What are the most dangerous counties for driving in Ohio?

On Behalf of | Jan 13, 2023 | Car Accidents

You can’t always control how safe you are on the road, because some of that just comes down to the other drivers who are around you. If you’re near someone who is texting while driving or driving under the influence, then your odds of being injured in an accident are simply higher.

One thing that you can do to reduce these risks, however, is to determine where the most dangerous areas are within the state. When you plan your trips, you simply want to avoid roads that see high numbers of serious accidents. So which counties in Ohio are the most dangerous and what does that mean for those living in and around Cincinnati?

Hamilton County is number three

First and foremost, Hamilton county comes in at number three on the list of the most deadly counties in Ohio. Reports indicate that there were 155 fatalities between 2017 and 2019. These happened in a total of 148 fatal accidents. In line with general trends and national averages, about a third of these accidents – 56 in total – were related to drunk driving. Nine of them were related to distracted driving, although this can be harder to prove and so it is generally assumed that distracted driving totals are going to be lower than the reality.

The top 10

Of course, Hamilton County probably is not the only place that you’re going to drive, so let’s look at the top 10 and the number of fatalities in the years that were studied:

1. Franklin: 287

2. Cuyahoga: 244

3. Hamilton: 155

4. Montgomery: 148

5. Lucas: 119

6. Summit: 114

7. Stark: 102

8. Butler: 82

9. Licking: 79

10. Lorain: 74

Another thing to note is that the most dangerous road in both Hamilton County and Montgomery county is I-75. Technically speaking, interstates tend to have lower accident totals because there are so many control systems in place to keep these accidents from happening. However, because the speed limits are much higher on the interstate, the accidents that still do take place are much more likely to be fatal. You can see that reflected in the stats not just for Hamilton County, but for the rest of the state.

If you have suffered serious injuries or lost a loved one in a car accident, be sure you know what legal steps to take.


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