Recent reports from the National Safety Council reveal that for the majority of American drivers, operating or being a passenger in a motor vehicle is the most dangerous daily activity encountered. Unfortunately, the average motorist will be involved in some form of an auto accident during their lifetime.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) claims that two out of every three drivers will be involved in an injury accident at some point in their life. In fact, some studies propose that motorists should expect to have some sort of involvement with an accident every 10 years.
At Lewis & Keller, we are passionate about educating North Carolina drivers. An aware driver is a safe driver, put in a much better position to avoid a motor vehicle collision when armored with useful information. As such, we have compiled a few North Carolina auto accident statistics to highlight the dangers on the roads.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a crash, a North Carolina car accident lawyer is prepared to seek justice for you.
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North Carolina Quick Facts
North Carolina is a state with a rich history and a bright future. As the 28th largest state in the U.S. with the 10th largest population, North Carolina roadways and highways can certainly become congested. As various sectors within the state continue to grow, the economy thrives, bringing more and more people the Tar Heel State.
Before we jump into the North Carolina auto accident statistics, here are a few quick facts:
- Charlotte is the largest city in the state
- The economy has shifted to now rely on engineering, finance, and biotechnology
- The highest point of elevation is Mount Mitchell
- North Carolina has a massive system of highways, the largest state preserved highway system in the U.S.
- Charlotte has almost double the population of the next largest city, Raleigh
Traveling within North Carolina’s enormous highway system can be challenging. Remaining aware of surroundings with a base-knowledge of dangers to look out for will help to reduce the likelihood of a collision.
Motor Vehicle Crashes in the United States
Taking a holistic view of the traffic conditions across the country, the United States has seen a bit of improvement in the number of motor vehicles crash in recent years. While numbers vary from state to state, 2010 marked the lowest number of auto-related fatalities since 1949.
While the decline in traffic fatalities is certainly promising, the U.S. must make a big push in the coming years to reduce the number of auto accidents, related injuries, and deaths. Approximately 2.24 million people were injured in a vehicle collision in 2010. As the general population in the country continues to surge, more and more vehicles will be on the road. Motorists must exercise a high level of caution while driving on these congested roads.
Distracted driving, in particular, is one of the fastest growing causes of auto accident in the nation. With more and more distractions available today, motorists are finding that they are impaired in three main ways:
- Visually: while looking at devices, children, etc., drivers are taking their eyes off of the road at an alarming rate
- Cognitively: too many distractions lead to driving while thinking about something else entirely
- Manually: distracted drivers physically take their hands off of the wheel while achieving other tasks
Texting while driving, for example, involves all three of the above distractions. As a result, 3,092 people were killed in 2010 due to the negligence of a distracted driver. If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident, Lewis & Keller is here to help.
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North Carolina Auto Accident Statistics
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the United States ranks accidents as the 5th leading cause of death. Upwards of 30,000 victims are killed each year due to a traffic collision. While the number of accidents in the U.S. has declined, the number of crashes in North Carolina has continued to increase.
Take a look at some North Carolina auto accident statistics from 2010:
- 1,319 died in a traffic crash
- The state accounted for 191 motorcycle fatalities
- 449 traffic fatalities involved a driver with a BAC over .08
- 510 passengers ages 5 and older were saved by a seat belt in an auto collision
- 768 crashes involved a single vehicle
- Wake County ranked 1st for the most traffic fatalities
- Total crash-related deaths costs in one year: $1.50 billion
Motor vehicle accidents in North Carolina have an enormous impact on the state as a whole. If you or a loved one has been injured due to an auto collision, Lewis & Keller is dedicated in our pursuit of justice for you. Our staff handles each and every case with passion, care, and thorough attention to detail.
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