In this blog Farahi Law Firm, APC gathered the latest key auto accident statistics that can help you prevent collisions, by understanding when, where, and why they happen.

Driving has become something of a second nature for men. Whether for a short distance or long drives, people prefer driving their own car rather than public transport. It creates a lot of road traffic, which can lead to long traffic congestion, or worse, injuries due to negligent driving or careless driving. Being in a car accident can be devastating. You not only suffer physical injury, but you also end up with huge medical bills, sometimes with life-long disabilities, loss of work and in the worst-case scenario, immobility or death.

Approximately 2 million people get injured and 40 thousand lose their lives in nearly 6.5 million motor vehicle traffic crashes in the United States every year. California’s popularity and population density contributes to its high number of automobile accidents, injuries and deaths that occur each year. Let’s take a look at some key auto accident statistics:

 Key Auto Accident Statistics in the US

  • In 2018, there were an estimated 6,734,000 police-reported motor vehicle traffic crashes in the United States, resulting in 36,560 fatalities and 2,710,000 people injured.
  • One person was killed every 14 minutes and an estimated 5 people were injured every minute in motor vehicle crashes in 2017.
  • Rear-end collisions are the most common type of accident, accounting for about 29 percent of all accidents and resulting in numerous injuries and fatalities each year.
  • 43% percent of motorcycle riders who died in single-vehicle crashes in 2017 were alcohol-impaired.
  • In 2017, seat belts saved an estimated 14,955 lives among passenger vehicle occupants 5 and older.
  • 2017 NHTSA reports show that an average of 16 pedestrians were killed every day and a pedestrian was killed in every 88 minutes in traffic crashes.
  • In 2018 alcohol-impaired driving (blood alcohol concentration [BAC]=.08+ grams per deciliter [g/dL]) was involved in 29 percent of traffic fatalities in the United States.
  • The percentage of drivers with BACs of .08 g/dL or higher in fatal crashes in 2018 was highest for motorcycle riders (25%), compared to drivers of passenger cars (21%), light trucks (19%), and large trucks (3%).
  • 9% of fatal crashes in 2017 were reported as distraction-affected crashes. Drivers using a handheld device are 4 times more likely to get into a car accident than drivers that pay attention to the road ahead.
  • NHTSA estimates that helmets saved 1,872 motorcyclists’ lives in 2017, and that 749 more lives could have been saved if all motorcyclists had worn helmets.

Key Auto Accident Statistics in the state of California

  • In 2018, 3,563 people lost their lives in California to motor vehicle crashes.
  • Los Angeles County topped the list of “top 10 counties of 2018 – fatalities” in the state of California with 670 reported fatalities.
  • In the United States, California had the largest number of speeding-related fatalities (1,070), while the District of Columbia had the fewest (17).
  • After Texas(1,439), California (1,069) is the second state with the highest number of Alcohol impaired driving fatalities reported in 2018.
  • The most fatal crashes occurred on Saturday, and between 9pm to midnight with 5873 accidents. And most crashes with injuries were recorded on Friday, mostly occurring between 3pm to 6pm.
  • The highest number of Fatal Motor Vehicle Crashes were recorded in the month of October.
  • 16% decrease in motorcycle fatalities from 578 in 2017 to 488 in 2018.
  • NHTSA estimates that helmets saved 287 lives in California in 2017, and 16 additional lives could have been saved if all motorcyclists wore helmets.
  • Bicycle fatalities increased 8.1 percent from 145 in 2017 to 155 in 2018.
  • 5% decrease in pedestrian fatalities in 2018 from the previous year.
  • 63 fatalities per 100,000 population occurred in Los Angeles County in 2018. Total fatalities were 670 and the maximum fatalities involved single vehicle crash (399).
  • In 2018, distracted driving caused by electronic devices increased. Very precisely, there was a rate of 4.52 percent which was up from 3.58 percent in 2017.
  • The 3 Counties, which showed the most distracted driving due to electronic usage, were San Joaquin, Kern, and Riverside. The three counties with the least electronic usage were Sacramento, Santa Barbara, and San Mateo.
  • In California, there were 547 fatalities in drug-involved collisions in 2017, a 48.6 percent decrease from 1,064 in 2016. Drug-involved fatal and severe injury victims were predominantly young male adults (age 15-44), comprising 50.8% of all victims in 2016.
  • The highest number of fatal and severe injuries from drug-involved driving collisions took place in the southern part of the state—Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Diego counties.
  • Based on the 2013-2017 five-year rolling average, the five-year average of serious traffic injuries is 12,208 in California.
  • In 2017, seat belts saved 1,488 California passenger vehicle occupants, age five and older, involved in traffic collisions. If all vehicle occupants used seat belts, an additional 89 lives would have been saved.

Fatal car accidents can occur while drivers are intoxicated, driving distracted, speeding and violating certain road rules. It is the duty of every driver to be fairly careful behind the wheel in preventing accidents. To help ensure safer roads, Farahi Law Firm, APC urges motorists to drive attentively, avoiding distractions, buckle up and practice defensive driving. Driving as much during the day as possible and on the weekdays will help you avoid getting into a fatal accident.

Given the prevalence of automobile accidents today, it is absolutely vital that drivers be informed about exactly what their legal options should such an incident occur. If you are injured in a car accident due to someone else’s negligent behavior, the negligent driver should be held accountable for the resulting injury, financial losses and other damages. Discuss your case with expert personal injury lawyers at Farahi Law Firm, APC to find out what your case could be worth.

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