Each year in Ohio and Northern Kentucky, hundreds of thousands of accidents plague our roads, causing injuries and deaths that can be felt in our families and communities. Although nobody expects to be involved in a crash when they get behind the wheel, the ugly truth is that the average driver will be involved in an accident at least once in their lifetime. As a local motorist, it is essential to be aware of the automotive accident statistics in Ohio.
If you have been involved in a motor vehicle collision caused by the negligence of another, you may have grounds for legal action. The car accident attorneys at O’Connor, Acciani & Levy work hard to obtain maximum compensation, often without having to enter the courtroom.
2011 Ohio Car Accident Stats
An injury occurred on Ohio roads every 5 minutes in 2011, according to the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s (ODPS) annual report on crash facts. Here are some other interesting general data about auto collisions in Ohio in 2011:
- Over 290,000 accidents
- Over 1,000 fatalities (in 940 crashes)
- Over 72,000 injury-causing accidents
- 53% of drivers involved in a crash were male
- Nearly 54% of accidents occurred during the daylight hours
- More than 35 children were killed and over 8,200 injured
- Alcohol was involved in less than 5% of collisions
- Alcohol was involved in over 35% of fatal accidents
- Over 73% of alcohol-impaired drivers were males
Fortunately, 2011 (the last year reported) was the safest year on record when it came to auto fatalities. However, if you have been hurt or even lost a loved one in an automotive collision, these statistics do not provide comfort. If you are planning to pursue compensation, contact our auto accident attorneys today.
Data On Ohio Auto Accident Injuries & Deaths
The rate of fatalities in automotive crashes is below the national average, according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). When it comes to those who suffer trauma in our state, consider this information (all data for 2011, from the ODPS):
- About 2.6 fatal accidents occurred daily
- About 2.8 people were killed daily
- Nearly 300 were injured daily
- Over 9,000 incapacitating injuries occurred
- November had the most accidents
- August had the most fatal crashes
- October had the most incapacitating injury-causing collisions
- Friday was the day of the week with the most collisions and injury-causing accidents
- Saturday was the day of the week with the most fatal accidents and incapacitating injuries
To avoid becoming one of these disturbing automotive accident statistics, it is best to practice defensive driving and always use your safety equipment buckling up is always your first line of defense to avoid extreme injuries in the event of a collision.
Motor Vehicle Collision Stats For Ohio Trauma Victims
The ODPS’s 2010 Ohio Trauma Registry Annual Data Report provides statistics on victims who are treated by Emergency Medical Services. Behind only slip and fall accidents, auto collisions are the second leading cause of injury in EMS trauma patients.
Motor vehicle collisions accounted for:
- Over 4,300 patients (more than 15%)
- Over 17% of deaths
- A fatality rate of 4.7
- Over 27,500 days in the hospital
The costs of a collision can be overwhelming to a family, and in severe cases, ongoing medical care may be required sometimes for life. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries, from mild to permanent, a personal injury lawyer may be able to help you to pursue recourse for the monetary expenses of the crash, as well as pain and suffering.