Car Accident Statistics
In 2004, The National Center for Statistics and Analysis (NCSA) stated:
Nearly 6.2 million police-reported auto accidents occurred in the United States in 2004 (58,414 Fatalities, 3.4 million injuries and 7.5 million property damage only)
In New York State alone, 1,493 people were killed in 2004.
- The majority of accidents involved multiple vehicles and occurred on two lane highways.
- There is a death caused by a motor vehicle crash every 12 minutes; there is a disabling injury every 14 seconds.
- Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for people ages 1 to 33
- The age groups most affected by motor vehicle crashes are 15-24 and 75+.
- About 3 in every 10 Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related traffic accident at some time in their lives.
- Bicycling resulted in about 800 deaths in collisions with motor vehicles.
- SUV accidents accounted for only 3% of all accidents but 3 times that rate of fatalities because of rollover accidents.
In Western New York, the average number of fatalities per year total approximately 330. A breakdown by county is as follows:
As you can see, car accident injuries and fatalities are astonishing. Injuries from car accidents are the leading cause of death for people ages 6 to 33 years old. To reduce your risk of being involved in an accident, there are some defensive actions you can take:
- Always obey all the traffic rules
- Drive defensively
- Wear your seat belt
- Never drink and drive
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a car accident, call Cellino & Barnes now at (800) 888-8888 or contact us.