2009 car accident statistics reveal 33,808 fatalities

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) reports that 33,808 people died in motor vehicle accidents in 2009.

The IIHS just published car accident data for the year 2009. The statistics are from data collected by the US Department of Transportation’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS).

The following information was gleaned from the report:

Alcohol Related motor vehicle accident fatalities
– A driver’s Blood Alcohol (BAC) increases the probability of a fatal accident. While 0.08% is the legal limit for intoxication in Washington state, the probability of a fatal accident rises significantly after 0.05%.

Bicycle accident fatalities – 630 bicyclists were killed in accidents with motor vehicles in 2009 which is a decline by 37% since 1975. Every year, more male bicyclists are killed than female.

Child Fatalities – In 2009, 1,062 children died in motor vehicle accidents. This was a 1% increase over the previous year but a 71% decline since 1975. Child safety seat laws, vehicle air bags, and placing children under the age of 12 in the back seat, have all been factors in reducing the death rate.seattle car accident attorney

Fixed object accidents –
In 2009, 7,800 people were killed in motor vehicle accidents which involved hitting a fixed object. About 20% of fatal car accidents occur when a driver loses control of the vehicle and hits a fixed object like a tree, traffic barrier or utility pole. Alcohol is often a factor in these types of accidents.

Motorcycle accidents – In 2009, 4,281 motorcyclists died in accidents. Fatal motorcycle accidents started declining in the early 1980s but starting in 1998, they increased through 2008. Last year, motorcycle accident fatalities decreased by 16% but accounted for 13% of all motor vehicle crash deaths. Head injuries are the leading of death in motorcycle accidents so helmet use is essential.

Pedestrian accidents – 4,409 pedestrians were killed in motor vehicle accidents in 2009. Pedestrian accident deaths account for 12 percent of motor vehicle accident deaths. People ages 70 and over are the highest at risk.

Teenage motor vehicle accidents – 3,466 teenagers between the ages of 13-19 were killed in motor vehicle accidents in 2009. While car accident deaths have decreased every year since 1975, teenagers are four times as likely to die in a car accident based on miles driven than older drives. Most at risk are teenage boys; 2 out of 3 of every teenagers to die in a car accident is male.

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
Highway Loss Data Institute Fatality Facts

This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in car accidents due to the negligence of another driver and the family of those killed.

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