OHIO FATAL ACCIDENT STUDY:

Where Are Ohio’s Deadliest Roads, and What Factors Contribute Most to the State's Fatal Accidents?

Using the most recent data available, MoneyGeek studied 3,129 fatal accidents in Ohio to determine which roads were deadliest to drivers. We examined factors contributing to these crashes, such as drunk driving, speeding, distracted driving, time of year and weather.

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Map of Ohio that highlights the sites of deadly accidents in the state.

Over three years, 3,129 crashes in Ohio resulted in fatalities. From 2017–2019, MoneyGeek found several factors involved in these accidents, including drunk driving, speeding and distracted driving. The study — which features the most recent data available — examined accidents on 1,863 roads out of the 262,492 miles of road in the state and breaks down information county-by-county.

Key Findings:

10 Deadliest Road Stretches in Ohio

I-71 Between Exit 110B and Exit 116

Columbus
I-71 Between Exit 110B and Exit 116

Fatal Accidents: 10

Fatalities: 15

Fatal Accidents Per Mile: 2

I-75 Between Allen Rd. and Exit 14

Evendale | Sharonville | West Chester
I-75 Between Allen Rd. and Exit 14

Fatal Accidents: 9

Fatalities: 10

Fatal Accidents Per Mile: 2

I-480 Between Broadview Rd. and Exit 20A

Brooklyn Heights | Independence | Cleveland
I-480 Between Broadview Rd. and Exit 20A

Fatal Accidents: 9

Fatalities: 10

Fatal Accidents Per Mile: 2.6

Cr-75 Cleveland Ave. Between Huy Rd. and Maplewood Dr.

Columbus
Cr-75 Cleveland Ave. Between Huy Rd. and Maplewood Dr.

Fatal Accidents: 8

Fatalities: 8

Fatal Accidents Per Mile: 2.9

Morse Rd. from Indianola Ave. to Sunbury Rd.

Columbus
Morse Rd. from Indianola Ave. to Sunbury Rd.

Fatal Accidents: 6

Fatalities: 8

Fatal Accidents Per Mile: 1.4

I-90 from Exit 179 to Exit 182B

Euclid | Cleveland | Bratenahl
I-90 from Exit 179 to Exit 182B

Fatal Accidents: 6

Fatalities: 7

Fatal Accidents Per Mile: 1.5

Cr-9 St. Clair Ave. from E.72nd St. to 172nd St.

Cleveland
Cr-9 St. Clair Ave. from E.72nd St. to 172nd St.

Fatal Accidents: 6

Fatalities: 7

Fatal Accidents Per Mile: 1.3

I-70 from Exit 103 to Exit 43A

Columbus
I-70 from Exit 103 to Exit 43A

Fatal Accidents: 6

Fatalities: 6

Fatal Accidents Per Mile: 1.22

I-75 from E. Central Ave to Exit 50B

West Carrollton | Moraine
I-75 from E. Central Ave to Exit 50B

Fatal Accidents: 5

Fatalities: 7

Fatal Accidents Per Mile: 1.6

I-90 from Exit 165 to Exit 170C

Cleveland
I-90 from Exit 165 to Exit 170C

Fatal Accidents: 5

Fatalities: 7

Fatal Accidents Per Mile: 1.1

Drunk Driving Involved in 31% of Fatal Accidents

Out of 3,129 fatal accidents in Ohio between 2017 and 2019, 31% were drunk driving-related. In most states, drunk driving contributes more to fatal car crashes than other factors like distracted driving, speeding and winter conditions. MoneyGeek’s study shows Ohio follows a similar pattern.

Blood alcohol concentration (BAC) measures the percent of alcohol in a person’s bloodstream at a given time. In Ohio, a BAC of 0.8% makes you legally intoxicated, but consuming even a small amount of alcohol can impair your driving abilities.

Drunk driving also causes other repercussions outside of a fatality. The legal costs of drunk driving in Ohio are long-term and extensive, ranging from a license suspension to possible jail time.

If your license is suspended after a DUI conviction, you’ll need to file for SR-22 insurance in Ohio to have it reinstated. This status signals to car insurance providers that you’re a high-risk driver, leading to increased insurance rates. There may be some options available for relatively affordable insurance after a DUI, but these are almost certain to be more expensive than pre-DUI coverage.

Speeding Is a Factor in 25% of Fatal Crashes

Speeding was involved in 796 — or 25% — of all fatal crashes in Ohio from 2017 to 2019. It’s no wonder — speeding presents numerous dangers, including losing control of your vehicle and difficulty making sudden stops, increasing the chances of severe injuries or fatalities.

