by Arthur Elk
A car accident lawyer can help you if you’ve been injured in an auto-related collision, but the best way to protect yourself is to do all that you can to prevent an accident on the road. The state of Ohio has seen an overall increase in the number of enforcement stops in the past five years. This is done in an attempt to prevent accidents from occurring in the first place.
Despite more traffic stops, the number of crashes that were investigated by the Ohio State Highway Patrol increased from 60,045 in 2012 to 62,093 in 2013. Stops for driving under suspension as well as seat belt enforcements also went up. This is likely a result of more aggressive measure taken by police officers. The increased police presence may have helped convince some drivers not to drink and drive, as state troopers made fewer OVI enforcement stops this year.
Being a more alert and responsible driver can help keep you safe. Even when you’re not the one at fault, you can possibly prevent an accident from becoming life threatening. Keeping a safe distance from those driving haphazardly and refraining from distracted driving could enable you to swerve and avoid a collision. If you or someone you know has been involved in an auto collision, no matter who was at fault, it’s best to consult with a car accident attorney who can help protect your rights.
“Ohio State Highway Patrol Statistics” OHSP, accessed: December 31, 2013.