7 Surprising – and Little Known – Facts About Car Accidents

Mar 02, 2016
by The Atkins & Markoff Team

7 Surprising – and Little Known – Facts About Car Accidents

Car accidents happen every single day in the United States. Whether because of a distracted or impaired driver, weather, a hazard on the road, or a product defect, chances are the majority of those who drive will find themselves involved in some type of accident or another. Because car accidents are such a common occurrence in our society, most people view them as an unavoidable act. However, more often than not car accidents take place because of another person’s carelessness or recklessness. In fact, the majority of car accidents could actually be avoided if drivers focused on the road instead of other distractions.

Regardless of whether you have been driving for one year or 30, a car accident is a traumatizing experience that can lead to serious injuries, long-term emotional troubles, and even death. As Oklahoma’s experienced car accident attorneys, we have seen it all. We understand how overwhelming these types of accidents can be, especially if you have sustained an injury or lost a loved one because of another driver’s negligible actions. If you have been involved in a serious car accident in Oklahoma, contact Atkins & Markoff today.

Here are a few facts that may surprise you about car accidents in the U.S.:

  • Nearly half of all fatal car accidents involve alcohol. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), roughly 40 percent of all traffic-related fatalities in the U.S. involve a driver who is under the influence of alcohol.
  • The first speeding ticket was issued in 1904. The first record of a speeding ticket being issued can be traced back to the early 20th century, and the violator was going a shocking 12 miles per hour! Speeding is the second leading cause of car accidents in the United States and contributes to about one third of all accidents, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.
  • The majority of car accidents occur within 25 miles of a person’s home. According to a recent study by several large insurance companies, most car accidents occur within 25 miles of a person’s home and about half were within five miles of home.
  • Distracted driving results in thousands of accidents every year. Approximately 3,500 people were killed in car accidents involving a distracted driver last year alone. Today, the most common type of distracted driving is texting while driving.
  • The most deadly type of car accident is a rollover. Rollover crashes are considered the most dangerous type of car accident because of the high ejection rate and the fact that many victims sustain head injuries.
  • Men are more likely to cause a car accident than women. According to statistics, men have caused more accidents than women.
  • A fatal car accident occurs every 16 minutes. According to the NHTSA, someone dies in a car accident in the U.S. every 16 minutes. That equals 92 people per day.

These facts about car accidents are not meant as a fear tactic, but instead to educate you about why these types of accidents take place. To learn more about car accidents in Oklahoma or to schedule a consultation with one of our knowledgeable personal injury attorneys, contact Atkins & Markoff today.