In the early morning hours of July 29, 2013 two cars were traveling in Dayton, Ohio going west on Edwin C. Moses near Arena Park Drive when both veered out of control. One vehicle careened into a tree and flipped, coming to rest on its top while the other struck a tree and went into a ditch. Surprisingly, no one was injured in this Ohio auto accident, though the drivers of both vehicles were cited for failure to control. Police are investigating the cause of the accident to determine if speed, alcohol, or distracted driving played a role.
Ohio Auto Accidents Caused by Texting and Distracted Driving
How prevalent are Ohio auto accidents due to texting? The Ohio State Patrol (OSP)issued a Distracted Driving Bulletin in 2012 showing that in two years, 31,231 auto accidents caused by texting and other distractions. Of those auto accidents, 74 involved fatalities and 7,825 caused injuries. In that same bulletin, the OSP says that distracted driving means taking your eyes from the road, taking your hands from the wheel, and not focusing on driving. Texting involves all three types of distractions, making Ohio auto accidents that much more deadly.
Ohio State Patrol Superintendent Colonel John Born said in a news release “Every single time someone takes their eyes or focus off the road – even for just a few seconds – they put their lives and lives of others in danger. Distracted driving is unsafe, irresponsible and in a split second, its consequences can be devastating.”
District Analysis of Ohio Auto Accidents Caused by Distracted Driving
The OSP reports that Ohio District 3, comprised of Cuyahoga, Lorain, Medina, Ashland, Wayne, Holmes, Stark and Summit counties have the highest number of distracting driving crashes in the state, with 10,169 distracted driving relating auto accidents occurring between 2009 and 2011. District 9, comprised of Hocking, Ross, Pike, Scioto, Lawrence, Gallia, Jackson, Vinton, Athens and Meigs counties had 1,444 distracted driving accidents, the lowest in the state.
Ohio Implements Texting Ban to Reduce Ohio Auto Accidents due to Distracted Driving
On March 1, 2013, Ohio issued a statewide ban on texting while driving. That law also makes texting a primary offense meaning police officers can stop anyone under the age of 18 for using their phone in non-emergency situations, including talking on the phone, texting, emailing, using a tablet, PC, or laptop, playing video games, or using a non-voice free or non-hands free GPS. Drivers who are cited under the new law will have their license suspended for 60 days and pay a $150 fine for a first offense. A second offense will cause the driver to lose their license for a year and pay a $300 fine.
Adults who break the law will be charged with a misdemeanor offense and pay a fine up to $150.
About Wright & Schulte LLC
Wright & Schulte LLC, a personal injury firm, is dedicated to the belief that America’s legal system should work for the people. Every day, the attorneys of Wright & Schulte LLC stand up for the rights of people who have been injured by the negligence or misconduct of others. Whether it is a personal injury due to a highway accident, medical malpractice, product liability, nursing home abuse, a construction accident, wrongful death, or any other lawsuits we are always here to answer any questions and help in any way we can. It costs nothing to talk to us, so schedule a free initial consultation. There is no obligation. You can have the advice of a respected legal professional. Contact our office at yourohiolegalhelp.com or by phone at (937)-222-7477 to set up your free appointment.