Because speeding continues to be a concern in the state, the Ohio State Highway Patrol is stepping up ticketing, issuing approximately more than 57,000 speeding tickets in March and April 2021.

Distracted Driving Contributed to 6% of Fatal Accidents

From 2017–2019, 199 fatal accidents involved distracted driving — that’s 6% of all fatal crashes in the state. While this is still a significant number of deadly accidents, MoneyGeek ranked Ohio 37th in the nation for distracted driving, meaning it had lower rates of distracted driving accidents than 74% of states.

That said, distracted driving continues to be a primary concern for the Ohio Highway Patrol, which issued 1,266 violations in January and February 2021. In June 2021, Governor Mike DeWine and the OSHP released a Distracted Driving Dashboard to curb related violations and accidents.

September Had More Fatal Accidents Than Any Other Month

MoneyGeek found that most fatal accidents — 331 or 10.4% — from 2017 to 2019 occurred in September. These high numbers could be caused by increased numbers of cars on the road because of Labor Day weekend travel and mild weather conditions. August has the second-highest fatal crashes at 319, or 10.1% of all deadly accidents. June came in third with 309 (9.6%).

Average Fatal Accidents by Month: 2017–2019
Month
Fatal Accidents
Drunk Driving Related
Distracted Driving Related
Winter Conditions
Speeding Related
% of Total

January

219

61

20

31

51

6.7%

February

180

65

16

12

37

5.8%

March

236

72

15

18

64

7.8%

April

204

64

19

3

61

6.4%

May

254

87

9

0

66

8.3%

June

309

89

18

0

84

9.6%

July

298

99

21

0

63

9.4%

August

319

101

23

0

77

10.1%

September

331

107

18

0

91

10.4%

October

291

87

11

0

80

9.3%

November

255

73

13

16

70

8.4%

December

233

76

16

12

52

7.7%

Driving Safely Protects You, Others and Your Wallet

You can help keep Ohio’s roads safe by being a responsible driver. Safe driving practices don’t just allow you to contribute to society — they also can potentially save you hundreds of dollars per year in car insurance.

Regardless of your driving behaviors, car insurance is an essential part of protecting yourself financially in the event of an accident. If you cause an accident in Ohio, state insurance laws require you to cover the other driver’s bodily injury and property damage expenses. Carrying full coverage auto insurance protects you from those costs and provides coverage for damages to your own vehicle, person and passengers.

In Ohio, the average rate of a full coverage policy is $803 per year. However, your premiums can vary depending on where you live in the state. For example, drivers in Toledo pay $837 on average every year for car insurance. In comparison, a driver living in Akron pays $113 less. In Columbus — the most densely populated city in Ohio with 913,921 people — auto insurance averages $793 yearly.

These premiums may change depending on other factors such as your age, driving experience and driving record. Comparing quotes from various carriers can help you find the most affordable car insurance companies for you.

Fatal Accidents and Most Dangerous Roads: County Breakdown

Fatal crashes from Ohio’s top five counties accounted for 28.4% of all accidents resulting in fatalities — that’s 889 incidents. At 287, Franklin County contributes the most deadly crashes, with most of these happening on I-270. MoneyGeek’s analysis found that most fatal crashes in the county involved drunk driving and speeding — each contributing 82 and 54 accidents, respectively.

Fatal Accidents and Contributing Factors By County: 2017–2019
County
Fatalities
Fatal Accidents
Drunk Driving Related
Distracted Driving Related
Speeding Related
Most Deadly Road (Fatal Accidents)

Franklin

287

270

82

14

54

I-270 (17)

Cuyahoga

244

229

94

12

85

I-90 (14)

Hamilton

155

148

56

9

42

I-75 (9)

Montgomery

148

133

52

11

28

I-75 (10)

Lucas

119

109

34

9

16

US-20 (4)

Summit

114

103

34

7

29

SR-8 (7)

Stark

102

94

33

4

18

US-62 (7)

Butler

82

79

23

7

12

I-75 (5)

Licking

79

74

21

4

22

US-62 Johnstown Utica Rd (5)

Lorain

74

69

26

2

18

SR-58 (4)

Mahoning

63

54

20

4

12

I-76 (4)

Warren

54

51

15

6

10

SR-48 (4)

Ashtabula

54

49

13

4

16

US-322 (3)

Clermont

48

45

12

3

10

SR-125 (5)

Trumbull

43

42

14

4

6

I-80 (5)

Wood

47

41

11

2

10

I-75 (6)

Tuscarawas

42

39

15

2

21

I-77 (6)

Ross

41

39

3

1

8

US-23 (7)

Greene

50

39

11

1

11

I-675 (5)

Clark

42

39

11

4

6

I-70 (4)

