Just the Stats- Motor Vehicle Deaths in the United States

As a California Personal Injury Lawyer since 1982, I see reams of data on motor vehicle accidents on a daily basis. I talk to other Plaintiff Lawyer’s, scan the newspapers and trade journals, and

generally keep myself informed about motor vehicle accidents. Nonetheless, I find it unusual that most people, even most attorney’s fail to understand the statistics underlying accident claims.

In an effort to rectify this, I will be blogging from time to time on the statistics underlying accidents in the United States.  The title of the continuing series will be “Just the Stats”.

This blog will discuss fatalities from motor vehicle accidents and how such fatalities occur.

In 2012, there were 3,900.000 nonfatal injuries in motor vehicle accidents. In that same year, there were  36.900 fatalities. In other words, about 1 percent of injury accidents result in fatalities.

Collisions between vehicles resulted in 13,500 deaths or 37% of deaths.

Striking a fixed object such as a guardrail or tree was responsible for 11,500 deaths or  31.6%.

Pedestrian Collisions resulted in 6,100 deaths or 16.8 Percent.

Jackknives, Overturns etc resulted in 4.000 injuries or 11%.

Miscellaneous Factors resulted in the remaining  3.6 Percent.

52% of vehicle occupants killed were unrestrained by seat belts.

61% of the people killed died at night, the other 39% were daytime fatalities.

Alcohol was involved in 30.8 Percent of fatal crashes.

Speeding was the primary reason for the fatal accident 30 percent of the time.

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