50+ Car Accident Statistics in the U.S. & Worldwide

Last updated: 04-01-2020

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50+ Car Accident Statistics in the U.S. & Worldwide

​Please remember to follow traffic safety laws on the road so you don't become another statistic!
Key Car Accident Statistics in 2020
Here are three answers to the biggest questions we've seen around car crash statistics:
How Many Car Accidents Are There Per Year?
Every year, there are approximately 6 million car accidents in the US alone.
How Many Car Accidents Per Day?
On average, there are 16,438 car crashes per day in the US.
How Many Car Accident Deaths Are There Per Year?
Nearly 1.25 million people ​are killed in ​​car crashes each year. On average, that's 3,287 deaths a day. An additional 20-50 million are injured or disabled.
Annual Global Road Accident Statistics
Auto accidents are a global epidemic, not refined to the U.S.. Here are the most important road crash statistics across the globe:
Nearly 1.25 million people are killed in car accidents each year. That means, on average,  auto accidents cause 3,287 deaths per day.
An additional 20-50 million people are injured or disabled.
More than half of all ​road traffic deaths occur among young adults ages 15-44.
Automotive crashes rank as the 9th leading cause of death and account for 2.2% of all deaths globally.
Car crashes are the leading cause of death among young people ages 15-29 and the second leading cause of death worldwide among young people and teen drivers ages 5-14.
Each year nearly 400,000 people under 25 die on the world’s roads, on average over 1,000 a day.
Over 90% of all road fatalities occur in low- and middle-income countries, which have less than half of the world’s vehicles.
Road crashes and road traffic deaths cost USD $518 billion globally, costing individual countries 1-2% of their annual GDP.
​Road traffic crashes cost low- and middle-income countries USD $65 billion annually, exceeding the total amount received in developmental assistance.
Road traffic injuries are predicted to become the fifth leading cause of death by 2030.
On average, nearly 2 million ​drivers are permanently disabled​ every year.
According to the National Motor Vehicle Crash Causation Survey (NMVCCS) ​conducted from 2005 to 2007 with the aim of identifying the crucial factors that lead to motor vehicle crashes, fewer than 10% of accidents are caused by vehicle defects, the environment, ​or unknown reasons. In other words, more than 90% of all motor vehicle crash deaths stem from user error.

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Annual United States Car Crash Statistics
This section of the report covers all the studies and statistics related to car accidents and car deaths per year within the United States.
On average, there are 6 million car accidents in the U.S. every year. That's roughly 16,438 per day.
​Of these crashes, 22,471 ​caused only property damage.
Over 37,000 Americans die in automobile crashes per year. ​More than 90 people die in accidents every day.​​
An additional 3 million are injured or disabled annually.
Road crashes are the single greatest annual cause of death of healthy U.S. citizens traveling abroad.
Over 1,600 children under 15 years of age die in car crashes each year.
Nearly 8,000 people are killed in crashes involving drivers ages 16-20.
Automotive accidents cost the U.S. $230.6 billion per year, or an average of $820 per person.
​The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that during 2016, 89.6% of drivers were properly buckled up.
According to 2016 Road Safety Facts data​, 29 people die every day in automotive crashes caused by drunk drivers.
​Teen drivers aged 16 to 19 are three times more likely to be involved in car crashes than older drivers. A study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows that teenage drivers are at greater risk than elderly people. ​Roughly 12.2% of ​motor vehicle crashes are ​caused ​teen driving, while just 7.5% were caused by drivers over 65​.
Nearly 1.6 million car crashes were caused by cell phone use while driving. ​So 1 out of every 4 ​motor vehicle accidents is caused by ​texting and ​driving.​​​
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General Auto Accident Stats
This section will discuss general statisctis, facts and trends in the auto industry:
The most common causes of accidents resulting in death are drunk driving (40%), speeding (30%), and irresponsible driving (33%).*
1 in 7 people don't wear their seat belt while driving.
Seat belt use cuts the risk of serious injury by 50% and the risk of death by 45%.
People not wearing a seat belt are 30 times more likely to be ejected from the vehicle in the event of a crash. Restraint use helps avoid unneccessary road accident deaths.
About 58% of fatal car accidents involve only one vehicle, and 38% are caused by a traffic collision.
In terms of accidents by state, the most crashes occurred in Texas and California during 2018.
Most car accidents happen on the weekends.
The most common places where car accidents occur are parking lots, rural highways, stop signs, and two-lane roads. Additionally, many accidents happen during rush hour and in intersections.
The odds that you’ll get injured while driving are just 0.7% in a single year.
​According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates, the cost of traffic accidents is almost $900 billion ​per year.
How many U.S. fatal car accidents occur on highways? The death rate in the U.S. is three times higher than in the UK — 11 deaths per 100,000 population ​every year. Arizona’s I-10 highway is considered the most dangerous highway in the U.S. with 916 traffic fatalities in 2018 alone.
​*​Drunk driving is not reported in all states and some only report a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 or more.
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