United States car accident statistics show that human error is the cause of most roadway crashes and fatalities. The facts about car accidents are staggering. More than 37,000 people die in road accidents each year and an additional 2.35 million are either injured or become disabled. Further car accident facts reveal that more than 1,600 children under the age of 15 die each year, and in accidents involving drivers between age 16-20, nearly 8,000 people are killed annually.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), after six consecutive years of declining fatalities on our nation’s highways, motor vehicle crashes and fatalities are shockingly now on the rise again. To add insult to injury, while car accident fatalities increased overall by 3.3%, the number of people who suffered death in alcohol-impaired related driving crashes increased even more, by almost 5%. On a side note, motorcycle and pedestrian (car accident related) fatalities have also gone up by 7% and 6%, respectively.
The increasing number of car accidents in the U.S. has been referred to as a man-made crisis. In a national study, it was found that nearly 80% of car accidents were caused by inattentive or distracted driving within only 3 seconds of the crash. That’s way too many drivers multi-tasking behind the wheel, reducing driver reaction time and vehicle control. The top dangerous distractions were reading and writing while driving, grooming and applying makeup, dialing a phone, eating and drinking, texting, talking or even listening on the phone, adjusting music or media, interacting with other passengers, and daydreaming.
While many people think that poor weather conditions or driving while intoxicated cause the most crashes, car accidents facts reveal that distractions cause a driver to lose control of the vehicle, follow another vehicle too closely, fail to yield, change lanes inappropriately, and disregard traffic signals and stop signs, causing the majority of motor vehicle accidents on the road today. For more facts about car accidents, or to schedule a FREE consultation with the experienced attorneys at The Law Office of Richard D. Hobbs & Associates, call (770) 467-3372 today.