Written by attorney Daniel Paul Buttafuoco

National Car Accident Statistics

National Car Accident Statistics - There are more than six million car accidents each year in the United States.

  • A person dies in a car accident every 12 minutes and each year car crashes kill 40,000 people.

  • The leading cause of death for individuals between 2 and 34 years old is motor vehicle crashes.

  • Someone is injured by a car crash every 14 seconds and about two million of the people injured in car accidents each year suffer permanent injuries.

  • Over 25% of all drivers were involved in an auto accident in a five-year period.

  • Excessive speed is the second most common cause of deadly auto accidents, which accounts for about 30% of fatal accidents.

  • Car crashes cost each American more than $1,000 a year; $164.2 billion is the total cost each year across the United States.

  • Car accidents are the leading cause of death for kids between 2 and 14; About 2,000 children die each year from injuries caused by car accidents.

  • Each year, almost 250,000 children are injured in car crashes, meaning nearly 700 kids are harmed every day.

Car accidents are the leading cause of acquired disability nationwide.

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