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Auto Accident Facts:
There were an estimated 6,420,000 cars involved in accidents in the US in 2006. 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.

Car Accident Lawyer - Injured in an Auto Accident need a lawyer? New York, Long Island, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens
Car Accident Lawyer - Injured in an Auto Accident need a lawyer? New York, Long Island, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens
Car Accident Lawyer - Injured in an Auto Accident need a lawyer? New York, Long Island, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens
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Car Accident Lawyer - Injured in an Auto Accident need a lawyer? New York, Long Island, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens
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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.

2009 Car Accident Statistics

  •     In 2009, the number of overall traffic fatalities reached a record low since 1961.
  •     The number of car crash deaths in 2009, 37,261.
  •     The 2009 passenger car occupant fatalities accounted for 25,351 deaths. 
  •     Motor vehicle traffic crashes injured about 2.35 million people in 2009.
  •     In 2009, there were a total of over 5.8 million car crashes, 1,630,000 causing            injury, 4,146,000 resulting in property-damage only, and 34,017 ending in death.
  •     There were 15,983 urban crash fatalities in 2009.
  •     Car accident deaths in rural crashes totaled 20,905.

2007-2008 National Single-Vehicle Accident Statistics

  •     In 2007, 59% of fatal crashes involved only one vehicle, as compared with 33% of    injury crashes and 31% of property-damage-only crashes.
  •     Among drivers ages 16-19 involved in fatal crashes in 2008, 49% were involved in    single-vehicle crashes.

Cell Phones, Text Messaging, and Car Accident Information for All Drivers

  •     Talking on a cell phone causes nearly 25% of car accidents.
  •     One-fifth of experienced adult drivers in the United States send text messages    while driving.
  •     In 2009 almost 6,000 people were killed and a half-million were injured in crashes    related to driver distraction.
  •     At any given time during daylight hours in 2009, more than 800,000 vehicles were    driven by someone using a hand-held cell phone.
  •     4 out of every 5 accidents (80%) are attributed to distracted drivers. In contrast,    drunk drivers account for roughly 1 out of 3 (33%) of all accidents nationally.
  •     Texting while driving is about 6 times more likely to result in an accident than    driving while intoxicated.
  •     A study of dangerous driver behavior released in January 2007 by Nationwide    Mutual Insurance Co. found that of 1,200 surveyed drivers, 73% talk on cell    phones while driving. The same 2007 survey found that 19% of motorists say they     text message while driving.
  •     In 2005, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that 10% of    drivers are on handheld or hands free cell phones at any given hour of the day.
  •     A study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Motorists found    that motorists who use cell phones while driving are four times more likely to get    into crashes serious enough to injure themselves.
  •     In 2002, the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis calculated that 2,600 people die    each year as a result of using cellphones while driving. They estimated that    another 330,000 are injured.
  •     According to the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, drivers talking on cell    phones are 18% slower to react to brake lights. They also take 17% longer to    regain the speed they lost when they braked
  •     Of cell phone users that were surveyed, 85% said they use their phones    occasionally when driving, 30% use their phones while driving on the highway,    and 27% use them during half or more of the trips they take.
  •     84% of cell phone users stated that they believe using a cell phone while driving    increases the risk of being in an accident.
  •     The majority of Americans believe that talking on the phone and texting are two of     the most dangerous behaviors that occur behind the wheel. Still, as many as    81% of drivers admit to making phone calls while driving.
  •     The number of crashes and near-crashes linked to dialing is nearly identical to    the number associated with talking or listening. Dialing is more dangerous but    occurs less often than talking or listening.
  •     Studies have found that texting while driving causes a 400% increase in time    spent with eyes off the road.

Motorcycle Statistics for Accidents and Crashes 

  •     In 2008, 5,290 bikers were killed – an increase of 2% from 2007.
  •     59% of the bikers killed in 2008 were not wearing helmets.
  •     Of the motorcycle operators killed in 2008, 30% had a BAC of .08 or higher.
  •     There were 96,000 bikers injured during 2008.
  •     In 2008, motorcycle riders accounted for 14% of total traffic fatalities, 17% of all    occupant fatalities, and 4% of all occupants injured.
  •     35% of all bikers involved in fatal crashes in 2008 were speeding.
  •     In 2008, 2,554 (47%) of all motorcycles involved in fatal crashes collided with    another type of moving vehicle.
  •     Per vehicle mile traveled, bikers are about 37 times more likely than passenger    car occupants to die in a crash and 9 times more likely to be injured.
  •     In 2008, 25% of the motorcycles involved in fatal crashes collided with fixed    objects, compared to 19% for cars, 14% for light trucks, and 4% for heavy trucks.
  •     One out of four motorcycle riders in fatal crashes in 2008 were riding their    vehicles with an invalid license.
  •     Helmets are estimated to be 37% effective in preventing fatal injuries to    motorcycle riders and 41% for motorcycle passengers.
  •     During 2008, 346 young motorcycle riders (age 15-20) were killed and an    additional 8,000 were injured.
  •     35% of the bikers between 15 and 20 who were fatally injured in crashes in 2008    were not wearing helmets.
  •     Of the young motorcycle operators (ages 15-20) involved in fatal crashes in 2008,    more than one-third (43%) were either unlicensed or driving with an invalid license.
  •     In 2008, 26% of the young male motorcycle operators involved in fatal crashes    had been drinking at the time of the crash, compared with 13% of the young    female operators involved in fatal crashes.
  •     Motorcyclist fatalities reached 5,290 in 2008, accounting for 14% of total crash    fatalities.
  •     This is the 11th consecutive year that there has been an increase in motorcycle    crash deaths.
  •     The number of individuals injured in motorcycle crashes has decreased for the    first time since 1998, declining 6.8%.

Statistics sources include:
"Motorcycle Crashes" by the Insurance Information Institute.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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