United States car accident statistics may surprise you. With so many people on the road, the United States sees roughly 6 million accidents a year. More than 2.5 million of the people involved in accidents are injured. Many of them may need a personal injury attorney to protect their interests and help them get the compensation they need.
How likely are you to be one of these people? Can you do anything to protect yourself? These statistics will shed some light on car accidents.
The Results of Car Crashes
Thankfully, most crashes do not cause injury to anyone. Instead, the most likely result of a vehicle crash is property damage. Almost three fourths of all crashes result in property damage. Maybe that’s driving onto someone’s front lawn and causing personal property damage, or driving into a sign, light pole, or other government property.
Almost one-third of crashes result in a non-fatal injury. Another six percent of crashes result in a fatality. Of course, we all want to avoid causing a fatal car accident. To that end, it’s useful to discuss what accident factors are most strongly connected to these deaths.
Causes of Death
Every day in the United States more than 90 people will die in a car accident. There are some common factors in those accidents that result in deaths.
Forty percent of accidents that result in death involve alcohol. Thirty percent of these fatal accidents also involve speeding. Another thirty-three percent of fatal accident were caused by reckless driving. It is critical not to drink or speed while driving, but also to report any drivers you suspect of driving under the influence.
Distracted Driving Statistics
Distracted driving is also a serious problem. In the United States, nine people die per day from distracted driving and a further 1060 are injured due to it. Distracted driving is a factor, although usually not the only one, in 1 out of 5 motor vehicle accidents.
Texting does count as distracted driving and it is more serious and common than you may think. Forty percent of American teens have been in a car when the driver used a cell phone in a way that they feel puts people in danger. If you’re texting behind the wheel you are 23 times more likely to crash than if you were not.
Every time you send or receive a text, your eyes will be off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds. If you’re on the highway and you answer a text, you could drive a football field’s length without looking at the road. In fact, texting suppresses the brain activity associated with driving by more than a third. It’s no wonder distracted driving causes accidents. Staying off your phone is one of the best things you can do to limit accidents.
Contact the Law Firm of Fenters Ward
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Keep the Law Firm of Fenters Ward in your cell phone, so you can call us immediately
after an accident to begin developing your case. Call us at 412-685-3284.