Media outlets were quick during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and the consequent lockdowns that defined the summer and fall of 2020 to note just how little traffic there was as a result. Simple logic would suggest that less traffic equals a lower likelihood of accidents and thus fewer injuries and fatalities. Sadly, this was not the case.

Nationwide, traffic fatalities rose 7.2% in 2020 to nearly 39,000. That number was the highest recorded since 2007. Qualifying this disturbing fact is a sticky wicket—common denominators behind traffic deaths such as impaired driving, failure to use a seat belt, and excessive speed were certainly contributing factors, but they alone do not account for a rise in deaths commensurate with a 430-million-mile drop in the number of miles people traveled across the course of the year. What can be qualified, however, is where fatal crashes took place.

Citing data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System, compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Stacker identified the counties in Ohio that had the most fatalities from motor vehicle crashes in 2020. The number of accident fatalities are ranked by the number of deaths per 100,000 people, with the raw number functioning as a tiebreaker. The analysis only looked at counties with at least five deaths during 2020. Additional data is included on pedestrian, bicyclist, and drunk-driving-related deaths. In counties where at least five fatalities happened on the same street or interstate, the road with the most deaths is also included.

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#50. Licking County, Ohio

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 9.6 per 100K people (#1,401 nationally, 17 deaths)
– 2 pedestrian deaths
– 0 bicyclist deaths
– 9 deaths involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities

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#49. Allen County, Ohio

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 9.8 per 100K people (#1,396 nationally, 10 deaths)
– 4 pedestrian deaths
– 0 bicyclist deaths
– 5 deaths involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities

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#48. Miami County, Ohio

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 10.2 per 100K people (#1,372 nationally, 11 deaths)
– 0 pedestrian deaths
– 0 bicyclist deaths
– 4 deaths involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities

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#47. Fairfield County, Ohio

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 10.2 per 100K people (#1,369 nationally, 16 deaths)
– 0 pedestrian deaths
– 1 bicyclist death
– 9 deaths involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities

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#46. Trumbull County, Ohio

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 10.4 per 100K people (#1,356 nationally, 21 deaths)
– 3 pedestrian deaths
– 0 bicyclist deaths
– 7 deaths involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities

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#45. Portage County, Ohio

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 10.5 per 100K people (#1,348 nationally, 17 deaths)
– 0 pedestrian deaths
– 0 bicyclist deaths
– 6 deaths involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities

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#44. Lucas County, Ohio

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 11.8 per 100K people (#1,262 nationally, 51 deaths)
– 6 pedestrian deaths
– 2 bicyclist deaths
– 22 deaths involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities

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#43. Lawrence County, Ohio

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 12.0 per 100K people (#1,253 nationally, 7 deaths)
– 1 pedestrian death
– 0 bicyclist deaths
– 1 death involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities

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#42. Hancock County, Ohio

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 12.0 per 100K people (#1,249 nationally, 9 deaths)
– 1 pedestrian death
– 0 bicyclist deaths
– 2 deaths involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities

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#41. Wood County, Ohio

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 12.1 per 100K people (#1,235 nationally, 16 deaths)
– 4 pedestrian deaths
– 0 bicyclist deaths
– 6 deaths involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities

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#40. Ottawa County, Ohio

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 12.4 per 100K people (#1,219 nationally, 5 deaths)
– 0 pedestrian deaths
– 0 bicyclist deaths
– 1 death involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities

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#39. Logan County, Ohio

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 13.0 per 100K people (#1,190 nationally, 6 deaths)
– 0 pedestrian deaths
– 0 bicyclist deaths
– 2 deaths involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities

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#38. Ross County, Ohio

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 13.0 per 100K people (#1,187 nationally, 10 deaths)
– 4 pedestrian deaths
– 0 bicyclist deaths
– 1 death involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities

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#37. Erie County, Ohio

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 13.2 per 100K people (#1,173 nationally, 10 deaths)
– 1 pedestrian death
– 0 bicyclist deaths
– 2 deaths involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities

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#36. Montgomery County, Ohio

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 13.2 per 100K people (#1,171 nationally, 71 deaths)
– 11 pedestrian deaths
– 3 bicyclist deaths
– 21 deaths involving drunk drivers
– Road with most fatalities: I-75 (5 fatalities)

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#35. Ashtabula County, Ohio

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 13.3 per 100K people (#1,167 nationally, 13 deaths)
– 0 pedestrian deaths
– 0 bicyclist deaths
– 5 deaths involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities

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#34. Huron County, Ohio

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 13.7 per 100K people (#1,134 nationally, 8 deaths)
– 1 pedestrian death
– 0 bicyclist deaths
– 3 deaths involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities

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#33. Marion County, Ohio

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 13.7 per 100K people (#1,132 nationally, 9 deaths)
– 0 pedestrian deaths
– 0 bicyclist deaths
– 0 deaths involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities

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#32. Muskingum County, Ohio

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 13.9 per 100K people (#1,121 nationally, 12 deaths)
– 3 pedestrian deaths
– 0 bicyclist deaths
– 4 deaths involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities

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#31. Putnam County, Ohio

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 14.5 per 100K people (#1,089 nationally, 5 deaths)
– 0 pedestrian deaths
– 0 bicyclist deaths
– 2 deaths involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities

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#30. Tuscarawas County, Ohio

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 15.0 per 100K people (#1,045 nationally, 14 deaths)
– 1 pedestrian death
– 0 bicyclist deaths
– 4 deaths involving drunk drivers
– Road with most fatalities: I-77 (5 fatalities)

