Car Accident Statistics
Every year the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration compiles data from across the United States on car crashes, pedestrian accidents, bicycle accidents, motorcycle accidents, and trucking crashes. These statistics are useful for recognizing trends across the country, as well as identifying problem areas for states to work on. These statistics become the focus of Florida traffic safety officials and are a basis for enacting safety campaigns across the state.
Here are a few car accident statistics from the most recent year released—2012:
- In 2012 there were over 5.6 million car accidents reported across the United States
- There were more than 1.6 million injury accident alone
- Over 50% of all fatally injured motor vehicle passengers were NOT wearing seatbelts.
- The majority of fatal crashes continue to occur in rural areas
- 70% of the fatalities in car accidents were men
- Car accident fatalities increased for the first time in 6 years despite better car safety features
- Fewer children and teenagers were killed in car accidents in 2012!
- The most dangerous times to drive a car continue to be late at night (9-12midnight) and during rush hour (3-6 pm)
Do you need a Miami Car Accident Attorney?
Immediately after a car accident, retaining a lawyer may be the last thing on your mind. You may be concerned about recovering, getting back to work, and getting your car fixed quickly. Yet it is during this time that insurance companies strike. They may offer to have your car repaired quickly and even cut you a check for a nice settlement now. Unfortunately, this is usually only a fraction of what you may need to fully recover.
An experienced Miami car accident attorney can ensure that all of your medical needs are met during this difficult time. In addition, they can prevent the insurance companies from taking advantage of you by offering you a low-ball settlement. To learn more about your legal options, it is important to contact an experienced Miami car accident lawyer immediately for a free review of your case.