Car Accident Statistics
The following car accident statistics are offered just to give a context of the scope of the problem and to highlight some of the points we have been making:
- smaller cars that come with better gas mileage cause more serious injuries in accidents,
- we still need to get stronger on our laws regarding drunk driving, and
- we need to continue to explore the risk of car accidents associated with cell phone usage.
With that in mind, we offer the following car accident statistics:
- We are making some progress. A statistical projection of highway deaths for the first quarter of 2013 shows 7,200 fatalities down 4.4% over 2012. We can be hopeful that 2014 will be the best year in decades. That's the good news.
- In 2011, 32,310 people died in motor vehicle collisions. This is slightly better than 2010 in which 32,885 lives were lost. people died in motor vehicle crashes and an additional 2,243,000 people were injured.
- Opinion: cars are being made safer so we can expect the downward trend in car accident deaths to continue. But text messaging and the increased use of cell phones in general is slowing down the progress.
- Most motor vehicle wrecks don't cause injuries. In 2010 there were 5,419,000 police-reported motor vehicle traffic crashes. Only down 1,542,000 caused injuries. Most injuries were pretty mild.
- Plus or minus from year to year, there are approximately 16,000,000 auto accidents in the United States every year. Why so many more than the last statistic would suggest? Most car crashes are not reported to the police. Again, In the vast majority of these, no one is injured. There are three million people injured every year in accidents (remember, there at least two people involved in most car accidents, which is why I say no one is injured in most car accidents).
- Car accidents' total toll on the economy is about $250 billion. (Putting that number in context, it would pay for a quarter of President Obama's health care plan over the next 10 years.) Most of the cost is property damage to vehicles.
- There are 342,000 auto accident injuries and $43 billion each year in property damage, lost wages, medical bills and fatalities that government statistics attribute to cell phone usage while driving.
- Guns are unsafe for kids but cars are much worse. Approximately 115 people die every day in car, truck and motorcycle accident in the United States. Gunshot wounds and car accidents pose the leading threats to children's survival in this country. Car accidents account for 37% and firearms 27% of the 20,000 fatal injuries each year to children ages 1 through 19, according to the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health Injury Prevention Center in Baltimore, Maryland.
- Traffic crashes are the number one killer of people between the ages of 4 to 34.
- According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics - and this is hard to believe - motor vehicle accidents were the leading cause of workplace fatalities.
- Men and Women Are Different. One-third of women are killed in single vehicle crashes compared to 55% of men. (Read that again, it is pretty incredible.)
- Vehicle speed is the greatest predictor of the extend of the driver's injury, followed by the type of crash, age of victim, use of a seat belt, mass of the vehicle, and sex of the driver.
Maryland Accident Statistics
- Pedestrians jaywalking, or crossing mid block, is the leading accident cause of pedestrian accidents 39 percent of the time in Maryland suburbs, 21 percent of the time in the District and 18 percent of the time in Northern Virginia.
- 8% of Maryland jury awards in motor vehicle suits are for more than $250,000.
- In 2007, teenage drivers in Maryland were involved in 98 fatal crashes. 7,357 crashes with injuries and nearly 11,538 other reported crashes, according to the Maryland Highway Safety Office.
In 2009, 10,591 lives were lost due to speed-related collisions. Speed-related crashes cost Americans $40.4 billion each year.
- 1990: 707
- 2000: 588
- 2004: 643
- 2005: 614
- 2006: 652
- 2007: 614
- 2008: 591
- 2009: 547 (30% alcohol related)
- 2010: 496
- 2011: 485
- 2012: 476
- 2013: Stats are incomplete but we are continuing to do better
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