Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers: 2016 Crash DataMay 11, 2017
The National Safety Council (NSC) recently released statistics for 2016 showing that more than 40,000 people died in car accidents in the United States last year. Compared with the data for 2015, this is a six percent increase. Americans drove more miles in 2016, but the increase was only three percent over the figures from 2015.
Crashes on public roads were the leading cause of work–related deaths in 2014 comprising nearly a quarter of all fatalities in the workplace. In Maryland, data available from 2014 – 2015 shows that motor vehicle traffic deaths increased by just over 16 percent.
Distracted driving, defined as engaging in other activities while driving, is on the rise as well. In 2015, distracted driving was accountable for 14 percent of all the motor vehicle accidents in the country and 10 percent of all fatal crashes. It was also a factor in 15 percent of all accident injuries.
A common form of distracted driving is cellphone use. According to a State Farm study, almost half of young drivers surveyed used their phone to access the internet while driving. Half of this group was checking their email while a third of them admitted checking social media behind the wheel. States with cellphone bans can expect distracted driving due to cellphones to drop. Consumer Reports has studied the link between cellphone bans and driver distraction. In a survey they found that 71 percent of participants stopped or reduced their texting behind the wheel and more than half of them attributed this to state laws banning the use of hand-held phones.
The National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that every year speed-related wrecks cost the U.S. $40.4 billion. In 2015, speeding cost 9,557 people their lives and it was the most common factor in fatal crashes in 2014. Speeding is also the predominant form of aggressive driving behavior.
Accidents involving alcohol-impaired driving were responsible for 29 percent of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities in 2015. Any driver with a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher qualifies as alcohol-impaired. In 2015, there were 10,265 fatalities due to drunk driving.
The number of motorcycle accidents decreased from 2013 to 2014, accounting for 14 percent of all fatalities in both years. Still, using NHTSA statistics from 2013, motorcyclists are roughly 26 times more likely to die in a wreck than passenger car occupants and suffer injuries five times as often.
In 2014, there were 3,903 fatalities involving large trucks, according to the NHTSA. In 2013 large trucks accounted for nine percent of all vehicles involved in fatal crashes, but made up only four percent of all registered vehicles.
The NHTSA released a study in May 2014 estimating that the economic cost of motor vehicle crashes including medical, legal, emergency service, insurance administration and property damage was $277 million. When quality of life valuations are added in, the total rises to $871 billion.
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