10 Surprising Car Accident Statistics
Car accident fatalities are on the rise for the first time in over 6 years. Even though vehicle manufacturers continue to improve the safety of cars and trucks, drivers are still getting seriously injured and killed behind the wheel. Many of these accidents involve drivers who are driving under the influence of alcohol or who are engaging in distracted driving behaviors. In 2012 alone, over 33,561 motorists died in motor vehicle crashes.
If that statistic shocked you, here are 10 more that are guaranteed to surprise.
- In 2012, there were over 5.6 million car accidents across the United States, leading to 1.6 injury crashes.
- Over half of all motorists who were killed in car accidents were not wearing their seat belts.
- Most fatal crashes occur in rural areas of the United States, not in cities.
- In states that do not have universal helmet laws, there were 10x as many motorcycle fatalities.
- The majority of motorists that are killed in crashes are men.
- 61% of large truck occupants that were killed actually died in single-truck crashes.
- Most dangerous times to drive are between 9pm and midnight and during rush hour 3-6pm.
- Winter saw the most increase in traffic fatalities in 2012.
- Children and teenagers actually saw a decrease in fatalities in 2012, which is very encouraging.
- Motorcycle rider fatalities increased for the third year in a row.
Car crashes are not always fatal, but they are always damaging. Even minor injuries can quickly become chronic conditions without the right medical care and rest. Many accident victims experience chronic neck and back pain-long after their initial injury is “healed”. When a negligent driver injures you or someone you love, you have a right to seek legal compensation for your injuries.
Contact Denver Car Crash Lawyers
The experienced Denver car crash lawyers at Denver Trial Lawyersare ready to help you and our family after a devastating car crash. Our attorneys have a proven track record of success and can help you get the money you need to pay all your medical bills and fully recover. Remember-if we do not recover anything for you, you don't pay.
In a free consultation, a Denver attorney at Denver Trial Lawyers can inform you of your rights, educate you about the legal process, and discuss how we may be able to obtain compensation for you.