Automobile accidents happen every day in Indiana — with multiple accidents occurring throughout the 24-hours in a day. While they are common, many motor vehicle operators take that commonality for granted. From talking on the phone to speeding to work, many reckless acts happen each day. Motorists are often unaware how the wrong act and the right time can lead to a devastating crash – sometimes, a fatality.
5 Shocking Statistics About Auto Accidents to Know
These statistics are sobering and startling to hear, but when a driver is more aware of the conditions of the road ahead, they may think twice about speeding, having another drink, or even talking on their phone.
1. 35,092 People Died in Car Accidents Occurred in 2015
In 2015, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Highway Loss Data Institute reports that there were over 32,000 fatal crashes, but the total death count from those fatal crashes exceeded 35,000. In Indiana, there were 756 fatal car accidents. Out of those 756 accidents, there were 821 deaths. That means passengers along with the driver died in multiple accidents. For the state, the death per 100 million vehicle miles traveled averages 1.04. While not the highest, it is relatively high in comparison to states under 1.00 averages.
2. 2016 Saw a 6% Increase in Auto-Related Fatalities
While awareness campaigns are going strong, they are not making an impact. For the first time in 10 years, the National Safety Council (NSC) states that there was a six percent increase in automobile fatalities for 2016. The cost of these deaths is estimated to be $432.5 billion — up 12 percent from 2015.
3. Speeding is Still a Leading Cause of Devastating Accidents Each Year
Speeding contributes to 28 percent of all traffic deaths in 2014. Per the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over 9,000 lives were lost because of speeding. Sadly, as of March 2017, more than 41 states now have a top speed limit of 70 miles per hour.
4. The Highest Number of DUI-Related Accidents Happen from Midnight to 2:59 am
Per the NHTSA statistics, most alcohol-related accidents and fatalities occur between the hours of midnight and 2:59 am – the average closing hours for bars and nightclubs. The next highest block runs from 9:00 pm to 11:59 pm, with the third largest seen at 3:00 am to 5:59 am.
5. Distracted Driving is Becoming a Serious Hazard
Distracted driving injured almost 400,000 people in 2015, and it took the lives of more than 3,000. While the focus has been on using cellphones, other acts lead to distracted driving, including talking on the phone, to passengers, adjusting the radio, and eating food while driving. Approximately 48 percent of drivers from 18 to 29 use the Internet on their phone while driving, with 43 percent checking email and 36 percent visiting social media sites.
Hold Drivers Accountable for the Damage They Cause
After a serious accident, you are entitled to compensation when that accident happens because of someone’s negligence. As you can see from these statistics, these injuries and fatalities are avoidable. Most accidents are caused by negligence, reckless behavior, and dangerous acts that have no purpose on the road. After your injury, contact an attorney from Jacobs Law, LLC. We are here to help you seek compensation after a serious injury, and we hold irresponsible drivers accountable for the injuries they cause.