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What is the Most Dangerous Highway in Ohio?

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Serious and fatal car accidents are common on Interstate 71.

Highways are designed for high-speed travel and allow vehicles to cover long distances in a relatively short amount of time. But numerous factors can make highways dangerous, leading to car accidents that leave people seriously hurt. has posted a list of the most dangerous highways in every state based on federal traffic statistics. In Ohio, the most dangerous highway is I-71, with an average of 19 fatalities every year.

Interstate 71 (I-71) is a major north-south highway that stretches across the state of Ohio, extending approximately 248 miles from the Kentucky border in the south to the border with Michigan in the north. It connects several key cities, including Cincinnati, Columbus, and Cleveland, and is traveled by tens of thousands of vehicles every day.

According to statistics from the Ohio State Highway Patrol, there were 4,472 crashes on I-71 in 2023.

What makes highways dangerous?

There are numerous factors that make highways dangerous and increase the risk of an accident. These include:

  • Outdated infrastructure: Examples include faded lane markings, which can confuse drivers and lead to lane drift or improper merging. Poorly maintained roads with potholes or cracks increase the risk of accidents, especially at high speeds. Outdated signage or missing road signs can also create confusion.
  • Heavy congestion: Increased traffic density reduces the space between vehicles, leading to a higher risk of rear-end collisions or sideswipes. Congestion also leads to frustration and impatience among drivers, contributing to aggressive driving behavior and road rage incidents.
  • Weather conditions: Heavy rain or fog reduces visibility, making it challenging for drivers to see other vehicles, road signs, or hazards ahead. Ice or snow accumulation on road surfaces decreases traction, increasing the risk of skidding or losing control.
  • Dangerous conditions: Many stretches of I-71 have only two lanes in each direction despite high traffic volume. This lack of space restricts maneuverability and increases the risk of head-on collisions and multi-vehicle pileups.
  • Construction zones: Ongoing construction and maintenance projects can create narrow lanes, uneven surfaces, and unexpected traffic patterns, leading to confusion and potentially causing accidents.
  • Driver behavior: Common behaviors such as speeding, distracted driving, aggressive maneuvers like tailgating or sudden lane changes, and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs significantly increase the risk of a collision.

Highway accidents can leave victims with serious injuries

Every year, there are rear-end crashes, sideswipe collisions, rollover accidents, and other types of crashes on highways in Ohio. Victims can suffer traumatic brain injury (TBI), spinal cord injuries, broken bones, and other types of severe injuries. Their lives can change in seconds, and many need extensive medical treatment.

When a negligent driver causes an accident, victims deserve financial compensation. However, the legal process in Ohio can be complicated. Negligent drivers often deny doing anything wrong. Insurance companies try to shift blame or question the seriousness of injuries. They may make a lowball settlement offer that falls far short of covering the damages suffered.

Our car accident lawyers are in it to win it

That's why you need an experienced car accident attorney on your side if you've been injured in a highway accident in Columbus or anywhere in Central Ohio. At Mani Ellis & Layne PLLC, our lawyers build strong legal cases that insurance companies have to take seriously.

We've recovered over $200 million for our clients and know what it takes to maximize the value of a claim. Learn more about how we can help you fight for the maximum compensation you deserve. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.

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