Olympia, Spokane, and Tacoma Car Accident Statistics
The number of cars and other vehicles on our roadways increases constantly, and with it the number of vehicular accidents. About 37,000 people die in road crashes in the United States each year. On average, approximately 5 million accidents each year, with more than 2 million people injured. Most of those injuries have a lifelong effect.
National Car Accident Statistics
Traffic accident fatalities have declined over the last few years, only to increase again in 2015. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), there were 35,092 traffic accident deaths in 2015. Up 7.2 percent when compared to the 2014.
Drivers accounted for 12% of the fatalities in 2015, and passengers for 36%. At least 10,265 people were killed in accidents caused by drunk drivers, according to the FARS reports.
Washington State Car Accident Statistics
Car accident fatalities have decreased in the state of Washington. There were 499 fatal crashes in 2015, Washington state authorities reveal. Some 263 of those fatalities were drivers. But at least 115 of these fatalities were passengers.
A majority of fatalities (113) involved people between the ages of 25 and 34. Alcohol was a factor in 237 car accident fatalities. Out of those crashes, a great number involved drivers who were operating with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent or higher.
Distracted Driving Statistics
More recently, the federal government has released statistics involving distracted driving, especially incidents relating to the use of handheld cell phones and texting. According to NHTSA, 3,477 people died in 2015 as a result of car accidents involving a distracted driver. And at least 391,000 were injured as a result of car crashes involving distracted drivers during the same year.
Younger, inexperienced drivers under age 30 have the highest proportion of distraction-related fatal auto accidents. Also, drivers who use handheld devices are four times as likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves, according to statistics provided by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
If you have been in a serious car accident, you can seek compensation to cover your injuries, damages, and losses. Contact an experienced attorney to learn more about how to pursue your rights. The Bernard Law Group offers free consultations and comprehensive evaluations of all car accident cases.
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