While Ohio is a major gateway between the East Coast and Midwestern states, heavy traffic isn’t strictly limited to the vast highway system. Drivers across the state find themselves running household errands, driving to work, driving to school or simply visiting friends. Unfortunately, Ohio drivers must not only face inclement weather and distracted drivers, but those who choose to ignore speed limits, stop signs and general intersection safety.
Bad drivers or bad road design?
Even if the weather is perfect and the intersection is operating under optimal conditions, drivers can still face danger. One junction in particular, the intersection of US-23 and Lewis Center Road, has simply seen traffic outgrow the initial design. The Ohio Department of Transportation estimates that, even though traffic is still down due to the pandemic, around 55,000 vehicles pass through this intersection each day. Unfortunately, many of the vehicles are speeding and quite a few run red lights – whether due to distraction or reckless driving.
The Highway Patrol reports that, since 2019, 23 crashes have occurred in the intersection or within 100 feet of the junction.
Statistically, the most dangerous intersection is in Columbus, only a short drive north for Cincinnati residents. The intersection of Cleveland Avenue and Morse Road reportedly had 71 crashes that resulted in 52 minor injuries. Additionally, there were two fatal crashes reported at the intersection.
Vehicle collisions can be deadly
Whether on city streets, county roads or fast-moving highways, Ohio drivers must be wary of risk factors. From distracted drivers to impaired drivers, roads can become dangerous no matter the scope of the trip. Depending on numerous factors, a motor vehicle collision can result in brain trauma, spinal cord damage, paralysis and amputation. Some scenarios can lead to vehicle occupant fatalities.