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What are some of the recent car accident trends?

On Behalf of | Sep 20, 2021 | Car Accidents

Residents of Norwich and other nearby areas of Connecticut may want to learn more about statistics in car accident trends. The numbers affect your car insurance as well as your safety. You can do your part to prevent a motor vehicle accident when you know how likely they are to occur without the right safety precautions.

According to Bankrate, about 3 million people in the U.S. receive injuries from car accidents each year. This was reported by the Centers for Disease Control. The year 2019 had 36,096 fatal crashes.

One positive sign

In 2019, U.S. roads saw a 2% decrease in fatal car accidents. On the other hand, miles of travel increased, so this is why it is a positive sign. There have been decreases in fatal motor vehicle accidents in the past three years.

What are some of the causes of these fatal accidents?

The largest cause of these accidents is drunk driving; approximately 10,000 people die each year in the U.S. due to intoxicated drivers. Speeding is the next largest cause of fatal accidents with 9,378 lives lost in 2018. The next largest culprit is distracted driving with 3,142 auto-related deaths in 2019.

During that same period, drowsy driving was the reason for 795 fatal accidents. People not wearing seat belts resulted in 2,549 auto deaths.

The statistics for 2020

Although official numbers have not yet been released, early indicators show 42,060 fatal car crashes in 2020 across an estimated 2,830 billion vehicle miles traveled. Shown in the data is an 8% increase in auto-related fatalities with a 13% drop in miles traveled. There were significant decreases in fatal crashes for people over 64, who may not have traveled as frequently.

Which age group has the highest fatality rate?

Individuals aged 25-34 had 6,733 deaths in 2018. Younger drivers account for 6.0% of fatal crashes while they only make up 3.9% of licensed drivers.

To avoid being a statistic, you’ll want to do what you can to prevent car accidents. This might involve always wearing seat belts, avoiding distraction, never driving drunk or sleepy, following traffic signs and much more.

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