Car Accident

Auto Accident Statistics

1. Everyday nearly 135 million cars travel on our country’s streets, roads, and interstates.

2. Weekends between midnight and 3 a.m. are most likely for a person to be involved in a fatal crash.

3.  40% of fatal accidents involve alcohol.

4. It takes an airbag 40 milliseconds to fully inflate after an accident.

5.  Most car accidents occur within 3 miles of person’s home.

6. Nearly 1.3 million people die in road crashes each year; on average 3,287 deaths a day.

7.  Road crashes cost $518 billion globally, costing individual countries from 1-2% of their annual GDP.

8. Over 37,000 people die in road crashes each year.

9. Road crashes cost the U.S. $230.6 billion per year or an average of $820 per person.

10. From 2019 to 2021, traffic deaths in Georgia increased by 21%. 

11. On average, 5 people a day died on Georgia roads in 2021.

12.  Seniors from ages 65-74 make up 13.7% of licensed drivers. However, they make up 7.7% of drivers in fatal car crashes.

13. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates about 10 million or more crashes go unreported each year.

14. 42% of intoxicated drivers (DUI) involved in fatal crashes were speeding, compared with 16% of sober drivers.

15. More than 900 people a year die and nearly 2,000 are injured as a result of vehicles running red lights.


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