Early Thursday morning in Plain Township, Ohio the driver of a minivan, who is suspected to have been operating the vehicle while intoxicated, crashed into a pickup truck.
According to to the report, around 2 a.m. the driver of the minivan was traveling eastbound on Everhard Road when he ran a red light and struck a pickup truck with two passengers inside. The minivan then continued off the road and crashed into the traffic light pole.
The names of those involved have not yet been released, but police have stated that they believe the driver of the minivan was intoxicated at the time.
Ohio Revised Code Section 4511.19, entitled “Operating vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs – OVI,” states:
(A)(1) No person shall operate any vehicle… within this state, if, at the time of the operation, any of the following apply:
(a) The person is under the influence of alcohol, a drug of abuse, or a combination of them.
(b) The person has a concentration of eight-hundredths of one per cent or more but less than seventeen-hundredths of one per cent by weight per unit volume of alcohol in the person’s whole blood.
There are also other ways that a person can be found to be legally intoxicated as well. In addition, if someone is injured as a result of the action of an intoxicated driver, punitive damages may be available. This would be money awarded above and beyond compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
If you or a loved one have been injured because of an Ohio drunk driver, they may be liable for the damages that they caused. Call our office at 800.637.8170 to speak with one of our drunk driving accident injury lawyers today.