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Intoxicated pedestrians killed in more car accidents

The Ohio Department of Transportation recently released statistics that show over a one-third of all pedestrians killed in Ohio car accidents were considered legally intoxicated at the time. The figures summarize pedestrian deaths in 2011. In one younger group of pedestrians, those between the ages of 25 to 34, 50 percent of those who died in car accidents had a blood-alcohol level of .08.

That blood-alcohol level in a driver constitutes illegal intoxication in Ohio and throughout the country. The statistics released also showed that approximately 13 percent of all motorists involved in accidents in which a pedestrian was killed were found to be intoxicated. Putting together the figures for motorists and pedestrians, alcohol constituted a factor in 48 percent of all traffic accidents in which a pedestrian was killed.

In 2011, 4,432 pedestrians died, which amounted to 14 percent of all fatalities in car accidents. This was a 3 percent increase in pedestrian fatalities from the previous year. While pedestrian intoxication may have been a factor in a minority of such deaths, the fact remains that motorists have the obligation to watch out for pedestrians, even if the pedestrians may be intoxicated.

There are some pending proposals to lower the legal threshold for intoxicated driving to a blood-alcohol level of .05. The National Transportation Safety Board believes.05 is the point at which alcohol may impair many motorists' vision.

Tragically, driver intoxication from alcohol or drugs, combined with such things as reckless driving, speeding, fatigue, and distracted driving while texting or making cell phone calls, cause thousands of accidents each year in Ohio.

Injured victims of such accidents, as well as the surviving families of those killed in such tragedies, are well advised to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney soon after an accident.

Source:, "Walking while drunk can be lethal, Department of Transportation warns" Alison Grant, Aug. 07, 2013

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