Nationwide, there were more than 9 million vehicle crashes in 2010, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. These accidents left 1.99 million people with some type of injury. Unfortunately, 22,187 people lost their live in vehicles crashes that year.
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Statistics on North Carolina Auto Accidents
Sadly, thousands of lives were lost in North Carolina vehicle collisions in 2011. Listed below are some NC accident fatality statistics based off data collected by The University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center in 2011:
- There were 1,224 fatal crashes that resulted in 2,849 deaths.
- Drivers between the ages of 16-19 were involved in 131 fatal accidents.
- There were 194 fatal accidents that involved at least one driver over the age of 64.
- Drivers over the age of 74 were involved in seven percent of fatal crashes.
- Thirty-two percent of all fatal accidents involved two vehicles.
- Twenty-six percent all of fatal crashes were speed-related.
- Nearly one-third of all auto accident fatalities were alcohol-related.
- Weather was contributing factor in two percent of all fatal crashes.
- Five percent of all fatal crashes occurred in rainy conditions.
- Almost six percent of all auto accident fatalities occurred in Wake County.
- Sixty percent of all traffic fatalities occurred in rural areas of the state.
The NHTSA found the following results about NC auto accident fatalities in 2011:
- Alcohol-impaired driving accident killed 365 people.
- Unrestrained passenger vehicle occupants accounted for 379 auto accident fatalities.
- Occupants in pick-up trucks made up nearly one-fifth of all auto accident fatalities.
- Rollover accidents claimed the lives of 357 people.
- There were 178 fatalities in intersection-related accidents.
- Mecklenburg County has the most auto accident fatalities, followed by Wake County.
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How to Avoid an Accident
While some car accidents are unavoidable, drivers can take certain precautions to reduce their chances of being in an accident. North Carolina motorists can keep themselves and their loved ones safe on the road by following the tips below:
- Drive slowly, speeding was one of the leading factors in fatal crashes.
- Avoid driving in adverse weather conditions.
- Never drive under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.
- Always wear a seat belt.
- Allow negligent, reckless drivers to pass you.
- Never tailgate the vehicle in front of you
- Avoid all distractions while driving, such as cell phones and GPS devices.
If you follow the tips above, you will decrease your odds of being in a collision.
Contact a Winston-Salem Wrongful Death Attorney
If your loved one was killed in auto accident due to the negligent actions of another, you may be entitled to compensation. Family members of the deceased may be able to recover damages for medical expenses, funeral costs, emotional trauma and other losses associated with the traffic crash. Contact Lewis & Keller today for legal counsel regarding wrongful death claims.
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