No one likes to encounter road construction when making their way across Ohio, and statistics show that it may serve you well to find a way around the construction whenever possible. The number of people dying in crashes in the state’s work zones has risen steadily in recent years, reaching an all-time high in 2019.
How deadly have Ohio’s work zones become, and what factors are contributing to the rising number of fatal work zone car wrecks?
Work zone crash statistics
Cleveland 19 reports that, in 2019, there were 6,574 crashes in Ohio’s work zones, which is the highest number of these crashes seen in any year in the state’s history. Of those 6,574 wrecks, 129 of them were serious in nature, and 16 deaths resulted. Those crashes also resulted in 1,121 injuries.
Work zone hazards
Many crashes that occur in Ohio work zones have similarities. The majority of crashes that occur in work zones involve one driver rear-ending another, and this is often a result of motorists following too closely behind one another. However, many such crashes also involve speed, alcohol abuse or driver distraction. Construction zones also create environmental hazards. Loose gravel or uneven pavement has the potential to contribute to wrecks. So, too, does diminished visibility caused by signs, vehicles or flaggers working in the road.
When you are unable to avoid an Ohio work zone, make sure to slow down and leave plenty of room between you and the car in front of you. You may also want to tap your brakes once or twice when coming to a stop to make sure those behind you are aware of your next move.