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Worldwide Auto Accident Statistics

  • Nearly 1.3 million people die in road crashes each year, on average 3,287 deaths a day.
  • An additional 20-50 million are injured or permanently disabled.
  • More than half of all road traffic deaths occur among young adults ages 15-44.
  • Motor vehicle accidents are the 9th leading cause of death and account for 2.2% of all deaths globally.
  • Auto accidents are the leading cause of death among young people ages 15-29, and the second leading cause of death worldwide among young people ages 5-14.
  • Nearly 400,000 people under 25 worldwide die in auto accidents annually..
  • Over 90% of all road fatalities occur in low and middle-income countries, which have less than half of the world’s vehicles.
  • Road crashes cost (U.S. dollars) $518 billion globally, costing individual countries from 1-2% of their annual GDP.
  • Auto accidents cost low and middle-income countries $65 billion annually, exceeding the total amount received in developmental assistance.

United States Motor Vehicle Accident Statistics

  • Over 33,000 people were killed in U.S. motor vehicle accidents in 2012
  • An additional 2.35 million are injured or disabled
  • An average of 92 people died each day in motor vehicle crashes in 2012—that’s one every 16 minutes
  • Over 1,600 children under 15 years of age die each year
  • Motor vehicle accidents cost the U.S. $230.6 billion per year
  • That comes out to $820 per person
  • The U.S. fatality rate has gone done by almost half from 2.1 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles in 1990 to 1.1 in 2009
  • Car, truck, and motorcycle accidents are the leading cause of death for persons aged 8 – 34

What Can I Do To Reduce My Risk of an Auto Accident?

While you can never completely avoid the risk of a car accident altogether, you can significantly reduce the chance that you or your loved ones suffer serious injury or death.

Wear your seatbelt – Research has found that the proper use of a seatbelt reduces the risk of fatal injury to front-seat passenger car occupants by as much as 45 percent and the risk of moderate-to-severe injury by up to 50 percent.  Observational data from NOPUS has put seatbelt use for all U.S. passenger vehicles at around 86 percent.  Buckle up.

Use car safety seats for children – According to the NHTSA, proper use of child safety seats reduce the risk of fatal injury by 71 percent for infants and by 54 percent for toddlers in passenger car accidents.

Obey the speed limit – The NHTSA reports that 30 percent of fatal accidents are speed related – that amounts to over 10,000 deaths in 2012.

Keep up with safety recalls for your vehicle – 2014 was the “year of the auto recall” with automakers issuing more than 550 recalls for more than 52 million vehicles.  Some of the recalls are for minor issues, but many were issued to fix very real safety issues.  For example, Ford issued a recall for 2 parts in the ignition of several models that could cause the car to shut off and lose steering and prevent the airbag from deploying.  You can search for recalls by vehicle make and model or by entering your car’s VIN into the database at safercar.gov.

Don’t drink and drive – Alcohol was a factor in over 10,000 motor vehicle fatalities in 2012.

Watch out for pedestrians – In 2012, 4,743 pedestrians were killed by cars in the United States and the vast majority were not at intersections. For more information about this topic, visit our pedestrian accidents page.

What are some Examples of Motor Vehicle Accident Cases that Panish Shea & Boyle, LLP have handled?

Our dedicated attorneys have won over $1 billion in verdicts and settlements for their clients. You can view many examples of the cases on their case results page here.

Panish Shea & Boyle LLP – Los Angeles Car Accident Attorneys

The Los Angeles car accident attorneys at Panish Shea & Boyle are no strangers to handling car accident cases involving serious injury or death. We have repeatedly fought for our client’s rights and secured millions of dollars in car accident verdicts and settlements.  Among our wins include a $36.5 million verdict for a woman seriously injured when a truck hit the car in which she was a passenger; a $10 million settlement for the family of a teenager who was killed when a truck rear-ended his family’s vehicle; and a $9 million settlement for another teenager who lost both legs when her vehicle struck a broken highway guardrail. Our Los Angeles Uber accident attorneys have handled claims against this rideshare company and Lyft as well.

We are uniquely equipped to handle all types of motor vehicle accident and crash cases, including collisions with commercial trucks or “big rigs”, automotive product defects; pedestrian accidents; and accidents caused by poor roadway planning or maintenance. If you have been injured in a car accident or even if you simply have questions about highway and road safety, our firm can help.

If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident please call our office in Los Angeles today at 877.800.1700.  We offer a free and confidential case evaluation with our experienced car accident attorneys and serve clients in Orange County, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and across Southern California.

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