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7 Surprising Car Accident Statistics

TrafficAgencies such as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Association for Safe International Road Travel (ASIRT) keep detailed records on car accidents, injuries, and fatalities within the United States. While these agencies have reported a downward trend in fatalities beginning in 2006, the total number of accidents and injuries have risen. The statistics on car accidents are staggering and a good reminder for drivers to stay safe while on the road. Below, our blog looks at car accidents within the United States by the numbers.

Here are 7 surprising motor vehicle accident statistics in the United States:

  1. 32,675: The number of people who died in U.S. motor vehicle accidents in 2014 alone. This is the latest yearly estimate by the NHTSA and continues the trend of decreasing fatalities. From 2013, there has been a .07% decline in the number of deaths due to car accidents, or 219 fewer.
  2. 2.34 million: The estimated number of people who were injured in car accidents in 2014. This number represents an increase from 2.31 million people in 2013.
  3. 40%: The percent of fatal accidents in which alcohol played a contributing role. In 2014 there were more than 9900 fatalities related to alcohol-impaired drivers. This is a 1.4% decrease in the total number of deaths from 2013.
  4. 1 in 5: The number of accidents which are caused due to distracted driving. Drivers under the age of 20 are at the greatest risk of distracted driving accidents, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  5. 5 Seconds: On average, the amount of time a driver’s eyes are taken off of the road by a distraction. For vehicles traveling at 60 MPH, this is more than enough time to cross 300 yards, the length of a football field.
  6. 69%: The number of drivers (age 18-64) who admitted to talking on their cell phones while driving in a study given by the CDC. That same study found that more the 30% of the drivers had also sent or read text messages while driving within 30 days of the time they were surveyed.
  7. $230.6 billion: The annual estimated cost of roadside accidents in the United States according to ASIRT. This figure takes into account factors such as personal injury, property damage, missed work, and time lost due to accidents.

New York City Car Accident Attorneys

New York is a no-fault state when it comes to car accident insurance claims. This can seem great when you receive compensation from your own insurance company for an accident. However, what do you do when an insurance provider undervalues, postpones, or withholds the restitution you need for recovery? If you have been in an accident and need legal assistance negotiating a claim, or are looking to file a lawsuit after suffering serious physical injuries not covered by a settlement, Lurie, Ilchert, MacDonnell & Ryan LLP can help. Our New York City personal injury attorneys have years of experience helping people in your situation and can help you fight for the settlement you deserve.

Call (646) 461-4009 to schedule a free consultation and learn about your legal options.