Information About Motor Vehicle Accident Statistics

How common are motor vehicle accidents? Insurance industry estimates report that in the U.S., nearly everyone will be in at least one traffic accident during his or her life.

For recent statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation, please see the information below. If you have been in a motor vehicle accident, contact a lawyer at Scott J. Corwin, A Professional Law Corporation, today to discuss your case.

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General Accident Fatality Information

  • It’s estimated that in 2019, 36,120 people died in all types of motor vehicle accidents in the US, a 1.2% decline from 2017.
  • In 2018, passenger vehicle occupant fatalities accounted for 22,697 fatalities, down 4.1% from 2017.
  • The number of people who died in crashes involving large trucks increased 0.8% from 2017 – 2018, from 878 to 885 fatalities.

Alcohol-Related Fatalities

  • In 2018, 24% of drivers under the influence of alcohol in fatal crashes had a previous license suspension or revocation. These license suspensions may have been for alcohol-related and non-alcohol-related violations.
  • About 29% of the total motor vehicle fatalities in 2018 involved drivers under the influence of alcohol. Thirty-four states saw a decrease in the number of these fatalities from 2017-2018. California saw a 6.8% decrease, from 1147 in 2017 to 1069 fatalities in 2018.

Distracted Driving Accidents

  • In 2018, there were 2,841 drivers killed due to distracted driving, and approximately 400,000 injuries in the U.S.
  • Actions such as using a cellphone, dialing or texting while driving increase your risk of an accident by three times.
  • The largest age group of distracted drivers in fatal accidents is people under the age of 20. Similarly, drivers in their 20’s make up 23% of drivers in fatal crashes but are 25% of all distracted drivers and 34% of cell-phone distracted drivers in fatal crashes.

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