Agencies 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:
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.
2.34 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
$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
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