Twenty Surprising Car Accident Statistics | Denver Car Accident Experts
With the number of cars on U.S. roadways increasing every year, car accidents have become a common occurrence. Tens of thousands of people die each year as a result of car accidents, with many more sustaining life-altering injuries, devastating families.
The following are some more startling car accident statistics:
- There are more than 6 million car accidents on U.S. roads every year.
- More than one-fifth of all motorists were involved in at least one car accident within a five year period.
- Over 3 million people are injured in car accidents annually. Greater than 2 million of those injuries are permanent.
- More than 40,000 people die in car accidents every year.
- Distracted driving is responsible for at least one of every five auto accidents. It is estimated that a driver must take his or her eyes off the road for 4.6 seconds to read a text message- at 55 mph, that's enough time to travel the length of a football field.
- More than half of the motorists fatally injured in automobile accidents were not wearing a seatbelt.
- The majority of fatal crashes in the United States occur in rural areas, not cities.
- Car accidents are the leading cause of death for people ages 1 to 30. People who are 15 to 24 years of age and those age 75 and older are the groups most seriously affected by car accidents.
- Speeding was the main contributing factor in nearly one-third of fatal car crashes.
- Among fatal crashes, 77% of occupants who were ejected from the vehicle were killed. The NHTSA estimates seatbelt use among those ages 5 and older could have saved over 15,000 lives in 2011 alone.
- Your greatest risk for being involved in a car accident comes between the hours of 3-6 p.m., and 9 p.m. and midnight.
- Every twelve minutes, a person dies as a result of a car accident. Every 14 seconds, a person is injured in a car accident.
- One-third of car accident fatalities result when reckless drivers leave the road and cause an accident.
- Males account for almost three-fourths of automobile accident fatalities.
- Almost half of drivers involved in speeding-related fatal crashes had a blood alcohol content of 0.08 or higher.
- Drunk drivers contribute to 40 percent of car accident fatalities.
- Teen drivers are at least ten times more likely to be involved in a crash during their first year of driving than at any other time.
- The majority of car accident victims are the driver, then passengers, then pedestrians, followed by cyclists.
- More than 1,600 children under age 15 die every year in car accidents.
- Car accidents cost the U.S. $230.6 billion each year.
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