Ohio is the 7th most populist state in the country and home to 11.6 million people. There are almost 8 million licensed drivers in Ohio and Ohio’s interstate system is the 4th largest in the nation, covering over 8,000 miles. According to the Ohio Department of Transportation, that is enough interstate to travel from Los Angeles to Washington D.C. about 3 times. If you are involved in a traffic accident in Columbus, you are not alone. On average, close to 2,000 traffic accidents occur each month in Franklin County, with between 400 and 600 accidents each month resulting in injuries.
Interstate 270 in Columbus
The main highway in the Columbus metropolitan area is Interstate 270, sometimes referred to by locals as “The Outerbelt,” or the “Jack Nicklaus Freeway.” According to the Ohio Department of Transportation, I-270 has an annual average daily traffic of 118,860 vehicles, including over 14,000 trucks. Because of the stop and go congestion on this freeway and speed changes vehicles encounter when traffic is encountered, collisions, especially rear-end accidents, occur frequently. Interstate 270 is 54 miles long and encircles the perimeter of the city. Major junctions of Interstate 270 include:
- I-71 near Grove City
- I-70 near Hillard
- US 33 in Dublin
- SR 315 near Worthington
- I-71 near Westerville
- SR 161 near New Albany
- I-670 near Gahanna
- I-70 near Reynoldsburg
- US 23 near Grove City
The Innerbelt of Columbus is formed by I-670 to the north (annual average daily traffic 102,798), I-71 to the east (annual average daily traffic 68,437), I-70 to the south (annual average daily traffic 52,136), and Ohio State Route 315 to the west.
Dangerous Intersections in Columbus
About 40% of all accidents occur in intersections. Below are some of the most dangerous intersections in Columbus, as compiled by the Ohio Department of Public Safety and the Columbus Dispatch and the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission:
- S Hamilton Rd and E Livingston Ave
- Broad Street / SR 16 and James Road
- Route 161 and Maple Canyon Drive
- Georgesville Road and Sullivant Avenue
- Morse Road and Westerville Road
- Karl Road and Morse Road
- Hilliard Rome Road and Renner Road
- Cleveland Avenue and Morse Road
- Gender Road and Refugee Road
- Lyra Drive and Polaris Parkway
- Bethel Road and Olentangy River Road
- Hilliard Rome Road and Roberts Road
- Hard Road and Sawmill Road
Distracted Driving Accidents in Ohio
Like many other states, distracted driving accidents are on the rise in Ohio. For Ohio, the uptick has been so substantial that the Ohio Department of Transportation has created a task force to create awareness about the real dangers of distracted driving. Across the state, the number of crashes attributed to distracted driving increased from 12,308 in 2009 to 21,425 in 2017. That is a 74 percent jump in the number of accidents. Distracted driving fatalities are especially tragic occurrences because they are so easily preventable.
What to Expect After a Columbus Car Accident
The attorneys at GBM law know the Columbus area well, and are familiar with the dangerous stretches of roads and intersections where serious injury collisions occur. Having represented Ohioans for more than 30 years, we have handled many car accident, motorcycle accident, trucking accident, bicycle accident and pedestrian accident cases, recovering more than $200 million in verdicts and settlements. If you have been injured in a crash, contact our Columbus personal injury lawyers for a free consultation and review of your potential case.
For more information feel free to call us at (614) 222-4444 or fill out a case evaluation form.