Q: How Often Do Car Accidents Occur?
According to the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA), car accidents occur every minute of the day. Yes, you read that correctly. Every minute of every day, someone is involved in a car accident.
While not all of these accidents result in a fatality, the overwhelming majority of them result in some type of injury, property damage or legal litigation.
The vehicle insurance industry estimates all motorists are likely to be involved in at least four auto accidents in his or her lifetime. Additionally, very young or novice drivers are more likely to be involved in a car accident, as opposed to more experienced drivers.
Other factors that may also increase the risk of being involved in an car accident are:
- Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol (DUI / DWI)
- Speeding - Nearly one-third of all car accidents are caused by someone driving over the speed limit or driving too fast for the current weather and/or road conditions
- Driving while distracted - which includes texting, eating, applying make-up or any other behavior that takes a driver's attention away from the road
Also, it is important to note that data from the Annual United States Road Crash Statistics journal suggests fatal car accidents are more likely to occur during specific days of the week, as well as during specific times of each day. The following is a breakdown of the days of the week and times of day when a fatal car accident is most likely to occur:
- Monday — 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
- Tuesday — 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
- Wednesday — 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
- Thursday — 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
- Friday — 9:00 p.m. to midnight
- Saturday — midnight to 3:00 a.m.
- Sunday — midnight to 3:00 a.m.
There are also additional facts to consider when discussing the frequency of automobile accidents, such as:
- Over 37,000 people die in car crashes each year
- Every 16 minutes, a car accident occurs that results in death
- Nearly 8,000 people are killed in crashes involving drivers between the ages of 16 and 20
- Over 1,600 children under the age of 15 die in car accidents each year
If you have been injured in a car accident in Pennsylvania, or if a loved one has been killed in a Pennsylvania car accident, contact the experienced car accident lawyers at Schmidt Kramer today. We are available to answer any questions you may have regarding the auto accident, your legal rights and any compensation you may be entitled to due to personal injury and losses.