Connecticut Car Accident Statistics
Car accident statistics are a stark reminder that 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.
The Flood Law Firm hopes you can use the following information to drive a little safer. If the worst does happen, our attorneys are always on hand to listen to your story and offer counsel on how to move forward after a car accident. Call our offices at (860) 346-2695 for a consultation at no cost and with no obligation.
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Connecticut Car Accident Factors
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 28% of all accidents on 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 right of way. Over 18,000 accidents, or 18% of accidents overall, occurred in CT in 2011 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:
- Speeding: 9.42%
- Improper lane changing: 4.96%
- Unsafe backing up: 4.02%
Additionally, about one in three traffic deaths in the U.S. involve a driver who is under the influence of alcohol. In 2014, drinking and driving statistics from MADD reported 114 drunken driving fatalities in Connecticut, representing 41.3% of all traffic deaths in the state – an increase of 14% from 2013. This demonstrates the clear and present danger we’re in when people choose to drink and drive.
Connecticut Traffic Accidents Deaths, by Person Type and Vehicle Type
Reports show that passenger cars are by far the most likely to be in an accident, with 57% of total accidents involving a passenger car. Light trucks and motorcycles both account for nearly 20% of traffic deaths, and big trucks, buses and other large vehicles make up the remaining percentage.
Car crash statistics also show that males are involved in the majority of Connecticut car accidents, with more than 55% of traffic crashes reported as being caused by men. In over 75% of all fatal accidents, a male driver was responsible for the crash. Females were responsible for nearly 24% of fatal accidents, and the remaining percentage was unknown.
Connecticut Traffic Death Statistics, by Age
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:
Connecticut Occupant Traffic Death Statistics, by Restraint Use
In 2013, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety estimated that 87% of Connecticut residents prudently wore their seat belt, as required by law. Still, during the year there were 80 fatally injured car occupants who were using restraints, and 75 fatally injured occupants who were not.
Pedestrian Traffic Deaths
The number of pedestrians killed in traffic accidents in 2010 was 46, ranking Connecticut 23rd out of all states in fatality totals.
The pedestrian fatality rate is a calculation of the number of pedestrians killed in car crashes per 100,000 people. The pedestrian fatality rate in CT for the year 2010 was 1.29.
The ‘First Harmful Event’
In a car wreck, the collision that causes an injury that proves fatal to a person is referred to as the first harmful event. In 2010, this category was dominated by collisions with fixed objects, at 46%.
Collisions with other motor vehicles, at 30.5%, made up the second most common first harmful event. Third-most common was collisions with non-motorists, at 16.4%, with the rest of the first harmful events made up of overturns (non-collision), collisions with unfixed objects and other factors.
Connecticut Fatal Car Crashes, By Road Type
The type of road motorists are driving on 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.
Following is a listing of fatal car crashes by road type.
- Urban Interstate: 263
- Minor arterial (road linking cities to smaller areas): 58
- Other Principal Arterial: 56
- Collector Arterial (intra-country or intra-neighborhood routes): 48
- Local Roadway (streets feeding more populated roads): 48
- Freeway and Expressway: 25
- Rural Interstate: 3
Global and National Car Accident Statistics
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 also the leading cause of death for people between the ages of 15 and 29. 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 accidents are currently the 9th leading cause of death on the planet, but are projected to become the 5th largest 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.