2024 OSHP Report Analyzes 5 Years of Ohio Fatal Car Accidents

Ohio Fatal Car Accidents

The Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) conducted a review of fatal crashes on state roadways over five years, from 2019 to 2023. They found that there were 5,773 fatal crashes resulting in 6,262 deaths during this time.

The top contributing factors to these cases include driving off the roadway, driving at unsafe speed, driving left of center, failing to yield the right of way, following too closely, and running stop signs.

Ohio Counties with the Most Fatal Car Crashes

The highest number of fatal crashes occurred in:

  • Franklin County (570)
  • Cuyahoga (487)
  • Hamilton (319)
  • Montgomery (286)
  • Lucas (225)

Combined, these five counties accounted for 33% of all fatal crashes statewide.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine highlighted the role all drivers play in preventing tragedies on the roads. He urged drivers to prioritize safety by keeping their hands on the wheel, focusing on the road, and refraining from using electronic devices.

When & Where Most Ohio Fatal Car Accidents Occur

OSHP reported that more than one in three fatal crashes occurred between 5:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m., with Fridays and Saturdays being the most frequent. During this period, Interstate 71, Interstate 75, and US Route 40 were identified as the leading routes for fatal crashes.

In Northeast Ohio, Cuyahoga County had the highest number of fatal crashes (487), followed by Summit (207), Lorain (108), Portage (79), Geauga (60), Medina (57), and Lake (51) counties.

State officials noted that since Ohio implemented tougher laws, distracted driving-related crashes have decreased on state roadways. OSHP superintendent Colonel Charles A. Jones, emphasized the importance of motorists adhering to traffic laws and practicing safe driving habits to contribute to safer roadways.

Seeking Justice and Compensation For Your Loved Ones

The significant loss of life on Ohio’s roadways over the past five years is a tragedy. While OSHP emphasizes adherence to safe driving practices, negligent and reckless drivers must still be held accountable.

If you lost a loved one in one of these preventable fatal car accidents, a skilled car accident or wrongful death attorney can help. An attorney will conduct a full investigation into the collision, build a case demonstrating liable parties and damages owed, and fight for the maximum compensation you deserve. This can include coverage of medical bills, funeral expenses, lost wages and benefits, pain and suffering, and more.

At The Jones Firm, our experienced Ohio car accident attorneys have a proven track record of results. We offer free case evaluations to discuss the details of your loss. Contact us online today to learn more and get started pursuing fair restitution.

Author Bio

Geoff Jones is the CEO and Managing Partner of The Jones Firm, a personal injury law firm in Columbus, Ohio. With years of experience in personal injury law, he has zealously represented clients in a wide range of legal matters, including car accidents, medical malpractice, slip and falls, wrongful death, and other cases.

Geoff received his Juris Doctor from the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and is a member of the Columbus Bar Association. He has received numerous accolades for his work, including being selected to Super Lawyers Rising Stars for 2022-2023.

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