These Ohio Work Zone Crash Statistics Will Shock You

Mar 11, 2019 Car Accidents    Legal Blog    Ohio Personal Injury    Traffic Accidents    Workplace injuries

Posted by: Kisling, Nestico & Redick, LLC

Ohio roads are notorious for being almost constant work zones. These are areas of traffic with construction, maintenance, or utility-related activities. If you’re driving and see signs, barriers, pavement markings, channeling devices and/or work vehicles, you are likely in a work zone.

While driving through a work zone, it’s important to follow the signs, obey the posted speed limit, and only change lanes when traffic conditions and pavement markings permit you to do so. Failing to drive with extra caution while in an Ohio work zone can lead to a serious accident.

As car accident lawyers in Ohio, KNR compiled the recent Ohio work zone crash statistics and were alarmed by the results. If you’ve been injured in a work zone accident in the Buckeye State, consult our experienced work zone accident lawyers at Kisling, Nestico & Redick. Call us at 1-800-HURT-NOW today to ensure your rights are protected.

Alarming Ohio Work Zone Crash Statistics

The Ohio Department of Transportation compiled statewide work zone crash statistics for 2007 to 2017. During those 10 years, there were a total of 58,782 work zone accidents. Of the 58,782 crashes, 14,196 resulted in injuries, and 186 led to fatalities.

The most common causes of work zone accidents in Ohio from 2007 to 2017 were:

  • Following too close
  • Failure to control
  • Improper lane change
  • Failure to yield
  • Drove off road
  • Driver inattention
  • Excessive speed
  • Improper braking
  • Improper turning
  • Vehicle defect

Surprisingly, the majority of Ohio work zone accidents took place in June, July, August, and September rather than in the colder months when the roads are frequently covered with ice and snow.

Another shocking statistic is that most of the Ohio work zone crashes occurred in daylight, rather than when it was dark outside. These statistics prove just how important it is to drive carefully in work zones, even when it’s light outside, and road conditions are dry.

What to Do After a Work Zone Accident

If you are involved in a work zone accident, there are certain steps you should take to protect your rights including:

  • Remain at the scene: Immediately after a work zone accident, remain at the scene as leaving may lead to serious penalties.
  • Contact 911: Call the police and inform them of the crash. They’ll arrive promptly and file an accident report, which could be valuable for you down the road.
  • Seek medical attention: Even if you believe you’re fine or your injury is no big deal, visit the doctor so that you can be properly diagnosed and treated if necessary.
  • Photograph the scene: Use your smartphone to snap photos of the accident scene as well as all vehicles and any injuries you may have sustained.
  • Collect contact information: Ask all the drivers involved for their name, phone number, and insurance information. If there were any witnesses, gather their contact details as well.
  • Record your doctor’s appointments, expenses, missed time from work: By keeping track of your appointments, expenses, and missed time from work, you can increase your chances of collecting the fair and full compensation you may be entitled to.
  • Call a work zone accident lawyer: Reach out to a work zone accident lawyer who can help you determine liability and file a claim against the negligent party if necessary.

Injured in an Ohio Work Zone Crash? Contact Kisling, Nestico & Redick

If you’ve been hurt in an Ohio work zone accident, it is in your best interest to contact KNR right away. We can investigate your case and help you recover what you deserve. Call us at 1-800-HURT-NOW today or online to set up a free consultation. There is no risk in speaking to us because the consult is free and there are no costs to you unless we recover compensation.

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