No matter how safe we attempt to be, there is always the chance that a reckless individual will drive irresponsibly and cause a collision that can seriously impact our lives.
In 2015, the death toll in Connecticut from motor vehicle accidents increased by 14 percent from the previous year. In total, there were 283 motor-vehicle related deaths in 2015 alone, compared to 249 in 2014 and 276 in 2013. With so many tragic car accidents occurring right in our own backyard, understanding how they happen may shed some light on how to avoid them.
No matter how careful you are, a reckless driver can make a mistake that endangers you or your entire family. The lawyers at The Flood Law Firm are dedicated to representing people who have been affected by car accidents in Connecticut and need help.
The majority of Connecticut car accidents are caused by a driver following another vehicle too closely on the road. We commonly call this “tailgating,” and it’s responsible for 30% of all accidents in Connecticut. It’s jarring to learn just how often this maneuver can leave people with injuries, damaged property, or worse.
The second-largest factor in car accidents here in CT is a violation of one of the first rules of traffic – granting the right of way. Over 12% of accidents overall occurred in CT in 2014 because a driver failed to grant the right of way.
Here are some other car accident causes, as well as the percentage of accidents in which they play a factor:
In addition, almost 29 people in the United States die in alcohol-impaired vehicle crashes- or one person every 50 minutes.
In 2014, there were 74 fatal crashes from someone driving under the influence, representing 31.62% of all fatal crashes.
Reports show that passenger cars are by far the most likely to be in an accident, with 76% of total accidents involving a passenger car. After automobiles, motorcycles caused the most deadly accidents, at 16% of all fatal crashes.
Car crash statistics also show that males are involved in the majority of Connecticut car accidents, with more than 71% of traffic crashes reported as being caused by men. In over 88% of all fatal accidents, a male driver was responsible for the crash. Females were responsible for 10% of fatal accidents, and the remaining percentage was unknown.
The overwhelming majority of traffic deaths involve people over the age of 16 because drivers are more likely to suffer fatal injuries than passengers in a crash. Here is a list of age groups and the percentage of traffic fatalities they are involved in:
In 2016 the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety estimated that 89% of Connecticut residents prudently wore their seat belts, as required by law. Still, during that year there were 73 fatally injured car occupants who were using restraints and 63 fatally injured occupants who were not.
The number of pedestrians killed in traffic accidents in 2014 was 47, and pedestrian injuries reached 1020.
Of the pedestrians who were killed in 2014 crashes, the highest percentage was those aged 20-24 (12.77%). 15-19 year-olds account for the greatest percent of pedestrians injured at 12.98%.
In a car wreck, the collision that causes an injury that proves fatal to a person is referred to as the first harmful event. Most vehicles were involved in a collision with another vehicle, while it was parked or also in motion.
The first most common type was a motor vehicle in motion (163,127), 2nd is a parked vehicle (13,714), third is utility pole (2,275)
The type of road on which motorists drive has a large influence on the chances of a crash. Traffic, population, speed limits and other factors may all affect driving stability and potentially contribute to a fatal crash.
The following is a list of fatal car crashes by road type:
Almost 1.3 million people die worldwide each year because of car accidents. That’s an average of over 3,000 each day.
Road crashes are the leading cause of death among teenagers and young adults ages 15-29, and the second leading cause of death worldwide among young people ages 5-14. Every year, almost 400,000 people under 25 die from motor vehicle accidents.
Over 90% of the world’s road fatalities occur in low- and middle-income countries, which possess less than half of the world’s motor vehicles.
Road traffic crashes rank as the 9th leading cause of death and accounts for 2.2% of all deaths globally. Unless action is taken, road traffic injuries are predicted to become the fifth leading cause of death by 2030.
In the U.S. alone, over 37,000 people die each year from car crashes, and over 2 million are injured or disabled. Distracted driving statistics from 2013 demonstrate that over 3,000 people were killed in crashes involving drivers distracted by everything from cell phone use and grooming, eating, and using navigation systems.
These wrecks do more than $230 billion in property damages each year, but more importantly, they severely impact or cut short the lives of too many Americans. Regardless of trends, statistics prove that by year, by age, by gender, or by any other category, car accidents are a danger that can affect anyone at any time.