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Poor Road Conditions Ahead? Follow These Tips for Safe Travel as the Seasons Change

Increased holiday travel, icy roads, and alcohol consumption lead to more car accidents. What steps can Ohio drivers take to protect themselves while on the road this holiday season? What should they do if they’ve been injured in an accident?

Car Accidents Increase in Ohio During the Holidays and Winter

The holiday season and Ohio’s harsh winter weather lead to poor driving conditions. The following statistics show how icy roads, increased alcohol consumption, and more people out driving all set the stage for a spike in car accidents in Ohio:[1]

  • Ohio has one of the nation's highest winter weather driving fatality rates, with an average of 28.3 roadside fatalities for every 100 below-freezing days.
  • From December through March, there are five times more car accidents involving injury or death than during the summer.
  • From 2013 to 2017, the Ohio roadways that proved the most dangerous during winter were 1-71, 1-70, 1-80, CR-67, and 1-76.
  • During that same period, the five deadliest cities for winter driving were Columbus, Akron, Youngstown, Austintown, and Cambridge.
  • From 2013 to 2017, there were more than 170 winter traffic fatalities in Ohio.

There are already serious problems on Ohio’s roads, like:

  • Driver fatigue
  • Drunk driving
  • Distracted driving
  • Texting while driving
  • Failing to obey road signals or signs

Poor road conditions due to inclement winter weather only exacerbate the above conditions and make driving even more dangerous.

Tips for Safe Travel

Winter road conditions in Ohio require drivers to drive slower, be more mindful of their surroundings, and always be prepared. The following are some safe-driving practices Ohioans should implement:

  • Accelerate and decelerate slowly, and always allow for extra space to stop.
  • Refrain from using cruise control in wintery conditions, as it may slow reaction time.
  • Try to avoid driving during high-risk times, e.g., when many intoxicated drivers are on the road.
  • When driving through snow, take extra care when driving up or down hills or through curves in the road.
  • Increase follow speed distance to 8-10 seconds, and always drive with headlights on when conditions are poor.

What to Do When Injured in an Automobile Accident

Any automobile accident is tragic, but those which entail physical injury or death are devastating. When an accident occurs, victims should do the following:

  • Call 911 and assess the severity of the injury.
  • Receive emergency medical help from EMTs and ER staff.
  • Once the emergency is over, inform family members and friends of what occurred.
  • Contact an Ohio personal injury attorney. Victims of automobile accidents have rights, and injured individuals may be eligible for compensation, especially if the accident was caused by another party’s negligence, recklessness, or wrongful acts.

NRS Injury Law is the largest workers’ compensation firm in Ohio, with offices in Cleveland, Columbus, and Dayton. Our expert attorneys leverage over 150 years of legal experience, providing client advocacy and a winning approach to injury law cases. If you or a family member has been injured in an auto accident, call NRS at 855.468.4878 or fill out our contact form.


[1] ValuePenguin. “The Deadliest States For Winter Driving.” Value Penguin, 2019.

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