Car Accident StatisticsApril 27, 2010
National Car Accident Statistics
- There are more than six million car accidents each year in the United States.
- A person dies in a car accident every 12 minutes and each year car crashes kill 40,000 people.
- The leading cause of death for individuals between 2 and 34 years old is motor vehicle crashes.
- Someone is injured by a car crash every 14 seconds and about two million of the people injured in car accidents each year suffer permanent injuries.
- Over 25% of all drivers were involved in an auto accident in a five-year period.
- Excessive speed is the second most common cause of deadly auto accidents, which accounts for about 30% of fatal accidents.
- Car crashes cost each American more than $1,000 a year; $164.2 billion is the total cost each year across the United States.
- Car accidents are the leading cause of death for kids between 2 and 14; About 2,000 children die each year from injuries caused by car accidents.
- Each year, almost 250,000 children are injured in car crashes, meaning nearly 700 kids are harmed every day.
- Car accidents are the leading cause of acquired disability nationwide.
2008 Car Accident Statistics
- In 2008, the number of overall traffic fatalities reached a record low since 1961, and that number continued to decrease in the first few months of 2009.
- The number of car crash deaths in 2008, 37,261, dropped 9.7% from the number of deaths in 2007; this is the largest annual reduction since 1982.
- The 2008 passenger car occupant fatalities have decreased for the sixth year in a row, accounting for 25,351 deaths. This is the lowest number since 1975 when the NHTSA began collecting fatality crash data.
- Motor vehicle traffic crashes injured about 2.35 million people in 2008, which is the lowest number the NHTSA has seen since it began collecting injury data in 1988.
- In 2008, there were a total of over 5.8 million car crashes, 1,630,000 causing injury, 4,146,000 resulting in property-damage only, and 34,017 ending in death.
- There were 15,983 urban crash fatalities in 2008, decreasing 11% from 2007.
- Car accident deaths in rural crashes totaled 20,905, a 10% decrease from 2007.
2007 Car Crash Statistics
- 41,059 people were killed in car accidents in 2007, an almost 4% decrease from 42,708 people in 2006.
- The highest number of deaths from car accidents occured in July and the fewest in February.
- 17,725 fatalities occured over the weekend and 23,237 during the weekday in 2007.
- In 2007, the highest number of fatalities, 6,796, occured in the 25-34 age range while the lowest number, 470, occured in the 5-9 range.
- 13,040 deaths in were linked to speeding.
- In 2007, 8,657 deaths occured in intersections.
- About 23,482 deadly crashes involved a single vehicle while 17,577 involved multiple vehicles in 2007.
- Instances where the vehicle in a crash veered off the road led to 24,147 fatalities in 2007.
- Non-fatal car accidents totaled 5,987,000 in 2007.
- In 2007, individuals were injured in about 1,711,000 accidents, while around 4,275,000 crashes only caused property damage.
- Car accidents disabled 270,000 people in 2007.
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