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Fatal accidents in Ohio: How do they happen?

Since 2012, there is no appreciable change in the number of traffic fatalities occurring in Ohio each year. However, the figures still seem high. In 2016 for example, 1,133 people died in all types of traffic accidents - 23 more than died in 2015.

In 2016, there were an average of 2.9 fatal crashes per day and one person was killed every 7.8 hours. Obviously, much more needs to be done to bring these figures down in future years. To find solutions to this problem, the Ohio Department of Public Safety collects many types of statistics concerning the causes of fatal traffic accidents.

Major Causes of Fatal Accidents in Ohio

These are some of the Department's findings for 2016:

Cause                                                # of Fatal Accidents      % of Fatal Accidents                                                                      

Failure to control vehicle                             194                                 18.3%

Improper lane change or passing                 146                                 13.8%

Failure to yield                                           121                                 11.4%

Unsafe speed                                            113                                 10.7%

Left of center line                                      105                                   9.9%

Followed too closely                                     61                                   5.7%

Ran stop sign                                             49                                    4.6%

Improper crossing                                       30                                    2.8%

Operating vehicle in a negligent manner          27                                    2.5%

 About 14.6% of all fatal accidents involved drivers who were under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or medications.

These types of vehicles were involved in fatal accidents in 2016:

Type of Vehicle                                 # of Fatal Accidents                                                   

Passenger vehicle                                1,301

Motorcycle                                             202

Pedestrian                                             158

Medium or heavy truck                            146

Bicycle                                                     20

Bus, van, or limo                                      13

Other (e.g. ATV or snowmobile)                 16        

Horse-drawn vehicle                                    3

Unknown or hit/skip                                  12

In terms of traffic fatalities, the summer months are the most dangerous. As we head into summer, it behooves all of us to stay mindful of other drivers and pedestrians as we drive. Let's hope that state, county and local governments, road safety specialists, and other parties can succeed in reducing the number of traffic fatalities.

If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed in an accident, you may be able to claim compensation. You should speak with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible.

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