Dangerous Car Accidents: Why Ohio is one of the Deadliest States for Winter Driving
While Mother Nature may be at bay for the time being, there is no doubt that we have seen some deadly Winter weather here in Ohio this year and in year’s past. From headline news to tragic social media vigils, Northeast Ohio has no shortage of scary tales to tell. A combination of elevation and snow belt lake effect can often lead to a deadly one-two punch.
As a lifetime Cleveland resident, I have witnessed some wicked weather and serious accidents! This means our roadways and our safety are at stake. With car accidents killing more individuals in the US each year than any other weather hazard, it’s time to start looking at the facts.
Deadly Winter Weather in Numbers
- In the last 5 years, roughly 4,000 individuals in the US have died as a result of Winter weather related accidents
- For the 4 – year period from 2011-15, nearly 800 deaths were caused as a result of snow, ice or sleet on the roadways
- Ohio alone has seen more than 420 Winter fatalities since 2012
- The average number of Winter weather related deaths in Ohio is 86 per year
With these staggering numbers, it is hard to deny the seriousness and risk involved with driving in Winter!
Protecting Yourself and Your Loved Ones on the Roads
Driving defensively and staying focused are the two best ways to keep yourself safe in any weather condition. Unfortunately, Winter weather is just one dangerous element! Distracted driving, folks who think they have more control on the road than they do, speed, texting and just plain dangerous conditions can all lead to deadly accidents.
Whenever possible, avoid driving during dangerous storms and allow ample time for street crews to clear the roads. Many employers will extend forgiveness and work from home days, or at the very least a delayed start to the work day!
The statistics also show that historically, Friday and Saturday are the two deadliest days in Winter related accidents – This means if you are on the road for leisure, it could be be a deadly gamble.
If you or someone you love was involved in a Winter weather accident, call my offices immediately. Insurance companies can be quick to blame the elements when other factors need to be taken into consideration. As your Ohio car accident attorney, I’ll be there for you, and I’ll Make Them Pay!®
Author: Tim Misny | For over four decades, personal injury lawyer Tim Misny has represented the injured victim in in birth injury, medical malpractice, and catastrophic injury/wrongful death cases, serving Cleveland, Akron/Canton, Columbus, Dayton and neighboring communities. You can reach Tim by email at misnylaw.com/ask-tim-a-question/ or call at 877.944.4373.