Driving is a skill that requires alertness, good judgment, and quick thinking. Considering that you are often sharing the road with hundreds or even thousands of other vehicles, it doesn’t take much to cause an accident. Just one wrong move can cause serious damage or tragic injuries. Fortunately, many of the most common causes of car accidents in Ohio can be avoided.
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Main Factors of Accidents in Ohio
According to the Ohio Highway Patrol, in 2020 there have been 165,812 motor vehicle crashes in Ohio so far. Those crashes had a variety of causes, with the most common involving motorist errors. Those involved:
- Alcohol/OVI – 16,157 accidents
- Commercial Related – 9,729 accidents
- Distraced Drivers – 7,873 accidents
- Failure to Yeild – 22,604 accidents
- Unsafe Speed – 20,403 accidents
- Teen Related – 22,799 accidents
- Ran Red Light/Stop Sign – 8,774 accidents
Car Accident Injuries in 2020
As a result, thousands of people across Ohio were injured or suffered a tragic loss in 2020.
- 784 Fatalities
- 4,229 Seious Injuries
- 22,942 Minor/Moderate Injuries
Ohio Car Accidents by County
Perhaps unsurprisingly, most vehicle accidents occured in the three most populated counties of Ohio:
- Cuyahoga – 17,423 accidents
- Franklin – 15,972 accidents
- Hamilton – 17,933 accidents
By comparison, Lorain County had 3,847 car accidents so far in 2020. Erie County had 1,374, Sandusky County had 862, and Ottawa had 586.
It should be noted that 2020 saw fewer car accidents in Ohio during March, April, May, and June when compared to the last five years. This is likely due to generally fewer cars on the roads in the height of the COVID-19 shutdown, but no specific cause was provided.
For more information about the causes of car accidents, the Ohio Department of Public Safety releases an annual Crash Facts book that is available online.
Get Legal Help if You’ve Been Injured
If you’ve been injured in a car accident – no matter the cause – it’s important to seek immediate legal help. A car crash can cause injuries ranging from bruises to whiplash and from broken bones to concussions. You may need long-term medical treatment and worry about how to pay for it.
Ohio car accident lawyer Victor Kademenos will fight for your legal rights. He treats each client as an individual and focuses on giving them the attention they deserve. Call Kademenos, Wisehart, Hines, Dolyk & Wright Co. LPA at (419) 625-7770.