too often, too many news stories focus on what drivers do wrong every day. This is welcome news.”
As of mid-December, 945 people died in traffic accidents in Ohio in 2013, according to statistics compiled by the Ohio Department of Transportation and published in the Morning Journal News. By contrast, 1,122 people died in motor vehicle accidents in Ohio in 2012, the Morning Journal News reported. Based on current figures, 2013 could turn out to be the least deadly year for traffic accidents in Ohio since the state started keeping statistics about traffic fatalities in 1936, the Morning Journal News reported.
State officials attributed the decline in the number of fatal auto accidents in Ohio to promoting constant seat belt usage and a reduction in the number of accidents caused by drunk drivers and drivers under the influence of drugs, the Morning Journal News reported. “In many cases, deadly crashes are preventable and motorists decide how safe the roads are going to be at any given time by driving sober, eliminating distractions and wearing seat belts,” said Jerry Wray, the state’s transportation director in a news release quoted in the Morning Journal News article.
But while the number of traffic fatalities did decline in 2013, more can always be done to reduce the number of fatal auto accidents in Ohio, according to Columbus OH car accident attorney Scott Smith of Smith Law Office. “The ultimate goal should always be zero fatalities caused by motor vehicle accidents,” Smith said. “And we can get closer to that goal if every driver does his or her part to make Ohio’s roads safer. That means no drunk driving, no texting while driving and avoiding other dangerous driving habits. The small decisions people make every day all add up. Do your part to make Ohio safer. Drive sober, put down your phone and keep both eyes focused on the road. We’re all in this together.”
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About Smith Law Office
Located in Columbus and serving injury victims throughout Ohio, the Law Offices of Scott Elliot Smith, LPA, has a well-earned reputation throughout the state for being a hard-working, results-driven team of Columbus OH personal injury lawyers that fight for justice. Attorney Smith has won all but three civil jury trials as lead counsel.
The law firm handles a wide range of cases, including car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, premises liability, medical malpractice, dangerous drugs, defective medical devices, workplace accidents and other personal injury cases. The law firm offers a free evaluation to all potential clients. Attorney Scott Elliot Smith works on a contingency fee basis, which means clients only pay fees if there is a successful outcome in the case.
The Law Offices of Scott Elliot Smith, LPA
Arlington Falls Business Center
5003 Horizons Drive, Suite 200
Columbus, OH 43220