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Car Accident Trends, Statistics & Facts That Alabama Drivers Should Know

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As one of the states with the highest car accident rates in the U.S., Alabama can be a difficult state to drive.

The probability of a typical Alabama driver being in a crash of any severity during their lifetime is greater than 90 percent, according to the Alabama Department of Transportation.

If that wasn't convincing enough: Alabama's fatal car accident rate is about 13.7 crash deaths per 100,000 people. Meanwhile, the national rate is 7 per 100,000.

Knowing about safe driving behavior and what you can expect to see on roadways can help reduce your risk of getting into a car accident.

With that in mind, the car accident attorneys at Dean Waite & Associates, LLC have compiled a list of Alabama and national driving statistics and trends you should know.

10 things you need to know

  • The number and rate of car accidents have steadily increased in Alabama over the last 10 years or so. Between 2010 and 2019, crashes went up by almost 24 percent. Fatal crashes went up nearly 8 percent over the same time period.
  • Nationwide, about 38,000 people die every year in traffic accidents like head-on collisions, rear-end crashes, and multi-vehicle pileups. In addition, 4.4 million people are seriously injured or disabled in car accidents each year.
  • Around 930 people died in Alabama crashes in 2019. For every fatality, there were about 50 car accident-related injuries reported, including incapacitating injuries like traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), spinal cord damage, broken bones, fractures, and internal bleeding.
  • Every day in the U.S., about 7 teens die and hundreds are injured due to car accidents.
  • Male drivers between the ages of 16 and 19 are twice as likely to die in a crash compared to females of the same age.
  • Typically, the most deadly day of the year on U.S. roadways is the Fourth of July (Independence Day).
  • A texting driver is 23 times more likely to get into a crash than a non-texting driver. Almost 10 percent of all fatal accidents involve a distracted driver.
  • Speeding has become a bigger factor in deadly crashes over the past decade. Driving too fast for conditions and/or breaking the speed limit now figures into about 26 percent of deadly accidents.
  • While most Alabama crashes happen in urban areas - about 77 percent - most fatal crashes happen in rural communities - 59 percent.
  • People from lower socioeconomic environments and backgrounds are more likely than others to be involved in a car crash or accident.
  • Pedestrian and bicycle traffic accident deaths are continuing to rise across the U.S. In 2019, about 120 pedestrians and bicyclists died in Alabama car accidents.

Don't Dean Waite & Associates

At Dean Waite & Associates, LLC, we help Alabama accident victims fight for the compensation they need and deserve.

If you were injured or lost a loved one in an Alabama wreck, contact our law firm to schedule a free case evaluation with an experienced car accident lawyer.

You have nothing to lose and a lot to gain. Don't wait! Contact us right now to schedule your no-cost case consultation.

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