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.