Summer Means More Chances For Crashes
For teen drivers, summer is especially deadly on roadways in Ohio. In recent years, the number of individuals killed on roadways in Ohio has lowered, however summer is still the most deadly season for all motorists. 477 motorists were involved in fatal wrecks during summer last year, representing 32% of all driver deaths that occurred during the year. 35 driver deaths involving teens occurred between Memorial Day and Labor Day of last year, representing nearly 35% of all fatal crashes for the year, according to data from the Ohio Highway Patrol. One of the fatal wrecks happened in Warren County, and drivers ages 13-19 were involved in 302 wrecks from Memorial Day to Labor Day in 2013. Teen crashes represented 15% of all motorists involved in wrecks during those months, and 12% of drivers in collisions leading to injuries. When analyzing wrecks that happened in other counties among drivers ages 13-19 from Memorial Day to Labor Day, 9% all motorists involved in wrecks among teens occurred in Hamilton County, while 12% of all wrecks involving teens were in Clermont County.
More pedestrians, motorcyclists, individuals on vacation, and an increase in teen drivers contribute to an upsurge in car crashes during the summer. Ohio Highway Patrol said the combination of these factors lead to more wrecks, and crashes were most common during May, October, and December of last year. Although, the deadliest month in Ohio last year was September, with 119 of 990 crash-related deaths, followed by August with 101 and October with 99 fatalities. 7 of the ten deadliest days for teen drivers happened during the summer, according to experts with AAA. Proposed legislation introduced last June would ban newly licensed 16-17 year-old’s from driving from 10 at night to 5 in the morning unless a parent is in the car with them. The bill would also ban teens from driving with more than one passenger, unless passengers are parents or guardians. The passenger would also be required to be at least 21 years-old. 308 people have died in crashes on roadways in Ohio as of yet this year, a decrease from 351 during the same time period last year. Drivers from Ohio are urged to reduce the number of crashes through wearing seat belts, designating a driver, and turning off their cellphones to avoid distractions. Parents are also urged to restrict driving when necessary and limit the number of passengers teens have in their car, along with limit night driving, according to news reports. Visit our car accident page for more info.