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Motor Vehicle Accidents: The Statistics

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In 2016, 3.2 trillion miles were driven on U.S. roads. Is it any wonder that, on average, each year there are 6,000,000 motor vehicle accidents occurring?

  • According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), six million automobile accidents happen in the U.S. every year resulting in three million injuries and roughly 40,000 deaths.
  • Approximately 125,000 accidents occur annually that involves trucks, including 60,000 injuries and 5,000 fatalities. [Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)]
  • Motorcycle accidents account for approximately 50,000 severe injuries along with 2,300 deaths annually.

Motor vehicle accidents, often resulting in serious injuries, account for the number one type of personal injury case. Some of the top causes for motor vehicle accidents include:

When an accident happens, it is usually because someone isn’t following the rules of the road or driving as carefully as he or she should.


Motor Vehicle Accident Statistics

  • Motor vehicle accidentDistracted driving claimed 3,477 lives in 2015.
  • Every day, 28 people in the U.S. die in an alcohol-related vehicle crash. Even though drunk driving fatalities have decreased by a third in the last three decades, the chance of being in an alcohol-impaired crash is still one in three over the course of a lifetime.
  • Drowsy driving claimed 846 lives in 2014.
  • In 2015, 96 people died each day in motor vehicle crashes and 6,700 people were injured.
  • Motor vehicle crashes were the leading cause of death in 2014 for individuals age 11 and also for ages 16 through 24.

According to the NHTSA, 35,092 people died in motor vehicle crashes in 2015, up 7.2 percent from 32,744 in 2014.  The 7.2 percent increase in 2015 is the largest percentage increase in nearly 50 years. The largest increase previously was an 8.1-percent increase from 1965 to 1966.


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