Ohio Car Crash Attorney Serving Columbus Plaintiffs in OVI/DUI Accident Claims
Whether you are driving in the middle of the day or you are traveling as a passenger in a vehicle late at night, you should not have to fear that you will get hurt in a collision caused by a drunk driver. However, intoxicated driving is a serious problem in Ohio. Indeed, according to an analysis conducted by The Columbus Dispatch, approximately 1,800 Ohio residents have been arrested for drunk driving 10 times or more. While about two-thirds of all Ohio residents with drunk driving records are first-time offenders, about one-third of those arrested have multiple OVI charges.
I know how devastating an intoxicated driving crash can be. These collisions often cause life-threatening injuries, and families lose parents, children, and friends just because another driver decided to get behind the wheel after consuming too much alcohol. As an aggressive Columbus accident attorney, I will do everything in my power to get you the financial compensation you deserve.
Getting the Facts About Drunk Driving Collisions in Columbus
In Columbus, Ohio, driving under the influence (or a DUI) is known as operating a vehicle under the influence (or OVI). In other words, Ohio law uses the term OVI where many other states use DUI. In Ohio, drunk driving a serious public health issue. The following are some key facts and figures from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
- Ohio has a higher rate of drunk driving deaths than the national average (Ohio has a death rate of 3.5 per 100,000 population, while the national average is a rate of 3.3 per 100,000 population);
- Between 2003-212, a total of 3,637 people were killed in intoxicated driving crashes in Ohio;
- Approximately 2.2% of adults in Ohio self-report driving after having too much to drink, which is higher than the national average of 1.9%;
- 29 people die each day in the U.S. as a result of an alcohol-impaired crash;
- Drunk driving collisions account for nearly 30% of all traffic fatalities in the U.S. each year; and
- About 17% of fatal car accidents in which a child is killed are alcohol-impaired collisions.
Timeline for a Columbus, OH Intoxicated Driving Accident Lawsuit
Under Ohio law (Ohio Rev. Code Section 2305.10), the statute of limitations for most car accident claims is two years from the date of the crash. This includes alcohol-impaired collisions in the Columbus area. Even if you think two years seems like a long time, if you wait too long, evidence can be lost and you can risk losing your right to compensation.
Contact Me to Get Started on Your Case
If you or someone you love suffered serious injuries in a Columbus accident caused by a drunk driver, I want you to know that I’ll Make Them Pay!® There is no excuse for an intoxicated driving accident, and it is important to hold these careless drivers accountable when they cause crashes that result in serious injuries. As a Columbus car accident attorney, I have decades of experience serving injured plaintiffs in Ohio, and I can get started on your case today. Contact me at 877.944.4373 to learn more.