by Kyle Swenson
If you've ever been in a car crash — from minor fender bump to big-time collision — you know once the sirens fade from the air and everyone is okay, the real headache is insurance: who's got it, who doesn't. According to a new shakedown of available car crash data, Ohioans are more likely be driving without the appropriate coverage.
That means law-abiding Citizen Joes and Janes are more likely to get screwed with the bill.
The Columbus Dispatch reports that uninsured folks were responsible for 8,700 auto bang-ups in 2010, the latest crunch-able data around. Statistically, that breaks down to the uninsured responsible for three out of four of the crashes they're in.
Although that's a pretty startling figure, the paper reports crashes involving the uninsured are actually dropping. But the flip side is that the number of people caught without the right law-mandated paperwork has increased.
While the number of crashes involving uninsured drivers has fallen in the past decade, Bureau of Motor Vehicles records show far more Ohioans are getting caught driving without insurance.
The state nabbed 1.1 million uninsured motorists in 2011. That’s one of every eight licensed drivers and an increase of 60 percent from a decade ago.