Greene County is named in memory of General Nathanael Greene, and is located just southwest of central Ohio. While Greene County is home to almost 150,000 residents only 116,713 of those individuals reside in the townships located throughout the county. These statistics are fairly common for counties in and near central Ohio, despite the fact that Greene County is over 200 years old.
A grand total of 1,300 traffic accidents were experienced in Greene County during 2007 and another 1,429 were reported in 2008. These figures are beneath the median average for Ohio on a per capita basis, especially when one takes a moment to consider the fact that only 9 traffic-related fatalities were recorded in 2007 and another seven went on the books in 2008. Also worth noting, and likely to be a partial explanation for these statistics, is the fact that there were only 94 alcohol-related traffic accidents reported in Greene County during 2007, 3 of which proved fatal. In 2007, Greene County recorded a total of 87 alcohol-related traffic accidents, and a total of 5 fatalities.
The townships in Greene County with the greatest number of traffic accidents on record during 2007 were: Bath with 254 total traffic accidents, followed closely by Xenia with 251 traffic accidents, Sugar Creek with 236, and Beavercreek with 201 total traffic accidents. These same four towns were once again listed as having the most traffic accidents on file during 2008 with the following statistics: Bath with 266 total traffic accidents, Beavercreek with 258, Sugar Creek with 247, and Xenia with 245 total traffic accidents on the books.
What immediately stands out about these figures is the fact that while Bath and Beavercreek both have populations slightly in excess of 40,000, both Sugar Creek and Xenia are in the 6,000-resident range with 6,629 and 6,117 respectively. For townships with around a sixth and a seventh the populations of Beavercreek and/or Bath, it is alarming to see competitive crash statistics. On the other hand, it is possible to interpret these figures as a sign that both Bath and Beavercreek are particular safe destinations for motorists in Green County on a per capita basis.
The Township of Sugar Creek also experienced 2 traffic-related fatalities in 2008, as well as 3 in 2007. In contrast, Bath reported zero traffic-related fatalities during either year, and the Township of Beavercreek only reported a single traffic related fatality during 2007. For larger townships, these figures are certainly impressive. Even more impressive, the inclement weather and poor driving conditions in Ohio make the roads of Green County an innately dangerous place for motorists for at least nine weeks in the course of an average year.
Overall, Green County is still a reasonably safe place for motorists though there is one more statistic that is interesting if only because of its near-complete absence: unknown and/or unattributable crashes. Most larger townships and small cities experience several hit and run accidents or unexplained crashes during the course of the average year, though Beavercreek and Bath only saw a combined total of 6 such incidents during 2007 and 3 the following year. These statistics are very unusual for mid-5 digit population centers in Ohio.
If you’ve been seriously injured or have lost a loved one in a Bath Township, Xenia, or Sugar Creek Township truck / car accident, call the Greene County auto accident and wrongful death attorneys / lawyers at Chester Law Group at 800-218-4243 or order your FREE BOOK entitled The Insider’s Guide to Handling Ohio Accident Claims at www.ChesterLaw.com.