Car Accident Injury and Fatality Statistics
Car accidents make up a significant portion of personal injury claims around the world. In the United States, recent statistics revealed that nearly 38,000 individuals are killed in car accidents annually.
Although some occurrences are weather-related, the majority are caused by the negligence of one or both drivers. These shocking statistics emphasize how essential it is to drive with care and know what options are available to you in the event that you or a loved one gets involved in a car collision.
Call the law offices of a Tucson Car Accident Attorney to discuss your case and get started on filing a claim.
What Are the Common Types of Accidents?
As discussed, more than 38,000 people died in 2019 as a result of car crashes in the United States. These included occupants, non-occupants, and motorcyclists.
Out of the 38,000 deaths, 58% were caused by one-car accident; vehicle collisions caused 38% and 40% with a fixed object such as a street sign. Therefore, it is clear that a significant number of injuries result from a collision of two vehicles.
When Do the Accidents Occur?
According to reports, most accidents occur in the summer months between June and September. It was also revealed that a significant number of fatal accidents happened on a Saturday. Out of these, 48% occurred in the dark and 41% in after dark but in lightened conditions.
Percentage of Car Accidents by Age
According to a report by the Foundation for Traffic Safety, the youngest drivers are at a high risk of accident involvement. This risk decreases as age progresses from the 20s and are lowest for drivers 60 or 70 years old.
Only 8% of older drivers are involved in accidents and had an alcohol blood concentration of 0.08 or higher. Thus, grouping accidents by age, injury crashes, and fatal crashes are highest for drivers between the ages of 16 and 17 and lowest for ages between 30-60 years.
Out of these accidents, 17% were passengers, 16% pedestrians, and 14% motorcyclists. Passenger cars and light trucks are also highly involved in accidents compared to large trucks.
What to do After an Accident
After an accident, the first step should always be to seek treatment for collision injuries. Even when you feel okay, it is always recommended that a qualified doctor screens you for internal injuries. If possible, you can take witness information and photographs of the accident scene before leaving to strengthen your claim.
If the other driver was negligent, you will be compensated for damages that include:
- Medical bills.
- Property damage.
- Pain and suffering.
- Lost wages.
- And decreased earning capacity.If a loved one died as a result of the accident, you could also file for a wrongful death lawsuit.
Work with Karnas Law Firm
Karnas Law Firm is dedicated to helping you defend your rights after a car accident injury or wrongful death of a loved one. An attorney handles all negotiations, offers legal advice, and represents you in court in case of a lawsuit. Schedule a free, no-obligation consultation online or by calling (520) 571-9700 to discuss your case.