Despite the fact that fewer cars were on the roads during Ohio’s pandemic-related stay-at-home order, and despite the fact that fewer cars still are on the roads than prior to the pandemic because more Ohioans are working from home, the overall rate of speeding-related crashes has climbed, according to a study conducted by researchers at The Ohio State University.
According to that study, Ohio’s three largest cities—Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati—have seen continued rises in speeding collisions and injuries in comparison with accident rates from a year ago. As more motorists engage in dangerous driving that exceeds speed limits, and sometimes amounts to “extreme speeding,” more motorists, vehicle occupants, and pedestrians will suffer severe and deadly car accident injuries.
Speeding Has Become More Dangerous in Ohio
According to the study, the researchers found three different forms of evidence showing increased speeding, sometimes rising to the level of extreme speeding, in Ohio’s major urban areas. That evidence includes the following:
- Rise in the overall rate of “the spatial extent of speeding based on mapping and analysis”;
- Rise in “average level of speeding based on statistical analysis”; and
- Significant rise in the rate of “extreme speeding.”
According to Harvey Miller, the author of the study and the director of the Center for Urban and Regional Analysis at OSU, rather than seeing more people speeding in excess of 5 miles per hour beyond the posted speed limit, researchers found that drivers are now more likely to “go 20 or 25 over or even faster.”
Timeline for Filing a Lawsuit After a Collision Caused by Speeding
If you were injured in a car accident caused by a driver who was speeding, you should be sure to get in touch with a car accident lawyer as soon as possible to ensure that your claim is filed on time. Under Ohio law, most car accident lawsuits need to be filed within two years from the date of the collision, or else you will end up with a time-barred claim.
If a driver responsible for an “extreme speeding” accident caused your injuries, it is critical to hold that driver accountable while seeking the compensation you need. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), speeding is a factor in about 26% of all deadly motor vehicle collisions each year, and speeding kills an average of 25 people per day.
Contact Me to Learn More About Car Accident Claims in Ohio
Motorists on the road in Cleveland, Columbus, and across the state of Ohio owe a duty of care to other drivers on the road. Anytime a driver speeds, that driver is putting other motorists and vehicle occupants at serious risk of injury. Speeding is not taken lightly in Ohio, and if a driver who was violating Ohio’s speed limit caused a serious crash in which you or someone you love got hurt, I want to help you seek the financial compensation you deserve.
Whether the collision occurred during or after the COVID-19 stay-at-home order in Ohio, we can begin working on your claim. When it comes to holding careless and reckless drivers accountable for their actions, I want you to know: I’ll Make Them Pay!® Contact my firm today at 877.944.4373 to discuss your options for seeking financial compensation.