Car Accident Statistics: A Car Accident Attorney Weighs In
It seems like every day, as we’re making our way down I-10 or Loop 375 that an accident has closed up half of the road. Some days, it’s a small fender bender, one that a quick trip to the collision repair center can fix. But other days, the accidents are more serious and wrought with consequences. Hundreds of car accidents happen every day in the United States, and the statistics are staggering. Let’s go over some of these statistics and the many things you can do to stay safe on the roads.
Car Accident Statistics 2015-2017
As 2017 comes to a close, professionals working at the National Safety Council and Department of Transportation are putting together reports about car accidents throughout the United States. These reports detail why they happen, who they happen to, where they happen the most, and so on, allowing these professionals to analyze how and why the accidents and then relaying the information to car manufacturers, who are constantly working to improve the safety of our vehicles. You’ve probably noticed that over the last couple of decades, cars have been improved time and time again to enhance their safety features. From the introduction of the seatbelt to the addition of extra airbags, it seems like we should be on our way to a safer future. However, despite these added features, the number of car accidents in the United States has risen over the years.
- According to the Association of Safe International Road Travel, 1.3 million people die in car accidents every year around the world. That’s nearly 3,300 deaths a day.
- In 2016, there were nearly 1,700 fatal crashes in Texas alone. Fifteen of those took place in El Paso county. While this may not seem like a big number, that’s a large number of lives lost in accidents.
- According to the Texas Department of Transportation, some of the most common reasons why people crash include distracted driving, such as using your cellphone and driving, drinking and driving, and failing to take evasive action.
- Speeding causes thousands of accidents every year, but it’s rare to meet a driver who hasn’t gone over the limit while driving.
These statistics are some of the horrifying highlights of road accidents in 2016. This data, once relayed to car manufacturers, is used to design safer vehicles. But what can we do to stay safe on the roads?
When on the road, it’s important to stay focused. Avoid distractions such as using your cellphone, eating, and putting on makeup. If you’re feeling too tired to drive, have had a few drinks, or are angry or emotional, avoid driving. And of course, during bad weather, take extra precautions so you can avoid an accident. Together, we can make the roads a safer place to be.