The United States has the highest car crash rate of all countries in the world. Statistics published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in 2015 show that 35,092 individuals lost their lives in car crashes that year. When you look at data regarding these accidents, trends start to emerge as to when and why these fatal crashes occur.
Alcohol is the No. 1 reason that fatal car crashes occur. At least 22,015 of the 35,092 fatal crashes that were reported in the U.S. in 2015 involved someone who had consumed alcohol.
The most common type of crash that kills pickup truck or sports utility vehicle (SUV) operators are rollovers. Motorists who drive these types of cars are twice as likely to have a rollover crash than other drivers are.
Hot summer months including August and July are the deadliest months to be out on the road. The most dangerous time of the year for pedestrians to be out walking is during the winter.
Men are twice as likely to die from a car crash than women are. In 2015, 15.7 males per 100,000 died. This is more than double the 6.2 per 100,000 females who lost their lives that same year.
Elderly men, or those age 85 and older, are at the highest risk for death. Those who are 20 and 24 are the second most vulnerable.
July 4 is the one holiday that sees the highest number of car crash fatalities. In 2015, there were 612 of them. Jan. 1 ranks fifth.
The most dangerous night to be out on the road is Saturday. NHTSA data shows that 18 percent of all fatal motor vehicle accidents in 2015 occurred then. Sunday had the second highest amount of deadly crashes. Monday and Tuesdays see very few.
Drunk driving, speeding and other reckless behaviors are often to blame for many fatal crashes in Tennessee. Those who don’t wear seat belts often die in crashes.
When you lose a loved one to an accident, you may wonder how you’ll continue to move forward on your own. While no amount of money will ever replace them, it may take some of the weight off your shoulders. An attorney can have you protect your right to pursue accountability by filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the Knoxville driver responsible for cutting your loved one’s life short.