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CAR ACCIDENT STATISTICS
Car accidents continue to be one of the greatest threats to Americans, accounting for more accidental deaths than any other factor but drug poisoning. When operating a car, a driver assumes an implied responsibility for the safety of their passengers and other motorists on the road, but unfortunately, many drivers fail to uphold safe driving practices.
U.S. VEHICLE ACCIDENTS 2009
10.8 million motor vehicle accidents
2.2 million suffered injuries
3,071 deaths in Texas alone (over 8.5% of the total fatalities in the country)
MAJOR CAUSES OF MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENTS
Excessive speed accounts for an extremely high percentage of mtor vehicle accidents.
10591: TOTAL FATALITIES IN 2009 DUE TO EXCESSIVE SPEED
represents 31% of the total traffic deaths in the country for the year
40%: the percentage of traffic deaths in Texas due to excessive speed
01251 DEATHS OCCURED IN HIGHWAY
07954 DEATHS OCCURED IN SURFACE ROADS
OVER 25% OF SPEED-RELATED ACCIDENTS OCCURRED ON NON-INTERSTATE ROADS AT THIS SPEED LIMIT
ABOUT 11% OF SPEED-RELATED FATALITIES OCCURRED AT SPEED LIMITS UNDER 35MPH THROUGH 55MPH
Driver distraction is a growing problem as smartphones and other portable devices become more and more central to drivers' lives.
448000 TOTAL INJURIES IN 2009 CAUSED BY DISTRACTIONS
Inattention cuased by shifting focus to an activity other than driving accounts for 20% of all crashes.
04898 ROAD FATALITIES CAUSED BY DISTRACTIONS
Represents 16% of the total fatal accidents caused by distractions
Alocohol intoxication has remained a steady threat throughout the years
45230 DRIVERS INVOLVED IN FATAL CRASHES IN 2009
22.3% Of the drivers were legally intoxicated.
ALL DRIVERS AGED 21-24 WHO WERE INVOLVED IN FATAL CRASHES
34.5% Were intoxicated.
WOMEN ARE LESS LIKELY TO CAUSE FATAL DRUNK DRIVING ACCIDENTS COMPARED TO THEIR MALE COUNTERPARTS
13.7% Fatal crashes caused by female.
25.4% Fatal crashes cause by male.