Fatal Car Accident Statistics

Posted by the Charleston Car Accident Attorneys at Anderson & Schuster, Attorneys at Law, LLC.  If you have been injured in a traffic accident our car accident lawyers will be happy to discuss your case with you free of charge.

We all know that driving can be dangerous, and a car or truck accident can happen any time.  Here is a look at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's car and motorcycle accident statistics from 2010.

More than 5.4 million police-reported motor vehicle accident occurred in 2010. Just over 1.5 million car accidents caused injury. Of those accidents, just over 30,000 were fatal.

Midnight to 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights were the deadliest three hour time periods in 2010 with 955 and 981 fatal car accidents, respectively. Two-thirds of these car accidents involved alcohol-impaired driving.

In 2010, 2.24 million people were injured in car accidents. Nearly 33,000 people were killed. Motorcycle riders represented 4% of those killed in vehicle accidents. People ages 21 to 24 had the highest accident injury and fatality rate. 

These numbers certainly are startling and, unfortunately, South Carolina has a higher car accident rate per 100,000 miles driven than most states.

What can you do to prevent accident injuries? Wear a seatbelt. Wearing a seatbelt is one the easiest things to do prevent injury from an unexpected auto accident. Being ejected from a vehicle is one of the most injurious events that can happen during an auto accident, and wearing a seatbelt will greatly reduce the risk of ejection. Seventy-five percent of drivers and passengers ejected from a vehicle during a car accident are killed. South Carolina traffic laws require the use of a seatbelt, and you can be pulled over and ticketed for not wearing one.

Charleston, SC Car Accident Lawyers

Our personal injury attorneys represent those injured in auto accidents in CharlestonNorth CharlestonMount PleasantSummervilleGoose CreekHanahanJames IslandWest AshleyIsle of PalmsSullivans IslandFolly BeachJohns IslandLadsonAwendawMcClellanvilleMoncks Corner and across South Carolina. If you have been injured in an auto accident, give our attorneys a call today to discuss your accident case free of charge. 

Source: NHTSA, Auto Accident Statistics