Franklin County, Ohio Ranks High on Fatal Automobile Crash List

February 12, 2013

Auto Accidents

Columbus Ohio car accidentDuring 2011, there were more fatal crashes in Franklin County, Ohio (78) than in any other county in Ohio.  Even though there were 4% fewer fatalities in the state overall, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Franklin County was part of a nine-county Central Ohio district which reported increases in its number of traffic fatalities.

In total, 1,015 people died on Ohio roads in 2011 as compared to 1,081 in 2010.  In 2011, 78 of those deaths were in Franklin County and, in 2010, 72 of the people killed died in Franklin County.  In 2010, the Ohio Department of Public Safety reported 8,770 injuries in traffic accidents in Franklin County.

In 2011, 410 people were killed in an OVI-related crash (Operating a Vehicle While Impaired) or 37.84% of all fatalities in the state that year.  Franklin County led five counties in the state with 33 OVI-related fatal traffic crashes.

Franklin County, Ohio was also fourth in all counties in the state in motorcycle-involved fatal crashes with eight in 2011.  A total of 170 people died in motorcycle accidents in Ohio in 2011.

In Franklin County, there were 79 fatalities in 2012, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.  This means there is one person killed approximately every 118.4 hours and one person injured every 41.4 minutes.

On a national basis, overall traffic deaths decreased by almost 2% in 2011, a 26% decline from 2005, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The City of Columbus, Ohio released its five most dangerous intersections (tallied in 2010).  Hundreds of vehicle crashes happen each day throughout the state at these and other locations named by the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission.  The ranking of the most dangerous intersections is determined by the severity of the crash and the overall activity on the road.

The intersection of Cleveland Avenue and Morse Road was named the city’s most dangerous spotCar crashes happen here more than at any other intersection in Columbus.  While traffic cameras have been installed to monitor the intersection, motorists agree they still need to look out more for each other.

The corner of Refugee and Noe Bixby Roads moved up to second spot after being in third place in previous tallies and Hamilton Road at Livingston Avenue was third after occupying second place in 2005-2007. The latter used to be the most dangerous in the city, but recent improvements have improved its safety.

Route 161 at Maple Canyon Drive was deemed the fourth most dangerous intersection on the Regional Planning Commission list and Hamilton and Refugee Roads rounded out the top five most dangerous intersections in Columbus, Ohio for 2011.

The report also lists the busiest intersection as Broad Street at Taylor Station Road near Mount Carmel East Hospital.

Traffic fatalities are slightly down in the state (-4%), drunken driving cases are markedly down and traffic cases in court have dropped nearly one-third, (down every year since 2006). There were 134,000 traffic cases filed in Franklin County Municipal Court in 2003 compared to more than 91,000 in 2011, but some observers are reluctant to credit improved performance by Ohio drivers as the reason for the decreases in activity.

Columbus police say there are fewer speeding tickets and fewer traffic citations because there are fewer officers.  They say staffing has never returned to 2009 budget crisis levels.  Those whose duties include traffic enforcement are responding to a rising number of calls for service.  This cuts down on the number of police who have their eyes on the drivers on the road.

Auto accident injury attorneys understand how a tragic accident can leave victims financially, physically and emotionally devastated.  At the Columbus, Ohio law firm of Slater & Zurz LLP, we aggressively advocate on behalf of our clients who have been seriously hurt in automobile accidents and/or financially damaged by the negligence of another.

If you or someone you know was the victim of an automobile crash, please call our office at 1-888-534-4850 for a free consultation and case review.  We are located at Executive Office Place, 2720 Airport Drive in Columbus. You may also contact us through our website at

According to the statute of limitations in Ohio, you have one year from the date of the accident to file your claim.  Do not delay if you believe someone else’s negligence or recklessness has impacted your life and altered the manner in which you are used to living.  You deserve compensation for whatever you may have suffered because of this unfortunate accident.

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