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#29. Wayne County, Ohio

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 15.4 per 100K people (#1,013 nationally, 18 deaths)
– 1 pedestrian death
– 0 bicyclist deaths
– 7 deaths involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities

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#28. Geauga County, Ohio

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 15.7 per 100K people (#996 nationally, 15 deaths)
– 2 pedestrian deaths
– 0 bicyclist deaths
– 5 deaths involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities

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#27. Madison County, Ohio

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 15.9 per 100K people (#987 nationally, 7 deaths)
– 1 pedestrian death
– 0 bicyclist deaths
– 3 deaths involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities

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#26. Union County, Ohio

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 16.2 per 100K people (#962 nationally, 10 deaths)
– 0 pedestrian deaths
– 0 bicyclist deaths
– 3 deaths involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities

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#25. Coshocton County, Ohio

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 16.4 per 100K people (#950 nationally, 6 deaths)
– 1 pedestrian death
– 0 bicyclist deaths
– 3 deaths involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities

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#24. Mercer County, Ohio

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 16.6 per 100K people (#936 nationally, 7 deaths)
– 0 pedestrian deaths
– 1 bicyclist death
– 1 death involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities

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#23. Clark County, Ohio

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 16.9 per 100K people (#917 nationally, 23 deaths)
– 3 pedestrian deaths
– 1 bicyclist death
– 7 deaths involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities

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#22. Pickaway County, Ohio

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 17.1 per 100K people (#909 nationally, 10 deaths)
– 0 pedestrian deaths
– 0 bicyclist deaths
– 5 deaths involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities

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#21. Van Wert County, Ohio

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 17.4 per 100K people (#896 nationally, 5 deaths)
– 0 pedestrian deaths
– 1 bicyclist death
– 2 deaths involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities

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#20. Henry County, Ohio

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 18.1 per 100K people (#858 nationally, 5 deaths)
– 0 pedestrian deaths
– 0 bicyclist deaths
– 2 deaths involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities

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#19. Brown County, Ohio

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 18.3 per 100K people (#849 nationally, 8 deaths)
– 2 pedestrian deaths
– 0 bicyclist deaths
– 2 deaths involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities

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#18. Shelby County, Ohio

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 18.6 per 100K people (#833 nationally, 9 deaths)
– 1 pedestrian death
– 1 bicyclist death
– 2 deaths involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities

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#17. Ashland County, Ohio

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 19.0 per 100K people (#815 nationally, 10 deaths)
– 2 pedestrian deaths
– 0 bicyclist deaths
– 1 death involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities

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#16. Athens County, Ohio

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 19.1 per 100K people (#808 nationally, 12 deaths)
– 0 pedestrian deaths
– 0 bicyclist deaths
– 4 deaths involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities

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#15. Hardin County, Ohio

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 19.5 per 100K people (#782 nationally, 6 deaths)
– 0 pedestrian deaths
– 0 bicyclist deaths
– 1 death involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities

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#14. Seneca County, Ohio

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 19.9 per 100K people (#757 nationally, 11 deaths)
– 1 pedestrian death
– 0 bicyclist deaths
– 3 deaths involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities

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#13. Fayette County, Ohio

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 20.8 per 100K people (#723 nationally, 6 deaths)
– 0 pedestrian deaths
– 1 bicyclist death
– 3 deaths involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities

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#12. Fulton County, Ohio

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 21.1 per 100K people (#714 nationally, 9 deaths)
– 2 pedestrian deaths
– 0 bicyclist deaths
– 1 death involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities

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#11. Darke County, Ohio

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 21.2 per 100K people (#709 nationally, 11 deaths)
– 0 pedestrian deaths
– 0 bicyclist deaths
– 3 deaths involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities

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#10. Scioto County, Ohio

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 21.5 per 100K people (#696 nationally, 16 deaths)
– 1 pedestrian death
– 0 bicyclist deaths
– 5 deaths involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities

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#9. Pike County, Ohio

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 22.0 per 100K people (#677 nationally, 6 deaths)
– 0 pedestrian deaths
– 0 bicyclist deaths
– 2 deaths involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities

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#8. Sandusky County, Ohio

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 22.0 per 100K people (#675 nationally, 13 deaths)
– 2 pedestrian deaths
– 0 bicyclist deaths
– 1 death involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities

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#7. Meigs County, Ohio

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 22.4 per 100K people (#664 nationally, 5 deaths)
– 0 pedestrian deaths
– 0 bicyclist deaths
– 1 death involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities

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#6. Perry County, Ohio

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 25.4 per 100K people (#564 nationally, 9 deaths)
– 0 pedestrian deaths
– 0 bicyclist deaths
– 4 deaths involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities

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#5. Highland County, Ohio

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 25.5 per 100K people (#561 nationally, 11 deaths)
– 1 pedestrian death
– 0 bicyclist deaths
– 4 deaths involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities

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#4. Carroll County, Ohio

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 26.1 per 100K people (#540 nationally, 7 deaths)
– 0 pedestrian deaths
– 0 bicyclist deaths
– 6 deaths involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities

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#3. Preble County, Ohio

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 26.8 per 100K people (#512 nationally, 11 deaths)
– 0 pedestrian deaths
– 0 bicyclist deaths
– 3 deaths involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities

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#2. Adams County, Ohio

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 29.0 per 100K people (#437 nationally, 8 deaths)
– 0 pedestrian deaths
– 0 bicyclist deaths
– 2 deaths involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities

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#1. Harrison County, Ohio

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 61.5 per 100K people (#85 nationally, 9 deaths)
– 1 pedestrian death
– 0 bicyclist deaths
– 1 death involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities