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Common Causes of Accidents in Ohio for 2021

common causes of accidents in Ohio for 2021

As of December 2021, there have been over 54,000 car accidents with nearly 1,300 fatalities in Ohio. Let’s take a look at the common causes that contributed to car accidents over the past year.

Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is anything that takes the driver’s focus away while they are operating a vehicle, such as:

  • Visual
    • Anything that averts your eyes away from the road.
  • Manual
    • Taking your hand off the steering wheel to complete a task like eating, drinking, or using electronics.
  • Cognitive
    • Zoning out while driving. Typically, it can be recognized if you don’t remember driving the last few miles or how you reached a destination.
  • Auditory
    • Shifting your focus from driving to pay attention to music, what a passenger is saying, etc.

Ohio Distracted Driving Statistics



Speeding is considered a form of reckless driving and causes many car accidents each year.

Speeding Statistics

  • Ohio has the highest percentage of drivers with a speeding ticket at 12% in 2021.
    • Ohio holds a 35% lead over the national average of speeding tickets.
  • In Northeast Ohio, the average speeding ticket ranges between $100-$200.


Drunk Driving

Under Ohio law, no person shall be under the influence while operating a motor vehicle. This law was implemented due to the lack of decision-making while alcohol is in the system, causing accidents.

Drunk Driving Statistics

  • In Ohio, there have been almost 10,000 alcohol-related crashes since the start of 2021.
  • 28.2% of all accidents involving fatalities were due to alcohol-impaired drivers.
  • In the United States, drinking and driving kills about one person every 52 minutes.
  • Over 40% of people in the United States have admitted they driven a vehicle after drinking.


Reckless Driving

Reckless driving is defined as disregarding the safety of others or oneself while operating a motor vehicle. In the United States, traffic deaths for the first half of 2021 were 18.4% higher than last year due to an increase in aggressive driving. The most common types of reckless driving to watch for include:

  • Tailgating
  • Weaving
  • Ignoring Traffic Symbols
  • Racing
  • Road Rage


Other Causes of Accidents


What Elk + Elk Can Do

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