Car accidents are an unfortunate reality in and around our area. At Paulozzi LPA Injury Lawyers, our qualified and experienced attorneys regularly help clients who have been injured in accidents caused by other people. A recent story showed that the majority of fatal car accidents in Ohio last year were caused by men. Our Cleveland car accident attorneys want to discuss these findings as well as what you can do if you are injured by a driver’s negligent actions.
According to data from the Ohio State Highway Patrol, men caused approximately 75% of all fatal car accidents in the state in 2019.
The Highway Patrol pointed out that there were five main factors that contributed to most of the fatal crashes last year:
Police say that men were more likely to speed than women, making them much more likely to contribute to fatal crashes.
“Crashes are preventable when drivers stay focused and make good decisions behind the wheel,” said Governor Mike DeWine.
The data also shows that teenagers are more likely to cause fatal crashes than mature drivers. It is the younger drivers that are more likely to speed and drift out of their lane. Even though women are much less likely to cause fatal crashes, data shows that they are more likely to ignore yield signs.
The governor is right. Most car accidents are preventable. Lt. Rob Gabble, the Cleveland commander for Highway Patrol, says that “Law enforcement officers see the deadly consequences of distracted driving violations on a daily basis, and more often than not, these distractions involve the use of an electronic device.”
Our phones and other handheld devices are contributing to unsafe road conditions. The governor has proposed a statewide law to crack down on cell phone use while driving. Legislation currently being discussed would make texting and driving a primary offense, meaning a police officer could stop drivers solely for texting. The proposed legislation would also increase the penalties for using a cell phone while driving.
Cutting down on distracted driving would significantly increase roadway safety in Cleveland and throughout the rest of Ohio.
If you or somebody you care about has been injured in an accident that was caused by another person’s reckless or negligent behavior, seek legal assistance today. At Paulozzi LPA Injury Lawyers, our skilled and dedicated team will investigate every aspect of your case and work to determine whether you are entitled to any of the following compensation. This could include: