Even with many people staying home much of last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there were 113 more traffic fatalities in Ohio in 2020 than in 2019, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s OSHP Crash Dashboard. Even more troubling — 2021 is on track to significantly surpass 2020 fatality statistics. As of August 22, 2021, there have been 812 traffic fatalities reported in Ohio, an increase of 83 fatalities from the same time period in 2020.
The Dayton Daily News reported earlier this year that there has also been an increase in speeding citations issued, including “a large increase in the amount of violations for motorists exceeding 100 mph.”
Ohio isn’t alone in seeing a spike in traffic fatalities. The statistics match a nationwide trend. According to a June report, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s early estimates show that an estimated 38,680 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes—the largest projected number of fatalities since 2007. Last year during the pandemic lockdowns, drivers more frequently engaged in risky behavior behind the wheel, such as speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and speeding.
As personal injury lawyers, it is extremely frustrating to see an increase in fatalities caused by the most reckless and careless types of driving. These preventable and devastating losses will affect families for decades and lifetimes to come. For individuals that are injured, the physical, emotional, and financial effects are far-reaching.
If you or someone you love has been harmed due to the reckless driving of someone else, you have legal rights to seek compensation. Whether you were injured in a car accident, motorcycle accident, pedestrian accident, or trucking accident, an experienced lawyer can help you navigate your personal injury claim and obtain the money and justice you deserve.
At GBM Law, our attorneys have dedicated their careers to helping victims of serious injury and wrongful death obtain justice. The money we’ve recovered for our clients has allowed them to get the best medical care available, and not suffer financially after enduring the physical and emotional pain of an accident.
We represent our clients in a compassionate manner while aggressively fighting for the full and fair compensation they deserve. Our lawyers are not afraid of taking on complex or challenging cases — or cases that other attorneys may have turned away. If you have questions about a potential case and would like to speak with an attorney, call us at 614-698-1782. If we represent you, we are only paid if we recover money for you.