Posted by: Kisling, Nestico & Redick, LLC
Ohio is a great place to call home. It’s full of exciting attractions and a variety of Fortune 500 companies. Unfortunately, car accidents are a frequent occurrence on the Buckeye State’s roadways. Let’s take a closer look at how Ohio crash statistics in 2016 compared to those in 2017.
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Ohio Crash Statistics in 2016 and 2017
The number of fatal crashes in Ohio increased slightly from 1,054 in 2016 to 1,094 in 2017. There was also an increase in how many individuals lost their lives because they weren’t wearing their seatbelts when accidents happened.
While there were 431 unbelted fatalities in 2016, there were 471 in 2017. Fortunately, the number of OVI-related fatal crashes decreased from 430 in 2016 to 405 in 2017. When it comes to crashes involving pedestrians, 140 passed away in 2016, and 145 died in 2017.
In 2016, there were 66,395 total crashes in the state. This number went down in 2017 to 65,140 total crashes. Out of the 66,395 accidents in 2016, 19,547 injuries arose. In 2017, there were 18,832 injuries out of the 65,140 total crashes.
Although it’s nice to see that the number of total crashes in the Buckeye State has decreased from 2016 to 2017, the rise in fatalities during shows that Ohio drivers do need to drive more defensively and be extra cautious while behind the wheel.
How to Prevent Car Accidents in Ohio
There are a variety of ways you can prevent car accidents from occurring in Ohio. Here are some tips:
- Keep your eyes on the road: When you’re driving, you should only be focused on the road. Save eating, brushing your hair, texting, and other tasks for when you’re not behind the wheel. By solely concentrating on driving, you’ll be prepared for hazards that may come your way and reduce your risk of causing an accident.
- Follow speed limits: If you find yourself speeding often because you’re always in a hurry, get into the habit of leaving earlier. Speeding can make it impossible for you to stop quickly if necessary and can lead to a crash.
- Ignore aggressive drivers: Sadly, there will always be aggressive drivers on the road. If you happen to come across one, try to get out of their way as much as possible. In the event, they are honking their horn or very close to you, slow down and let them pass you. Avoid playing games with these drivers as doing so can increase accident risk.
- Do not drink and drive: If your plans involve drinking, make sure you figure out how you’ll get home safely. You can appoint a designated driver or use a ride-sharing service like Uber.
- Ensure your vehicle is safe: While negligent driving practices typically lead to Ohio car accidents, they may also arise because of defective vehicle parts. Make sure your vehicle is always in tip-top shape by getting its brakes, tires, engine, and other components checked on a regular basis.
Contact Kisling, Nestico & Redick
If you’ve been injured or a lost a loved one in an Ohio car accident, reach out to KNR and our experienced Ohio car accident lawyers as soon as possible. We can determine fault and may be able to help you collect compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.
Call us at 1-800-HURT-NOW or contact us online for a free, no-obligation consultation today.