A car accident injury occurs every 14 seconds in the U.S. Many of those car accidents result in fatalities.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 703 total Louisiana car accident fatalities in 2013.
Drunk drivers were involved in many of those car accidents, and responsible for 234 fatalities. In the US, there were 32,719 total car accident fatalities, 10,076 of which involved drunk drivers.
Speeding-related fatalities in Louisiana totaled 193.
Motorcycle accidents resulted in 86 deaths. Of those motorcycle fatalities, 66 riders were wearing their helmets and 18 were not wearing a helmet (two unknown). Two motorcyclists were under 20 years old, 28 riders were between 20-29 years old, 17 riders were between 30-39 years old, 15 riders were between 40-49, 12 riders were between 50-59, and 12 were over 59 years old.
There were 97 pedestrian deaths and 14 bicycle deaths arising from car accidents.
Louisiana car accident fatalities were also sorted by vehicle type:
Passenger car accidents resulted in 243 deaths.
Pickup truck accidents resulted in 137 deaths.
Utility vehicle accidents led to 86 deaths.
And van accidents led to ten fatalities.
Sorting the Louisiana car accident deaths by crash type:
Single vehicle accidents resulted in 403 deaths.
Large trucks were involved in accidents leading to 84 deaths.
One-Hundred Ninety-Seven deaths arose from roll-over accidents.
Vehicles leaving the roadway caused 435 fatalities.
And car accidents involving an intersection caused 119 deaths.
Caddo Parish has the fourth highest amount of car accident fatalities in Louisiana, with 25 over the past five years, including four in 2013. Bossier Parish was not in top ten parishes for car accident fatalities.
Here are some more national statistics from the NHTSA:
In 2012, 10,219 lives were lost due to speed-related car accidents. In 2010, speeding caused 21% of the total economic loss stemming from car accidents – or $210 billion(NHTSA).
Speeding was a contributing factor in 30% of all fatal crashes in 2012.
Over 900 people die each year and almost 2,000 are injured by vehicles running red lights.
A November 2013 survey conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety showed 28.3% of drivers said that in the past month they had driven when they were so tired that they had a hard time keeping their eyes open. Another survey found that 41% of drivers said they had “nodded off” at least once in their lives while driving and 11% said they had in the past year. Moreover, 16.5%, about one in six fatal crashes, involved a drowsy driver.
The NHTSA defines “distraction-affected crashes” as those that involve distractions such as dialing a cellphone or texting and distraction by an outside person or event. There were 421,000 injuries and 3,328 deaths caused by distraction-affected crashes in 2012. Distraction-affected fatal crashes accounted for 10% of all fatal accidents in the US, 18% of injury accidents, and 16% of all car accidents.
In 2012, 1.5% of drivers were text-messaging or visibly manipulating hand-held devices. Hand-held cellphone use by drivers was 5% in 2012, equal to the previous three years. Hand-held cellphone use was highest among 16-24 year olds at 6% and lowest among drivers 70 and older at 1%.
Among drivers age 18-29, 48% used the internet on a cell phone while driving. One-third of those drivers engaged in social media while driving. And 43% of those drivers checked their email while driving. See State Farm study released in late 2012.
In 2010, medical expenses and productivity losses related to auto accident injuries was over $99 billion, or nearly $500 for every American with a drivers license, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
There are millions of car accident injuries each year:
2.93 million injuries in 2002.
2.89 million injuries in 2003.
2.79 million injuries in 2004.
2.54 million injuries in 2005.
2.35 million injuries in 2006.
2.22 million injuries in 2007.
2.24 million injuries in 2008.
2.21 million injuries in 2009.
2.36 million injuries in 2010.
If you have been injured in a car accident, call a Shreveport car accident lawyer. Call J.P.