Drivers and other road users don’t always take the risks of embarking on Ohio roads into account. Crashes that cause serious injury or death often come without warning and allow little time to react.
It’s not to say that road users should fear for their lives every time they travel, but the statistics should serve as a friendly reminder to all. The message is clear – watch your speed, drive sober, and pay attention.
THIRD-DEADLIEST YEAR OF THE DECADE
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 36,750 people were killed in road crashes across the United States in 2018, reports USA Today. While this number is a 1 percent reduction from 2017 (37,133 deaths), it still marks the third-deadliest year of this decade – which is 12.2 percent higher than the all-time low of 32,744 in 2014.
With the advent of advanced safety technology, which comes standard in most new vehicles, why does the death toll still remain so high?
According to analysts, driver error still remains the leading factor in fatal crashes. Historically, this includes drunk driving and speeding. But distracted driving has become a growing danger as more Americans conveniently possess a myriad of technological functions in the palm of their hands.
Pedestrians are now the most vulnerable road users, according to statistics released by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). In 2018, 6,227 pedestrians were killed on US roads – a 4 percent increase from 2017. An upsurge of sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and an infrastructure unfavorable to pedestrians is believed to be the culprit.
What can be done to mitigate fatal crashes?
We can expect that emerging safety technology and improvements to infrastructure can help prevent fatal crashes in Ohio. However, crashes are only preventable when drivers act responsibly and uphold their duty of care.
Sadly, many don’t – despite being aware of the risks. Other road users suffer as a result.
Should you or a loved one be injured in a crash because of someone else’s recklessness, here’s what you need to know when pursuing a claim against the other driver and his or her insurance company.
It’s absolutely critical that you always seek medical attention. Even if your injuries seem minor enough to walk off, you would be surprised by the complications that can arise from not being treated. Many crash victims suffer from whiplash, minor head trauma, and other injuries that produce symptoms days later.
You should always report your crash to your insurance company, but keep your comments to a minimum. Always refrain from speaking to the other driver’s insurance company, even if they ask you questions or offer you a settlement.