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Ohio Car Accident Statistics and Causes of Traffic Crashes

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The Ohio Department of Public Safety manages the data on traffic crashes that occur each year in the state. Keeping track of these numbers gives you an idea of how many crashes are still occurring and the amount of injuries and property damage these accidents cause. Unless you have been involved in a car accident and suffered serious injuries, you may not be able to grasp the magnitude of how it can devastate your life. Knowing how often crashes occur, how many people are injured and lose their lives may motivate drivers to step up their level of caution and safety when they are driving. To the extent that it is in your power to be a safer driver, doing so saves lives–even maybe your own.

Ohio traffic accident statistics for 2016

  • There were 305,964 total traffic crashes
  • Of those crashes, 1,054 were fatalities and 77,514 had injuries– 9,207 of which were incapacitating, serious injuries
  • Of the vehicles involved in those crashes, 503,890 were passenger vehicles, 4,342 were motorcycles and 23,474 were med/heavy trucks
  • There were 12,243 alcohol-related crashes with 313 having fatalities and 5,076 involved injuries

What is causing these traffic crashes?

The roadways are an unsafe place because drivers tend to misjudge their ability to operate a motor vehicle while engaging in other activities that take their attention at the same time such as using their mobile phone or typing or reading text messages. Drivers don’t realize that they have had too much to drink, so they get behind the wheel and cause a terrible crash. And many drivers do not understand how dangerous it is to drive when they are overly tired. Drowsy driving can be as dangerous as drunk driving.

Seeking compensation for injuries from traffic crashes

Whenever there is a car accident, there is the potential for serious injuries. Driver error is the leading cause of any kind of motor vehicle accident, and when that error arises out of negligence, the injured party may be able to take legal action against the driver who is at fault in causing the accident. If the injured party is successful in proving the other driver’s negligence, they may recover compensation for their pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost income and other damages.

Suffering an injury in a serious car accident can be a devastating experience. You often lose time at work, have mounting medical bills and you may face years of pain and the inability to do those things you once enjoyed. If you are looking for aggressive representation from a trusted team of Ohio car accident attorneys, look to Crandall & Pera Law For a free, no-obligation consultation call 877-686-8879 or fill out our contact form now.

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