Auto Accidents, Truck Accidents & Motorcycle Accidents
of which 2.2 million people suffered injuries and caused nearly 36,000 fatalities. Given these statistics, chances are that you will be involved in at least one auto accident during your lifetime.
Although the number of auto related deaths in the U.S. has declined over 27% since 2005, there has been a disturbing rise in fatalities caused by inattentive drivers. The number of deaths in the U.S. involving driver distraction has increased from 10% in 2005 to 16% in 2009, and that number continues to climb. We’ve all seen them – drivers who are doing something else while behind the wheel, such as talking or texting on their cell phone, eating a cheeseburger, dealing with crying children, or putting on make-up. In fact, most of us have probably done these or similar things, at least once. We all know that being distracted while driving can have serious, and all too often, deadly consequences leaving drivers and their passengers seriously injured, permanently disabled, and financially devastated.
Auto Accident Statistics
- One person dies in the U.S. every 13 minutes in a car accident – 115 fatalities each day.
- Over 1.2 million deaths annually worldwide.
- Car crashes are the leading cause of death for Americans under age of 34.
- In 2009, there were 492 traffic fatalities in Washington State – nearly half were speed-related.
- Alcohol causes over 17,000 car accident deaths in the U.S. annually – 1 fatality every 31 minutes.
- One person is injured in a drunk driving accident in the U.S. every 2 minutes.
- Drunk driving is involved in 39% of all fatal accidents and 7% of all crashes in the U.S.
- Alcohol related deaths in the state of Washington is 10% higher than the U.S. average.
- Fatigued drivers cause an estimated 100,000 car accidents and 1,550 deaths in the U.S. each year.
- Damages from auto accidents total $150 billion annually.