car crash collision in urban streetAccording to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA), every year, more than 32,000 people lose their lives in car accidents.  The NHSTA also reports that another 2.2 million people are injured in traffic accidents each year, costing society almost $1 trillion in property damage, personal injury, and loss of life.

National Car Accident Statistics

2013, the most recent full year for which traffic statistics were available, 32,719 car accident fatalities were documented. That figure is equivalent to 10.3 deaths for every 100,000 people living in the United States. Initial predictions from the NHSTA and the National Safety Council for 2014 estimate that the number of car accident-related deaths nationwide rose to approximately 35,000.

Every year in the United States, there are over 5 million reported traffic accidents. The NHSTA approximates that an additional 10 million crashes- or more- go unreported each year. According to the Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association (RMIIA), the primary causes of these accidents include:

·         Impaired Driving, which claims over 10,000 lives every year

·         Distracted Driving, including texting and the use of other personal electronic devices which is a factor in hundreds of thousands of crashes annually

·         Drowsy Driving, while it is not always recorded in accident reports, research suggests that fatigue can impair the mind in the same manner as drugs or alcohol; Surveys indicate that more than one-third of motorists routinely operate their vehicle while they are so tired, they cannot keep their eyes open

·         Speeding, which is reported by the NHTSA to be a factor in approximately 30 percent of all collisions

Colorado Car Accident Statistics

Breaking down car accidents state by state we see that despite the fact that Colorado has witnessed a significant and steady decrease in the number of crashes over the last ten or so years, Colorado car accidents continue to claim the lives of hundreds of people each year, and cause injuries to thousands of more.

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) reports that 743 people were killed in car accidents in 2002. That figure dropped to 478 in 2014. Furthermore, the CDOT and Colorado State Patrol report over 10,000 documented traffic accidents.

Further Reading: Distracted Boomers – More Dangerous Than Distracted Teens?

Deadliest Times for car Accidents

Years of comprehensive data collection have shown that certain times are more dangerous than others to be on the road. The CDOT reports that May, June, July, and August witness the greatest average number of crash fatalities in Colorado. Nationwide, the deadliest times for traffic accidents are:

·         Fridays 9 p.m. to midnight

·         Saturdays midnight to 3 a.m.

·         Sundays midnight to 3 a.m.

Compensation for Car Accidents

In 2012, the most recent full year for which statistics were available, the average auto liability claim for property damage was a little more than $3,000, for bodily injury was approximately $14,650, as reported by the RMIIA. The average collision claim for 2012 was $2,950, and the average comprehensive claim was almost $1,600.

Unfortunately, without legal representation, crash victims may end up paying as much as 26% of these costs out-of-pocket. 

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Denver Car Accident Lawyer Robert B. PaysingerIf you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident, you need an experienced Denver car accident lawyer on your side. Call Denver car accident attorney Robert Paysinger today to discuss your case. Our law firm offers FREE case consultations and can be reached at 303.279.0221.


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