Automobile Accident Facts and Statistics

In 2009, there were more than 5.5 million police reported motor vehicle accidents in the United States.  Twenty-eight percent of those crashes resulted in injury.  There are many causes of automobile accidents in this country.  Weather, road conditions, lighting, car malfunction, driver inattentiveness, and speeding are tops among these causes.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”), in 2009, there were 1,517,000 police reported motor vehicle crashes that resulted in injury.  There were 33,808 auto crashes that resulted in a fatality.  For every 100 million vehicle miles traveled, there were 1.13 fatalities or 11.01 fatalities per 100,000 population.  This represented a decrease of 9.9 pecent from 2008.  Male drivers over the age of 15 accounted for nearly three times more crashes than female drivers over the age of 15.

In 2009, there were 4,462 motorcyclists killed on American highways and another 90,000 injured.  In 2009, 3,380 people were killed in accidents involving large trucks, while another 74,000 were injured.  There were 33,808 people killed in crashes where the driver’s blood alcohol content was greater than .01 in 2009.  Approximately 8,610 of those alcohol related deaths were caused by drivers who were between the ages of 25-34 years.

Understanding the facts and statistics on automobile crashes can be very helpful in determining trends and helping to avoid some of these avoidable crashes and injuries.


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