Ohio Dram Shop Law: Bar Liability for Alcohol Injuries and Death
Drunk driving accidents represent a significant portion of vehicle crashes in Ohio. For example, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) reported that 27.4 percent of all vehicle crash fatalities in Ohio were caused by drunk driving in 2014. More than half (58 percent) of wrong-way drivers involved in crashes were found to be under the influence, according to a 2013 report from the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP)
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) released its 2013 data on traffic deaths, revealing an improvement from the prior year. Nationally, 32,719 people died in crashes in 2013, a 3.1 decrease from 2012 (33,782 fatalities).
The holiday season brings out the worst in driving behavior. Mix winter conditions with stressed out drivers - many of whom have been drinking alcohol - and you have a recipe for a bad accident.
In a story that quickly made national news, an Ohio man posted a confession on the Internet this week detailing a night of drunken driving that ended in the death of an innocent bystander. The four-minute YouTube video shows the man, face blurred and voice distorted, describing a night of drinking at a number of local bars. After he was "black out drunk," he got in his car to go home.
In Ohio, of-age motorists are able to legally drive their cars with a blood alcohol content level of 0.08, as long as they're safely following the rules of the road. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has sparked controversy across the U.S., by recently calling for states to lower their alcohol limit to 0.05.
A 2011 Dixie Highway crash shows how one horrible decision can have tragic consequences. In that accident, a 22-year-old man was out on the town when he met two women at the bar. The women agreed to go for a ride in his Chevy Malibu, but wouldn't live to regret it.
If there is one thing that is absolutely positively predictable about an intoxicated driver, it is the fact that a drunk driver's actions are completely unpredictable. Even children playing in their own yard are not safe from the reckless unpredictability of someone under the influence of alcohol.