Fatal car accidents occur more frequently than most people think. A Virginia Beach car accident can happen without warning and leave you or a loved one with a lifetime of pain and suffering. Understanding the frequency of fatal crashes in America can lead to better and safer driving habits.
A Look at the Statistics
On average, between 30,000 and 40,000 people lose their lives in automobile crashes in America each year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):
- 32,885 people were killed in 2010.
- 30,797 in 2009.
- 37,172 in 2008.
- 37,435 in 2007.
Common Causes of Fatal Crashes
Many factors can lead to a fatal crash. Understanding these causes can help you implement safer driving habits, which can be the difference between life and death. The NHTSA reports that on average:
- Alcohol is involved in 32 percent of fatal accidents.
- Speeding is involved in 31 percent.
- Driving distractions, such as texting or eating, are involved in 16 percent of fatal accidents.
- Bad weather is involved in 11 percent.
Who is Being Killed
Though those behind the wheel account for more than half (52.1 percent) of those killed each year in America, they are not the only victims. Of those who lose their lives each year:
- Passengers make up 20 percent.
- Motorcyclists make up 13.1 percent.
- Pedestrians make up 12.1 percent.
- Bicyclists make up 1.8 percent.
The NHTSA cites other interesting statistical facts surrounding fatal crashes. A fatal crash is more likely to occur on a Saturday and less likely on a Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday. In addition, per 100 million vehicle miles traveled, Montana has the highest death rate, while Massachusetts has the lowest.
You Are Still at Risk
No matter the knowledge you possess concerning driver safety, not all car accidents can be avoided. You could be left with a permanent injury due to another driver’s negligence. That is why you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney. At Tavss Fletcher, our team has successfully helped hundreds of accident victims defend their compensation rights.
If you have been injured in an auto, truck, or motorcycle accident, call a Virginia Beach car accident attorney at Tavss Fletcher at (757) 625-1214. Our goal is to get you the compensation you and your family deserve.