While it’s certainly good news that fatalities in the Columbus area and throughout Ohio fell drastically in 2013, drivers must remember that the 15 fatalities reported in Franklin County are still 15 too many.
Columbus, OH (PRWEB) January 28, 2014
Columbus, OH drunk driving accident lawyer Scott Elliot Smith of the Smith Law Office said today that a recent news report indicating that alcohol-related fatalities fell throughout the state in 2013 is a testament to both drivers and law enforcement officials across Ohio.
According to a LimaOhio report (“OVI-related fatal crashes down sharply,” December 31, 2013), 12 of Ohio’s largest counties reported dramatic decreases in alcohol- and drug-related traffic fatalities, including a decrease of more than 50 percent in Franklin County and across the Columbus metro area between 2012-2013.
“The report shows that impaired driving-related fatalities fell sharply in Columbus and across the state’s most populated counties in 2013, which reflects positively on our law enforcement officials who work hard to stop intoxicated drivers before they cause a fatal crash,” Smith said. “It also shows that training and educational outreach programs help save lives.”
Officials from the Ohio State Highway Patrol told LimaOhio that overall, drug and alcohol-related fatalities fell 45 percent between 2012 and 2013 in 12 of the state’s 13 most populous counties, from 482 to 273 as of December 16, 2013.
According to LimaOhio, the metro Columbus area was particularly successful in reducing fatal operating a vehicle impaired, or OVI-related crashes, with Franklin County reporting 15 fatal accidents in 2013. A total of 35 were reported in 2012, the article said.
“While it’s certainly good news that fatalities in the Columbus area and throughout Ohio fell drastically in 2013, drivers must remember that the 15 fatalities reported in Franklin County are still 15 too many. Drunk and drugged driving accidents are ultimately one of the most preventable types of accidents,” said Smith, a drunk driving accident lawyer serving Columbus.
Smith said that alcohol-related crashes could be further prevented in the Columbus area in a number of different ways.
“If you plan on drinking, designate a sober driver. Phone a sober friend to pick you up. If you’ve failed to arrange travel and you’ve had too much to drink, don’t hesitate to take a COTA bus or call a cab. All drivers should be aware of their options and know that driving while impaired can have tragic consequence,” Smith said. “If you were injured by a drunk driver or lost a loved one in an accident, you should seek the advice of legal counsel. A lawyer can help pursue compensation and hold the negligent individual accountable.”
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.
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