Car accidents unfortunately happen all the time, sometimes causing serious injuries or even fatalities in their wake. You may be curious about some facts dealing with car accidents, some astonishing and others not – but each one unique in their own way, relating to something that could happen to any one of us at any time.

  1. All fifty states in the U.S. have some type of law regarding seatbelts. In some states, you are actually permitted to ride without a belt in the back seat under circumstances, and in others it is completely forbidden.
  1. In the United States, you may be surprised to find that over 135 million cars drive on our roadways at any given time. About 1% of those cars will be involved in a major or minor crash.
  1. Each year, approximately 15 children are run over or injured severely by school buses.
  1. It was found that more men fall asleep behind the wheel than women do.
  1. The percentage of car accidents, especially in California, rises rapidly over the Labor Day Weekend, Memorial Day, and 4th of July. Extra precautions should be taken over holidays.
  1. About 40% of crashes ending in fatalities involve alcohol. This percentage increases to 75% if the accident takes place between midnight and 3am.
  1. Vehicle rollovers are some of the most deadly accidents. However, there are many accidents that occur on the roadways such as head on collisions, rear enders, suicides, and side impacts.
  1. If you are between the ages of 16-20, beware! You may face a higher chance of being injured or killed in a car crash than any other age group.
  1. There is a common misconception that car accidents usually happen when you are traveling to a vacation destination. However, this is not true. Most car accidents occur close to home.
  1. It may be a scary thought to know that approximately 300,000 teens are injured in car crashes every year. 5,000 teens will actually die in car crashes, which equals out to 14 teens a day.
  1. If you are talking on a cellphone while driving, your chances of getting into a car crash increase by 400%.
  1. Fatal crashes occur mainly during the weekends between 1am and 3am.
  1. Many car transmissions took whale oil until 1973.
  1. In 1904, the first speeding ticket was issued when the driver was driving at speeds of 12 miles per hour.
  1. In your entire lifetime of driving a vehicle, you will probably curse an estimated 32,000 times.
  1. An average text message takes 4.6 seconds to write and send, which means that you would take your eyes off of the road to drive a length of a football field blind if you are going 55 miles an hour.
  1. Every 12 minutes, a fatality will occur involving car accidents.
  1. In 2011 alone, 1,449 hit and run accidents took place, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
  1. If you were drunk driving and caused an accident, you should expect to have your license revoked. Some other penalties you should expect to face are fines, probation, community service, and possible jail time.
  1. The crash risk among teens is especially hire during the first year because they are new behind the wheel. Teens are more likely to speed, run red lights, make illegal turns, ride with an intoxicated driver, or drive after using alcohol.
  1. Every day, eight teens will die in a DUI crash.
  1. In 3% of all fatal accidents, a fire will occur.
  1. Distracted driving causes thousands of accidents each year. Over 3,000 people were killed in these crashes in 2012. You may know texting and driving as one of the most common causes of these accidents.
  1. A report by Howard University that studied car accidents in Washington, D.C. from 2010 to 2012 found that men were the drivers in 65% of accidents.
  1. Each year, passenger vehicles are to blame for commercial trucking accidents. Some of the most common causes include changing lanes abruptly, unsafe passing, driving in a blind spot, and allowing for wide turns.

Yes, the unfortunate fact is that car accidents occur every single day, sometimes taking the lives of many. Nobody expects to get inside a vehicle and become involved in an accident, which can put a damper on anyone’s day. What happens if you are involved in an accident and sustain injuries? Who should you call? At Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi, we are waiting for your call when you have been involved in a car accident and received serious injuries. Call us today for more information.