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How Many Car Accidents Occur Per Year?

It is difficult to estimate how many car accidents actually occur every year because less serious or non-fatal car accidents are occasionally not reported. The United States Census Bureau has attempted to track the number of accidents and how many people are injured or killed. The Department of Transportation generally provides these statistics.

The Census Bureau, however, stopped tracking this in information in October of 2011. The most up-to-date information currently available only extends to 2012, and is provided by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

In 2012, there were an estimated 5,615,000 highway accidents. But that number does not include accidents that occur in neighborhoods or parking lots, for example. Highway accidents are usually the most serious type of accident, so they are easier to track. Some estimates of total accidents including the more minor ones are as high as 10 million per year.

The following table briefly summarizes the most current statistics for each type of vehicle.

Type 2005 2006 Change
Passenger Car 4,498,869 4,341,688 -157,181
Motorcycle 100,686 101,474 +788
Light Truck 3,381,985 3,355,291 -26,694
Large Truck 423,016 367,920 -55,096
Bus 50,427 51,554 +1,127
Total 6,159,000 5,973,000 -186,000

*Created using data from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

Deaths and Injuries Related to Car Accidents

Deaths and injuries are usually easier to estimate, but not everyone will go to the hospital or doctor following an accident. Deaths that occur later but are still likely because of the crash may not be documented well either. However, several federal and international agencies track this type of information.

How Likely Are You to be Involved in an Accident?

The vehicle insurance industry estimates that you will file an insurance claim about once every 17.9 years. That means that over your lifetime, you are likely to be involved in at least three or four accidents. Very young or novice drivers are more likely to be involved in an accident. Other factors may also increase your risk of being involved in an accident:

Accident Costs Add Up

Even if an accident is minor, it can be expensive. In 2010, the average insurance claim for a car accident (to cover injuries of both drivers and anyone else involved in the accident) was $23,450. Most of those claims are usually medical expenses.

Contact the Law Team at Fetterman & Associates, PA

The most common reason that our clients file a personal injury or wrongful death case after a car accident is because insurance will not cover all of their medical expenses or lost wages.

Our car accident lawyer understand the significant financial toll that a serious car accident can take on a family or even an individual. If you have been injured in the West Palm Beach area, contact us by calling 561-845-2510 or using our online contact form.

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