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Ohio Turnpike dangers spurs new state trooper safety strategies

Mar 2, 2023 |

There are certain roads in Ohio that are known to be dangerous with a substantial number of the state’s auto accidents with injuries and fatalities. To try and improve safety, lawmakers and law enforcement set about formulating new tactics.

Recently, announcements were made regarding one of the more problematic roads in the state: the Ohio Turnpike. People who are frequent users of this road and those who use it occasionally will undoubtedly be aware of the potential dangers. Knowing what strategies are being implemented is important. Even with new strategies, accidents remain likely and people should be fully aware of their rights.

Safety initiatives strive to reduce Ohio Turnpike crashes

The accident statistics for the Ohio Turnpike from 2018 to 2022 showed there were more than 11,000 accidents with more than 2,150 in which a person was injured and 48 where someone died. Of those accidents, 349 happened because a driver was distracted; almost 4,000 were because of drivers exceeding the speed limit.

The 2023 Cleveland Auto Show was the venue at which the Ohio Turnpike Infrastructure Commission and the Ohio State Highway Patrol announced its plans to try and improve safety on the turnpike. The turnpike covers a significant portion of Ohio making it a road that many will use. Dangers impact people across the state. With that, better safety is essential.

The objective is to show drivers how vital it is to adhere to the traffic laws. This will include trying to get drivers to follow the speed limit with aerial enforcement; having enforcement zones specifically dedicated to stopping distracted driving; and more patrols for work zones.

Driver behavior is a primary factor in auto accidents. When this happens on a turnpike, the speed at which vehicles are moving can greatly raise the chance of catastrophic injuries and death.

Even with safety measures, auto accidents remain a constant concern

Even if law enforcement and other state entities show many drivers how important it is to maintain a safe speed, put their handheld devices out of reach and realize how much damage can be done in an auto accident, they are still bound to happen. People can be hurt and lose their lives because of it.

Medical challenges, financial woes, long-term damage and more come about from auto accidents if people are fortunate enough to survive. When there is a fatality, it is even worse. Having advice is essential to know what can be done to recover sufficient compensation. Calling qualified legal professionals may help.