Drunk driving has contributed to 19 Lucas County fatalities in 2007 alone, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. The legal blood alcohol level limit for drivers in the State of Ohio is 0.08. Our Toledo, Ohio personal injury attorneys want to point out, however, that car accidents due to drinking and driving can occur even when the driver is under that 0.08 limit. According to the Toledo Blade, there were 5,502 car accidents between 2003 and September 30, 2007, involving alcohol levels under 0.08 that resulted in severe injuries. These statistics do not include the 104,741 Ohio car accidents whose drivers were not tested for alcohol consumption.
The severity of drunk driving has recently been brought to greater attention after two wrong-way, Toledo, Ohio drunk driving car accidents occurred in less than two weeks. Not only have these drunk driving car accidents caused personal injury and wrongful death, the accidents could have be prevented.
Drinking over the legal limit then getting behind the wheel is against the law and can take your life and the lives of innocent people on the road. Our Toledo, Ohio personal injury attorneys urge drivers not to drink and drive under any circumstances. Just because you think you are not at the legal limit does not mean you are unimpaired. If you have had too much to drink, call a friend, family member, or cab to take you home. Don’t jeopardize yourself and others by drinking and driving.