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Common Factors in North Carolina Fatal Crashes

Last year in this country, a person was killed every 16 minutes in a motor vehicle accident. This comes out to 92 dead victims each day.

Many North Carolina car accidents result in serious injuries for those involved. Unfortunately, what many of these accidents have commonalities that oftentimes – had they been heeded – could have avoided the crash completely. Instead, thousands of victims and their families are left picking up the pieces of their life while trying to recover from their injuries or from the loss of the life of their loved one.

The following facts are some of the most common contributors to vehicle accidents:

Almost One-Third of Fatal Crashes are Alcohol-Related

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), last year, there were 10,322 people killed in traffic-related accidents that involved a driver whose blood alcohol content (BAC) was .08 percent or more.

Distracted Driving Responsible More Than 3,000 Deaths in 2017

Last year, 3,328 people were killed in crashes that were caused by a distracted driver. The most common distraction in these fatal accidents was texting while driving. Despite the known dangers, distracted driving crashes increase each year.

Majority of Crashes Occur Close to a Driver’s Home

Two different major studies have been conducted by national insurance companies. One study found that most crashes happened within 25 miles of the driver’s residence. The second concluded that distance was much closer – half of the crashes in one year were within five miles of the driver’s home and another third occurred within 15 miles.

Rollovers Are the Most Deadly Accidents

The types of crashes that kill the most people are rollover accidents. This is because there are a higher number of victims who are ejected from the vehicles, as well as a higher number of head injuries sustained in rollovers than other types of vehicle accidents. Although only three percent of all accidents are rollovers, they are the cause of more than 30 percent of the vehicle accident fatalities.

More Fatal Crashes Are Caused by Men than Women

Multiple studies and data collection sources show that men have a higher rate of causing vehicle accidents than women. For example, one study that examined crashes in Washington D.C. during a two year period found that men were the drivers in 65 percent of the crashes.

Contact a Carolinas Injury Attorney

Tragically, many crash victims do not survive the injuries they suffer in vehicle accidents. Many victims are not able to fully recover from their injuries or develop serious complications from the injury which kills them. If you have lost a family member in a car accident, contact a compassionate North Carolina wrongful death attorney to discuss what legal recourse you may have against the party who caused your loved one’s death.

Our personal injury firm has successfully represented many victims and their families and we are available to meet and discuss the circumstances of your case and how we may be able to help.  We also offer a free wrongful death guide for families who have lost a loved one in an accident. The guide covers topics such as the statute of limitations for filing a wrongful death claim, what types of damages can be pursued, and who can be appointed as personal representative.

Randall E. Appleton
Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Lawyer Serving Va Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake & all of Virginia
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