Most years, Ohio averages about 300,000 traffic accidents. The number of crashes in the first half of 2021 has been about average; however, statistics are showing a concerning increase in deaths.
Why are Ohio roads becoming more dangerous?
How much have fatalities increased?
Despite the lower traffic volume, 1,153 people died in Ohio traffic accidents in 2020, which set a record for the state. Compared to the same time last year, fatalities in 2021 are exceeding that record-setting pace by 16%.
Why are more people dying?
The Ohio Department of Transportation has reported a 1% increase in the number of drivers exceeding 85 miles per hour on Ohio roads. Additionally, an alarming number of ODOT crews are being hit while working on the roads. Drivers struck 125 ODOT crews with their vehicles in 2020 and 86 so far in 2021.
What can you do to stay safe?
Defensive driving is the key to avoiding traffic accidents. Be aware of your surroundings. Avoid driving while distracted, particularly in construction zones. Obey posted speed limits. Excessive speed not only increases the likelihood that a crash will occur but increases the severity of the impact, which can lead to serious injuries or death. Be cautious around commercial trucks. The drivers may not be able to see your vehicle and the weight of their trucks decreases their ability to maneuver and increases the time it takes to stop.
Safe driving practices can improve your chances of avoiding a deadly collision on Ohio roads. However, if another driver’s negligence has lead to an injury or death, you have legal options.