According to Ohio State Highway Patrol data, 2021 was one of the deadliest years on record for crashes in Ohio, with 1,246 fatal crashes resulting in 1,357 total fatalities. Over the past five-years, there have been nearly 6000 fatalities with about 30% these fatalities coming from five counties: Franklin (505), Cuyahoga (456), Hamilton (272), Montgomery (259) and Lucas (211).
It is not surprising that Lucas County is among the deadliest counties for traffic fatalities, as three of the most dangerous highways in the state run through it: I-75, US-20, and US-23. Annually, there are approximately 12,000 crashes on just these three highways.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol identified that six contributing circumstances accounted for more than 70% of the fatal crashes in 2021:
- Driving off the roadway.
- Traveling at an unsafe speed;
- Going left of center;
- Failing to yield the right-of-way;
- Improperly changing lanes; or
- Following too closely
While most fatal crashes are unintentional, they still are the result of driver negligence and are entirely preventable. Driving responsibly and being attentive is the duty of every driver, Drivers who breach their duty are liable for the injuries they cause others as a result.
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