Most of us use some type of personal vehicle as our predominant means of transportation, and consequently, the majority of us have been involved in a car accident, either minor or serious. According to information from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, there are over 250 million registered vehicles on American roadways. So it may, or may not, be surprising to you that all those vehicles are involved in over 6 million accidents every year, contributing to millions of injuries. Here are some other surprising statistics about car accidents:
- Distracted driving is responsible for at least one of every five auto accidents. It is estimated that a driver must take his or her eyes off the road for 4.6 seconds to read a text message- at 55 mph, that’s enough time to travel the length of a football field.
- More than half of the motorists fatally injured in automobile accidents were not wearing a seatbelt.
- The majority of fatal crashes in the United States occur in rural areas, not cities.
- Automobile accidents are the leading cause of death for children under the age of fourteen. In 2009, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 1,000 deaths of children in car accidents.
- Speeding was the main contributing factor in 30% of fatal car crashes in 2011.
- Among fatal crashes, 77% of occupants who were ejected from the vehicle were killed. The NHTSA estimates seatbelt use among those ages 5 and older could have saved over 15,000 lives in 2011 alone.
- Your greatest risk for being involved in a car accident comes between the hours of 3-6 p.m., and 9 p.m. and midnight.
- An average of 89 people died in auto accidents every day in 2011. That is equivalent to one person every 16 minutes.
- Males account for almost three-fourths of automobile accident fatalities.
- Almost half of drivers involved in speeding-related fatal crashes had a blood alcohol content of 0.08 or higher.
Car accidents are not always fatal, but certainly cause damage of some kind. Even minor property damage necessitates an insurance claim, or causes a disruption to your schedule. Similarly, minor injuries can evolve into chronic painful conditions without the proper medical attention.
Denver Car Accident Lawyers
Contact Denver car accident attorney Andrew Bubb today if you or someone you love was involved in a car accident in Denver. You have a right to be compensated for your injuries. For more information and a FREE CONSULTATION, call Andrew today at (303) 807-6187.