According to statistics from the North Carolina Department of Transportation, there were 267,494 vehicle accidents in 2016. These crashes caused the deaths of 1,441 victims and injured another 130,137 people. Each of these figures represents an increase from the year before. Nationwide, the number of traffic-related deaths and injuries have increased almost 10 percent.
There have been multiple studies conducted that addressed causes of vehicle accidents. Studies have also been done to find out who are the people most at risk. The following are some of the most top factors that can put people at risk for being involved in a crash:
- Males are more at risk of being killed in a vehicle crash than females are. Men who are between the ages of 20 and 24 and those who are 85 years of age or older are the most at risk.
- Drivers who text and drive greatly increases the risk of being involved in an auto accident. In fact, drivers who use their phones are four times more likely to be in a crash than drivers who do not use their cell phones. That risk spikes if the driver is texting.
- Drivers who travel in one of these nine states are more at risk of being killed or injured in a crash because they have higher crash rates than other states: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and, yes, North Carolina.
- There are certain hours of the day that place drivers more at risk of being in a crash. More fatal crashes occur during the hours of 3 and 9 pm than any other hours of the day.
- There are also certain days of the year which have historically had more car accidents occur than other days of the year: January 1, April 20, July 4, August 2, October 11, and November 1.
- Drivers of pickup trucks who live in rural areas have a much higher-than-average of being killed in crashes.
- Drivers who drive over 55 mph put themselves and those around them at risk of being in a crash. In 2016, speeding was responsible for more than 30 percent of crash fatalities.
- Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. A driver does not have to be legally drunk to have alcohol affect their driving ability. Accident risk spikes even at a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .04 percent, half the legal limit. Thirty percent of all traffic fatalities are alcohol-related. And a driver who is under the influence of drugs increases their crash risk five times more than a driver who is drug-free.
- Almost 90 percent of all drivers wear their seat belts, yet approximately half of all car accident deaths are victims who failed to buckle up when they got in the vehicle.
Contact a Carolinas Accident Attorney for Assistance
If you have been injured in a crash, contact a North Carolina car accident attorney to see what type of financial damages you may be entitled to. The legal team from Shapiro & Appleton have been advocating for injured clients since 1985 and will do all we can to ensure you receive the best possible outcome under the circumstances of your case. If you would like to meet with one of our skilled North Carolina car accident attorneys to find out how we can help, call us today at 800-752-0042 for a free case evaluation.