If you are a resident of Ohio and you believe your state’s roadways are far more hazardous during the winter, you are completely correct. A recent study by the Auto Insurance Center (AIC) determined that the state of Ohio has the highest number of fatal traffic accidents from snowy or icy road conditions in the winter.
Ohio’s Statistics on Winter Car Crashes
The AIC’s study determined that 143 of those deadly car accidents in Ohio occurred in 2015. This information was revealed in the most recent fatal crash data made available by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System.
The study also determined that Ohio not only leads in fatal winter car accidents for residents of the state, but for drivers from other states as well. According to the data released in 2015, 38 out-of-state drivers were killed in car crashes that winter. Out-of-state driver accidents in Ohio accounted for over 25 percent of fatal car crashes in wintry weather.
In addition, the AIC’s study found that the absolute worst winter driving conditions in the entire country in 2015 were experienced on one Ohio road at around 2:00 pm on a Saturday when snow was present on the ground or while it was currently snowing. The study also indicated that drivers between the ages of 16 and 24 had the highest rate of fatal car accidents in Ohio.
National Statistics on Winter Car Crashes
Across the nation, snow was the top cause of fatal car accidents during the winter season in 2015 at 523 crashes. The top contributors to the accidents were reportedly ice and frost, which led to 370 car accidents. Wet, slippery road conditions accounted for 82 fatal car crashes.
Additionally, the AIC’s study determined that the majority of winter weather car accidents that result in fatalities occur between the hours of 9:00 am and 2:00 pm. Saturday was the most common day for a fatal car accident to occur in winter. In total, there were 286 fatal car crashes on Saturdays in 2015.
Overall, there were more vehicle collisions in Ohio over the weekend than during the week. On Fridays in 2015, there were 197 fatal accidents, a significantly larger number than the number of accidents on Thursdays, which was 73.
If you were injured in a winter car accident in Ohio or lost a loved one in a crash caused by another driver, you need an experienced personal injury attorney on your side. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, pain, and suffering and other damages.