Auto Accident Facts

There are more than six million car accidents each year in the United States.
A person dies in a car accident every 12 minutes and each year car crashes kill 40,000 people.

 

There were an estimated 6,420,000 cars involved in accidents in the US in 2005. The cost of these accidents exceeds 230+ Billion dollars. There were about 2.9 million injury cases and 42,636 car accident deaths. An average of 115 persons die each day in motor vehicle crashes in the United States -- one every 13 minutes. According to the World Health Organization about 3000 people die in crashes each day worldwide

2009 fatal car accident data released by NHTSA

Traffic fatalities in 2009 are down nationwide, according to statistics released in October 20009 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which reviewed data for the first six months of the year.

So far in 2009, 16,626 people have been killed in traffic accidents, a 7 percent reduction compared to the 17,871 traffic deaths reported in the first half of 2008.

Car Accident Statistics

National Car Accident Statistics

  • There are more than six million car accidents each year in the United States.
  • A person dies in a car accident every 12 minutes and each year car crashes kill 40,000 people.
  • The leading cause of death for individuals between 2 and 34 years old is motor vehicle crashes.
  • Someone is injured by a car crash every 14 seconds and about two million of the people injured in car accidents each year suffer permanent injuries.
  • Over 25% of all drivers were involved in an auto accident in a five-year period.
  • Excessive speed is the second most common cause of deadly auto accidents, which accounts for about 30% of fatal accidents.
  • Car crashes cost each American more than $1,000 a year; $164.2 billion is the total cost each year across the United States.
  • Car accidents are the leading cause of death for kids between 2 and 14; About 2,000 children die each year from injuries caused by car accidents.
  • Each year, almost 250,000 children are injured in car crashes, meaning nearly 700 kids are harmed every day.
  • Car accidents are the leading cause of acquired disability nationwide.

Teen Driver Car Crash Statistics

Teenagers and Cars Can Be A Deadly Combination

Before you hand over the car keys to your teenager, know the facts. The leading cause of death among U.S. teens is motor vehicle crashes accounting for 36% of all deaths in this age group. Here are more shocking statistics concerning teenage drivers:

  • Unsupervised teen passengers increase the risk of a teen driver wrecking. This risk increases with the amonut of teen passengers.
  • Teens are more likely to underestimate hazardous driving conditions or are unable to recognize them at all.
  • Teens are more likely to speed and allow shorter distances between cars than any other age group.
  • Teens have the lowest rate of seat belt use. 10% of high school students surveyed said they rarely ever or never wear a seat belt when riding with someone else.
  • It is estimated that on average, for every driver age 15 to 17 killed in a crash, there are nearly two other people who are killed in the accident.