Car Accidents Facts

  • In 2004 there were 6.2 million accidents reported by the police.
  • In 2004 2.8 million people were injured in car accidents and 42,636 were killed.
  • 39 percent of fatal crashes involved alcohol. Between midnight and 3 in the morning the percentage rose to 76%.
  • The time with the most fatal accidents is weekend nights between midnight and 3am.
  • Every year about 14 school kid pedestrians are killed by school buses.
  • The time in which most school kid pedestrian deaths occur is between 3pm and 4pm.
  • Fires occurred in .1 percent of all accidents but in 3 percent of fatal accidents.
  • People ages 16-20 had the highest fatality and injury rates in car accidents per 100,000 people.
  • Seat belt laws exist in all 50 states.
  • The national fatality rate for pedestrians is 1.58 per 100,000. New Mexico was highest at 2.94 and Nebraska lowest at .52.

source: NHTSA