Interstate 71 plays a key role in getting residents and travelers alike through Cincinnati. This stretch of interstate, however, is also one of the most dangerous roads in the state.
I-71 joins I-75 just south of Cincinnati, taking commuters through the suburbs of Florence in Ohio and Erlanger, Fort Mitchell, and Covington in Kentucky. The interstates cross the Ohio River via the double decker Brent Spence Bridge, winding along the riverfront and through downtown Cincinnati. Once out of the city, I-71 heads north through the suburbs of Norwood, Kenwood, and Blue Ash.
Every day, tens of thousands of motorists travel this stretch of road. While most make the journey safely, many others are involved in serious car accidents. About 90 people died each day in motor vehicle crashes in 2014, and 6,400 people were injured.
What are common causes of accidents on I-71?
There is no single cause that makes this area more dangerous than other similar stretches of highway across the state. Instead, a number of risks add up to increase your chances of an accident in this area.
The most common causes of interstate accidents in Ohio include:
- Following too closely
- Losing control
- Failing to yield right of way, such as when merging
- Improper lane changes
It is also important to note that driving while distracted or under the influence of alcohol play a contributing role to many of these crashes. Other factors include ongoing construction, weather concerns, and the road design itself.
Where are the most dangerous sections of I-71?
According to the Cincinnati Business Courier, the four most dangerous 1/10 mile stretches of road in Cincinnati are along the I-71 corridor. Based on statistics compiled by the Ohio Department of Transportation, the most dangerous sections of I-71 include:
- Route 126E at I-71: This stretch averages 666.39 crashes per year, the highest average in the area.
- I-71 N and Pfeiffer Road: This area sees an average of 661.18 crashes a year, including an average of 208.69 injury and fatality accidents.
- I-71 N at I-471: The area where these two interstates merge sees an average of 625.32 accidents per year.
- I-71 near Blue Ash: An average of 399.46 crashes per year occurs on this section of interstate, including the second highest number of injury and fatality wrecks (122.89).
In the late 1990s, the State of Ohio spent $106 million to make a particularly dangerous section of I-71/I-75 between Covington and Florence safer.
This roadway serves as a major thoroughfare for traffic from Northern Kentucky coming into Cincinnati, and the original design seemed to lend itself to crashes. With a dramatic increase in traffic and increased speeds in the area, however, accident statistics are now back where they were before the changes.
Another area where many people experience problems is with the double decker Brent Spence Bridge crossing the Ohio River. The cantilever bridge opened over 50 years ago; luckily, a new bridge is in the works, with construction planned for 2017. However, accidents in this area are sure to continue until its completion.
Who is at-fault in these crashes?
Who is liable for a Cincinnati auto accident depends heavily on the facts surrounding the crash. Often, a distracted or negligent driver fails to obey traffic laws leading to a high speed wreck and serious injuries for you and your passengers. In other cases, the road designer or those tasked with maintenance on the road are at-fault. In some cases, fault may be equal on both sides or the accident may be just that — an accident.
If you suffered injuries in a crash on I-71 in Cincinnati, determining fault is an important part of ensuring you get the compensation you deserve. Levy Law Offices can help you sort out who is at-fault for the accident, and file a claim for your damages. This may include money to cover:
- Hospital bills
- Rehabilitation costs
- Lost wages
- Other accident-related costs
- Pain and suffering
How can a Cincinnati Ohio car accident attorney help after a crash?
If you suffered injuries in an accident, you need financial help, and fast. I-71 car crashes often lead to serious, devastating injuries that can cost tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical costs and weeks or months of lost wages. Levy Law Offices can help you get the compensation you need. We put your financial needs first, and ensure you get every dime you deserve after a Cincinnati auto accident.
At Levy Law Offices, we can help you collect the evidence you need to prove negligence, and file your claim for compensation. If we cannot negotiate a fair settlement with the insurance company, we will not hesitate to file a personal injury lawsuit on your behalf. Call us today at 513-651-CASH for a free case evaluation and to learn more about how we can help you get the cash you need.