Delaware

41

38

13

1

4

US-23 (8)

Fairfield

45

38

13

2

5

US-22 (5)

Wayne

42

38

9

4

9

SR-3 (3)

Miami

39

37

8

2

3

I-75 (4)

Medina

35

34

10

2

8

US-224 (3)

Marion

33

32

12

1

5

SR-95 (3)

Muskingum

35

31

5

1

16

I-70 (5)

Pickaway

35

31

11

4

9

US-23 (5)

Preble

36

31

6

5

9

US-127 (5)

Richland

32

31

7

3

8

US-30 (3)

Sandusky

34

30

10

0

5

US-20 (5)

Portage

30

30

9

1

5

SR-14 (4)

Logan

33

30

9

1

9

US-33 (3)

Shelby

30

29

10

4

6

I-75 (6)

Lake

29

28

17

0

8

US-20 (3)

Allen

32

27

10

3

3

US-30 (3)

Scioto

29

27

3

0

5

SR-104 (4)

Geauga

30

26

6

1

5

SR-528 Madison Rd (5)

Hancock

31

25

3

1

11

I-75 (2)

Huron

26

25

7

5

4

US-20 (4)

Knox

26

25

13

2

12

SR-3 (3)

Clinton

28

25

5

2

5

SR-73 (5)

Belmont

30

24

8

0

7

I-70 (5)

Washington

27

24

10

0

12

SR-60 (4)

Erie

26

24

8

1

7

SR-2 (5)

Madison

24

23

4

3

7

Cr-7 Plain City Georgesville (3)

Henry

26

22

5

1

2

US-6 (5)

Seneca

22

21

8

1

4

US-224 (2)

Morrow

22

21

7

3

7

I-71 (3)

Pike

21

20

2

1

11

SR-32 (5)

Jackson

23

20

4

0

5

US-35 (7)

Fulton

23

20

6

1

2

US-20 (6)

Ashland

23

19

9

4

9

SR-603 (2)

Brown

20

19

3

1

6

US-68 (5)

Guernsey

19

19

7

0

10

I-70 (4)

Darke

19

19

8

0

2

SR-571 (3)

Fayette

20

19

6

0

5

SR-753 (4)

Mercer

19

18

6

0

4

US-127 (4)

Athens

21

18

2

0

5

US-33 (4)

Champaign

20

17

3

3

5

US-68 (3)

Columbiana

17

17

8

1

2

SR-7 (3)

Auglaize

16

16

1

1

1

US-33 (5)

Ottawa

20

16

7

2

6

SR-269 (1)

Defiance

16

16

5

0

2

US-24 (3)

Gallia

16

16

7

1

8

US-35 (2)

Meigs

18

15

4

2

6

SR-7 (4)

Hocking

15

15

3

2

3

US-33 (2)

Hardin

16

15

4

2

4

SR-292 (3)

Coshocton

15

15

7

1

6

US-36 (2)

Williams

17

14

3

0

3

US-6 (3)

Adams

14

14

7

0

3

SR-136 (3)

Lawrence

14

14

2

0

8

SR-7 (2)

Union

14

13

1

1

2

US-33 (4)

Harrison

15

13

3

2

4

US-250 Cadiz Dennison Rd (3)

Highland

13

13

4

0

6

US-50 (2)

Van Wert

16

12

3

3

1

US-30 (4)

Crawford

13

12

4

1

3

SR-19 (2)

Holmes

15

12

0

0

2

SR-39 (6)

Wyandot

13

12

2

1

2

US-30 (2)

Jefferson

13

12

4

1

5

US-22 (4)

Perry

12

11

2

0

5

SR-204 (3)

Monroe

10

10

4

0

6

SR-78 (3)

Morgan

10

10

4

2

4

SR-377 (1)

Carroll

10

10

2

1

1

SR-9 Kensington Rd (3)

Vinton

7

7

1

0

2

SR-56 (2)

Noble

9

7

2

1

0

SR-78 (2)

Putnam

6

6

1

0

2

SR-189 (2)

Paulding

6

5

4

0

1

SR-49 (2)

Methodology

MoneyGeek analyzed data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration FARS (fatal accident reporting system) database using fatality data from 2017, 2018 and 2019. Currently, 2019 is the latest data available in the system.

About the Author


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Doug Milnes is the head of marketing and communications at MoneyGeek. He has spent more than a decade in corporate finance performing valuations for Duff and Phelps and financial planning and analysis for various companies including OpenTable. He holds a master’s degree in Predictive Analytics (Data Science) from Northwestern University and is a CFA charter holder. Doug geeks out on building financial and predictive models and using data to make informed decisions.


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