LoTempio P.C. Law Group
Call Us For A Free Initial Consultation 716-427-6683
Search
LoTempio P.C. Law Group

6 key car accident statistics

You know how common car accidents are, but you still get on the road every day to drive to work. As a young professional, just 25 years old and starting your career, you don't usually worry about it. You've never been in a serious accident, and, even though you see the news reports every day, you don't think it will happen to you.

The reality, though, is that accidents don't discriminate. Safe driving can help you avoid them, but nothing can eliminate your risk entirely. Below are six key stats that you should know:

1. A full 10 percent of deadly accidents stem from distracted driving.

This statistic comes from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, while looking at the numbers for 2013. Distracted driving, which includes texting and driving, took 3,154 lives. A total of 424,000 people were hurt, meaning that distracted driving accounted for 18 percent of all accidents involving injuries.

2. More than a third of all drivers fall asleep while driving.

The AAA Traffic Safety Foundation did a study that claimed a full 37 percent of people have nodded off or fallen asleep while driving at least once. They claim that tired drivers are involved in 13 percent of serious injury accidents and 21 percent of deadly crashes. Even drivers who don't fall asleep could have slower reaction times when they are tired.

3. Over 10 million accidents aren't even reported.

It does stand to reason that many unreported accidents don't involve injuries, but it's still interesting to note that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration believes at least 10 million wrecks never get called in. This indicates that the odds of an accident could be far higher than stats suggest.

4. Just under a third of all accidents involve speeding.

Speed limits vary from road to road, but drivers always like to push those boundaries. In 29 percent of deadly crashes, speeding was a factor. That stat comes from 2013. It's higher for younger drivers. For instance, for men from 15 to 24 years old, about 35 percent of deadly accidents involved a speeding driver.

5. Alcohol is involved in about 31 percent of deadly accidents.

That stat also is from 2013, when 10,076 people lost their lives. It was trending down at the time, compared to 2012, but was still a significant factor -- and remains one today.

6. Almost 2,000 injuries happen after one driver runs a red light.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety also said that over 900 people are killed annually in these accidents. Roughly 50 percent of those who are killed are pedestrians and those in the cars that are hit, while the other 50 percent are the drivers who run red lights.

As you can see by reading these statistics, many accidents take place in such a way that you can't do anything to prevent them. Another driver can be drunk or distracted, run a red light, and hit you on the way to or from work, even when you've made no mistakes. Regardless of age or your driving record, it's important to know about your legal rights to compensation if you're injured in a crash.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
  1. Personal Injury

    A client settled their case against a homeowner for $275,000 for a fractured leg with surgery as a result of a fall from a ladder while assisting the homeowner install a second floor ladder.

  2. Wills, Trusts, Estates

    An estate received $57,500 in a wrongful death case involving a defective medical alert device.

  3. Personal Injury

    A client was injured while pulling a hamper with a defective handle which resulted in cervical herniation which then required surgery. The client settled the claim against the hamper owner for $495,000.

  4. Criminal Law

    A man was accused of aggravated animal cruelty for shooting his dog acquitted of all charges.

  5. Criminal Law

    The defense counsel asserted constitutional rights so that no charges were brought against a store owner for tax evasion.

  6. Business, Corporate and Employment Law

    We successfully collected thousands of dollars for a company on a breach of contract issue.

  7. Personal Injury

    A woman received $83,750 for a right knee injury she sustained due to the negligence of a local restaurant and bar.

  8. Criminal Law

    Our counsel successfully suppressed evidence in State Court from an improper search of a residence.

  9. Personal Injury

    A victim of a rear end accident settled with the defendant for $25,000 and then resolved a SUM claim for an additional $200,000 as a result of cervical disc herniations with a recommendation of surgery.

  10. Criminal Law

    A man was acquitted of Driving While Intoxicated and all other charges. The defense showed that the people failed to prove the operation of the motor vehicle.

  11. Criminal Law

    A Niagara Falls resident was accused of murdering a man shot outside his home and with whom he had previous fight and was acquitted on all charges.

  12. Workers’ Compensation and Social Security Disability

    A man received a $2.4 million settlement for pain and suffering, and lost wages due to a work-related accident.

  13. Criminal Law

    A man’s charges for Aggravated Harassment were dismissed when the defense counsel moved to dismiss charges for insufficient paperwork.

  14. Personal Injury

    A man obtained a settlement of $1.8 million when he lost his wife due to the administering of the wrong prescription.

  15. Personal Injury

    A woman received $100,000 for a neck injury she sustained in a motor vehicle accident.

  16. Personal Injury

    A woman was awarded $115,000 for head and neck injuries she sustained in a motor vehicle accident.

  17. Personal Injury

    A woman received a $250,000 settlement from a slip and fall at a rental property where she injured her back.

  18. Personal Injury

    A woman received $62,000 for a neck injury she sustained due to the negligence of a commercial property owner.

Email Us For A Response

Contact Our Legal Team

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

LoTempio P.C. Law Group | Complete Counsel

LoTempio P.C. Law Group 181 Franklin Street Buffalo, NY 14202 Phone: 716-427-6683 Fax: 716-855-3437 Buffalo Law Office Map