Ohio Implements Program To Improve Safety On Rural Roads

by NPHM | February 3rd, 2012

February 3, 2012

While most tend to believe that the worst traffic accidents happen on the interstate, statistics show that most fatal motor vehicle accidents actually occur on rural roads. Currently, two-thirds of the nation’s fatal accidents happening on rural roads. This is why, according to reports from News Channel 5, the state of Ohio has implemented the High Risk Rural Roads Program.

The campaign, which was created by the 2005 Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), gives federal funding to safety improvement initiatives along secondary roads deemed to be at high-risk of serious accidents.

So what determines if a road is high-risk? Researchers considered a road high-risk if the crash rate for fatalities and incapacitating injuries on that road exceeds the statewide average.

One local road that could see improvement from the program is CR191 through Bellevue. The road was put on the list of high-risk roads after 44 accidents were reported along the stretch last year.

The Ohio car accident lawyers with Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy are excited to see funding going towards projects to improve Ohio’s highways system in order to make it safer for all of those who use it. If you are suffering injuries from a car accident that occurred on a rural road, contact an experienced lawyer today for a free initial consultation.