2017 Crash Statistics

Aug 03, 2018 Car Accidents    Legal Blog    Ohio Personal Injury

Posted by: Kisling, Nestico & Redick, LLC

Every year, the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) publishes statistics related to a variety of traffic-related incidents, including car crashes and car accident-related fatalities. The crash statistics from 2017 show that the number of accidents has actually declined. In 2017, there was a total of 65,140 crashes, whereas 2016 saw a total of 66,395 accidents. Injuries, too, declined in a year, from 19,547 in 2016, to 18,832 in 2017. Unfortunately, fatalities from car accidents rose in the same period of time. Car accident fatalities in 2016 fatalities totaled 511, but 2017’s total was 544.

If you or a loved one was hurt in a car accident, talk to an Ohio car accident lawyer at Kisling, Nestico & Redick. We have helped a number of Ohioans fight for the compensation they need to pay for their medical bills and time off work.

Let us see what we can do for you. Schedule a free case consultation with one of our attorneys today. Call us at 1-800-HURT-NOW, or reach out online.

Fatal Crashes Increased Over Five Years

Despite the number of safety features installed in cars, as well as the abundant information available urging Ohioans to develop safe driving habits, fatal car crashes are steadily rising each year. A look at the OSHP’s annual fatal crash statistics for the last five years shows the figure has risen from 918 in 2013 to 1,094 in 2017. A number of other related statistics have also increased in the past four years, including:

  • Traffic fatalities – from 990 to 1,179
  • Fatalities due to lack of seat belt – from 431 to 471
  • Pedestrian fatalities – from 88 to 145
  • Fatalities from DUIs – from 350 to 405

If you have lost a family member in a car accident, be sure to contact an Ohio wrongful death attorney. When an accident was the result of another driver’s carelessness, you are often able to collect damages on behalf of your loved one. Reach out to Kisling, Nestico & Redick today to learn more.

Common Causes of Car Accidents

While there are a number of reasons a person may crash their car, the most common factors in Ohio car crashes include:

  • Aggressive Driving (including actions such as following the car in front of you too closely, failing to yield to oncoming traffic, changing lanes abruptly and without signaling)
  • Speeding
  • Inability to maintain control of the car
  • Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Distracted driving (which includes eating or drinking, punching information into a GPS, texting or talking on a phone)

When you’re behind the wheel of your car adhering to the rules of the road, you expect other motorists to act in a similar fashion. When another driver speeds, tailgates you, texts instead of paying attention to the road, or fails to use their turn signals, they put everyone around them at risk for great harm. If you’ve incurred injuries in an Ohio car accident, reach out to an attorney right away for help.

Talk to an Ohio Car Accident Lawyer Today

Another driver’s negligent actions shouldn’t interfere with your life. Yet, as statistics show, thousands of people all over Ohio are injured or killed in a car accident every year. If you are part of these statistics, call an experienced attorney immediately. The legal team at Kisling, Nestico & Redick can begin working on your case right away. We will take care of the court documents and speak to the insurance company on your behalf. That way, all you need to worry about is recovering from your injuries.

Contact us at 1-800-HURT-NOW to schedule your free case evaluation.

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