Auto Accident Statistics 2020: The Ultimate List

Posted on: November 20, 2020

Auto Accident Statistics: The Ultimate List by Todd's Auto Body

Cars have more safety features than they ever have before. And yet, the United States still experiences millions of automobile accidents year after year. The numbers fluctuate annually, but the trends continue to show that the rate of motor vehicle accidents is steadily increasing.

Here is a list of auto accident statistics to give you an idea of how big this problem has become.

Average Number of Auto Accidents Per Year

  • There are as many as 6.7 million auto accidents per year in the United States.
  • About 3 million people in the U.S. are injured in auto accidents every year.
  • An estimated 90 people are killed in car accidents every day, which equals approximately 32,850 auto accident deaths per year.
  • In the year 1972, the U.S. saw the highest number of fatal accidents ever with 54,589

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Auto Accident Statistics by State

  • Florida has the most car accidents each year on average.
  • Texas had the highest number of fatal accidents in 2018 with 3,305.
  • With an average of 49%, Vermont had the highest percentage of deaths involving cars.
  • Wyoming had the most deaths involving SUVs and pickups with 49%.
  • The highest percentage of pedestrian death is in Hawaii at 36%.
  • The District of Columbia had the highest percentage of automobile accident deaths involving bicyclists with 10%.
  • At 71%, Montana had the highest average of deaths in one-vehicle accidents.
  • Multiple-vehicle accidents were the most common in Nebraska with about 57%.
  • With 896, California sees the highest number of car accident deaths involving alcohol.
  • The lowest use of seat belts when vehicles were involved in accidents happened in New Hampshire with only 28%.
  • California saw the highest percentage of seat belt usage in auto accidents with deaths, averaging about 61%.
  • Michigan has the lowest rate of auto accidents with only about 6% of the population.

Auto Accident Injury Statistics

  • Every year more than 2 million drivers are permanently injured in automobile accidents.
  • More than 60% of backover accidents affecting either adults or children getting injured involve a truck or SUV.
  • Healthcare costs across the U.S. for auto accident injuries can be higher than $75 billion per year total.

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Auto Accident Stats About Seat Belts and Airbags

  • As of 1968, all United States vehicle manufacturers were required to include seat belts in every new model they produced.
  • Airbags have been required in all passenger vehicles since the year 1999.
  • On average, front airbags reduce fatalities in front-side auto accidents by 29%
  • Front-seat passenger fatalities are 32% lower thanks to airbags.
  • 3 out of 5 pickup truck drivers who were killed in an auto accident weren’t wearing their seat belts.
  • Nearly half of the passengers who were killed in car crashes across the U.S. weren’t wearing their seat belts.
  • Between the years of 1987 to 2015, about 44,869 peoples’ lives were saved by frontal airbags.
  • You are 30 times more likely to be thrown from your vehicle during an accident when not wearing a seat belt.
  • An estimated 90% of people in the United States wear their seat belts regularly.
  • Wearing a seat belt can reduce your risk of death in an auto accident by about 45% (also cutting back the risk of injury by 50%).

More Statistics for Auto Accidents

  • Drivers are most likely to get into a car crash in their first year of being licensed.
  • Almost 10 million car accidents are unreported to authorities or insurance companies every year.
  • Nearly 90% of auto accidents are due to driver-related factors such as human error, impairment, fatigue, and distraction.
  • If a driver falls asleep for only four seconds while going 50 mph, they will travel 314 feet. That is like driving longer than the length of a football field with your eyes closed.
  • 22% of all auto accidents across the United States are related to weather.
  • Across the world, more than 1.3 million people die in car accidents every year.
  • Making up nearly one-third of all accidents, rear-end auto accidents are the most common type of collision. Many of these are due to tailgating.
  • Newly licensed drivers are 8 times more likely to get into an accident during the initial three months after they get their license than they are during the final three months they have a learner’s permit.
  • 95% of all railroad fatalities in the United States are due to accidental crossing collisions and pedestrian crossings.
  • Train / automobile accidents have declined by 83% since 1972.
  • Almost 60% of fatal car accidents reported to police only involve a single vehicle.
  • Teens between 15 and 20 years old who don’t have driver education cause over 90% of teen car accidents.
  • More than 10 teens die every day in auto accidents because of texting and driving.
  • Teens are twice as likely to get into a car crash when they have passengers with them. That increases to 5 times as likely if there are two or more total passengers.
  • Nearly one-fourth of teen drivers claim the reason they got into an accident is that they were distracted by one of their passengers.
  • Over half of all auto accidents among teen drivers happened on weekends.
  • People are almost 3 times more likely to get into a car accident when they are sleepy.
  • Left-hand turns, rear-end collisions, and driving off the road are the three most frequent types of auto accidents involving teenagers. Speeding was another factor in nearly one-third of these wrecks.
  • More than $199 billion of damages, injuries, and legal fees are caused by drunk driving every year.
  • Auto accidents are the most common cause of deaths for people between 15 and 29 years old.

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