According to statistics released this week by the Ohio State Patrol, fatal traffic crashes increased in the first half of 2010, bucking the trend of decreasing auto accident deaths. According to the statistics, 495 people died in auto accidents in Ohio in the first six months of 2010, compared to 436 people during the same time period of 2009. Authorities blame severe weather, such as snow and rain, for the increased fatalities.

The increase did not affect all counties equally, however. The county to see the most dramatic increase in auto accident fatalities was Clark County, with ten more fatal accidents in these six months than during the first half of 2009. In fact, there have already been more fatal accidents in Clark County in 2010 than in all of 2009–including several in Springfield, which saw only one in 2009. Montgomery and Butler counties tied for the second-highest increase in fatalities, with nine more fatal accidents each during the first half of the year.

The most dramatic decrease in fatal car accidents occurred in Franklin County, which saw its number of traffic fatalities decrease by 15 under last year, with dramatic reductions in Columbus and its suburbs reflecting the overall trend of more fatal car accidents occurring in rural rather than urban areas. The second most dramatic decrease in car accident fatalities was in Cuyahoga County with Cleveland and its suburbs following the same pattern as Columbus.

If you have lost a loved one in a fatal car accident, the personal injury lawyers of Robert W. Kerpsack, CO. LPA can help you seek compensation for your loss. For a free initial consultation, please call or email us today.