Car Accidents by the Numbers

Car Accident Statistics

Reno Car Accident Lawyer

Every year, there are millions of car accidents. These leave millions of people injured and claim tens of thousands of lives. But just how frequently do these collisions occur, and what consequences do they have? What are their leading causes? A look at car accident statistics can offer insight regarding these and many other issues. Here we have gathered information from various sources, including the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT), to provide guidance regarding car accidents by the numbers.

According to nationwide traffic accident statistics from the NHTSA:

  • In 2011, 32,367 people died in traffic accidents across the United States. This equaled an average of 89 fatalities each day and 1 fatality every 16 minutes.
  • There were more than 5.3 million traffic accidents reported to the authorities in 2011. More than 2.2 million people were injured in these collisions.
  • Nearly one in three (31%) of fatal traffic accidents in 2011 involved a collision with a driver who had a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or greater (above the legal limit to operate a motor vehicle).
  • More than 1.2 million people were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in 2011; 1 arrest per 173 drivers.
  • Speeding was considered a contributing factor in nearly one in three (30%) of fatal traffic accidents in 2011.
  • 4,630 people lost their lives in motorcycle accidents in 2011. This number increased by 7.1% in 2012, to 4,957 fatalities.
  • 12% of all traffic fatalities in 2011 involved large trucks (weighing more than 10,000 pounds).
  • In 2012, the number of traffic fatalities increased for the first time since 2005. A total of 33,561 people were killed in traffic accidents across the country.

According to Nevada traffic accident statistics from the NDOT:

  • There were 51,664 traffic accidents in Nevada in 2010. Of these, 32,754 caused property damage only, 18,675 resulted in injury and 235 resulted in one or more deaths.
  • 27,819 people were injured and 257 people were killed in traffic accidents in Nevada in 2010.
  • The five leading causes of injury accidents were: "failed to yield right of way," "other improper driving," "followed too close," failure to keep in proper lane" and "driving too fast for conditions."
  • The five leading causes of fatal accidents were: "failure to keep proper lane," "failed to yield right of way," "driving too fast for conditions," "exceeded authorized speed limit" and "disregard traffic signs, signals, markings."
  • The three leading "driver factors" involved in traffic accidents, for injury accidents, were: "had been drinking," "inattention/distracted" and "other improper driving."
  • The three leading driver factors for fatal traffic accidents were: "had been drinking," "drug involvement" and "inattention/distracted."
  • Large trucks were involved in 1,463 (1.5%) of all auto accidents.
  • There were 44 fatal accidents involving motorcycles.
  • Passenger cars were involved in the vast majority of accidents, accounting for 52.27% of vehicles involved in collisions.
  • Light trucks, specifically pick-up trucks and SUVs, accounted for a combined total of 31.77% of vehicles involved in accidents.

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