When analyzing the vast amount of data available on car accidents, experts are able to discern some underlying patterns and trends that play a significant role in contributing to the increased incidence of car wrecks. The main contributing factor that causes or contributes to the majority of car accidents is distracted driving. Distracted driving can include talking on a cell phone, texting while driving, or attending to children while driving—pretty much anything that takes the driver’s main focus away from the road. Established correlations surrounding distracted driving have led to legislation in some states that prohibits talking on a cell phone or texting while driving.
Car accident statistics can be helpful in illuminating danergous behaviors or trends that influence the rate of car collisions. Once recognized, law enforcement agencies and elected officials can take measures to control or limit these dangerous behaviors.
2005-2010 Traffic Fatality Statistics – National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Of all reported accidents:
- 32% involved drunk driving.
- 31% involved speeding.
- 16% involved distraction.
- 11% involved bad weather.
- 12% occurred on Monday
- 12% occurred on Tuesday
- 12% occurred on Wednesday
- 13% occurred on Thursday
- 16% occurred on Friday
- 19% occurred on Saturday
- 16% occurred on Sunday
Distracted Driving (cell phone)
According to the NHTSA’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) in 2009, it is estimated that 5,474 people were killed which was 16% of total driving fatalities and 448,000 were injured which was 20% of total driving injuries on United States roadways in accidents involving distracted drivers.
- Of those people killed 995 involved reports of a cell phone as the distraction which is 18% of fatalities in distraction related crashes.
- Of the drivers involved in fatal crashes which distraction was reported, the 30-39 year olds had the highest proportion of cell phone involvement.
- Of those people injured 24,000 involved reports of a cell phone as the distraction which is 5% of injuries in distraction related crashes.
- Of the drivers injured in accidents which distraction was reported the less than 20 age group had the highest proportion of cell phone involvement.