Columbus is a busy city with a lot of traffic. Driving on busy roads can be an adventure. Speeders on I-270. Aggressive lane-changers weaving in and out of traffic on I-670. Drivers running red lights on North High Street. Car accidents here are common. There are some who swear that Columbus has the worst drivers not just in Ohio, but the entire country.
According to one study, among cities with the worst drivers, the city actually ranks 4th.
The insurance aggregation site Quote Wizard reviewed two million insurance quote claims from the 70 largest cities in the United States to determine which had the best and worst drivers.
The website based its ranking using four metrics – accidents, speeding tickets, DUIs, and citations.
Columbus ranked 4th for DUIs, 9th for accidents, and 13th for citations. It fared somewhat better in the category of speeding, ranking 19th among all cities reviewed.
It still wasn’t as bad as three other cities – Bakersfield, CA in 3rd place; Riverside, CA in 2nd place; and Omaha, NE coming in as the city with the worst drivers.
The consequences of negligent drivers
The biggest problem with reckless driving habits is that they often are the cause of accidents that can leave people seriously injured, or worse. A crash can change people’s lives in seconds and impact them physically, emotionally, and financially.
The victims of bad drivers need treatment for their injuries. This may involve diagnostic tests, surgery, and hospitalization. They may need medication, physical therapy, and multiple follow-up visits with specialists. Recovery from their injuries may take months or even longer. Some are left permanently disabled.
If you were hurt in a crash caused by a driver who was acting recklessly or irresponsibly, you deserve financial compensation. It seems like it should be straightforward, especially if the driver was speeding or driving drunk.
Recovering compensation can be a complicated process. It’s fairly common for negligent drivers to refuse to accept responsibility for the accident and deny doing anything wrong. They may not want to get into any trouble or are concerned that their insurance premiums will go up if they are found to be at fault.
Insurance companies aren’t much help either, as they're financially motivated to pay out as little money as possible. That means if you were injured in an accident, you're in the position of having to prove it wasn't your fault.
Holding negligent drivers accountable
It’s important to have experienced legal representation if you were injured in a car accident caused by someone else. An attorney can investigate your crash and knows where to look for evidence that the other driver was speeding or engaging in another unsafe behavior. This can involve visiting the crash scene, carefully reviewing accident reports, and interviewing witnesses. If needed, accident reconstruction experts can help determine exactly how the collision happened.
When the insurance company is presented with a strong case that demonstrates a driver’s negligence caused the accident, it becomes much more likely to negotiate a settlement that meets your needs. Or a lawyer can file a lawsuit and put the evidence in front of a jury at trial.
At Gervelis Law Firm, our attorneys have been holding negligent drivers accountable for the accidents they cause for decades. Our firm has skilled and experienced lawyers and seasoned investigators.
If you’ve been injured in a car accident in Columbus, Canfield, Akron, Toledo, or anywhere in Ohio, see how we can help. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.