In 2010 the U.S. saw the fewest car accidents in recorded history. At the least, they are the fewest car accidents since 1949. This is particularly curious considering the same year saw a spike in the number of collective miles driven.
This fact is at once a point to celebrate and one to urge caution. It is certainly a good thing that our car accident rates have not only reached a plateau but have started a noteworthy decline. However, caution should be urged — a plummet in car accident rates could inspire a false sense of security in drivers. Drivers of cars, truck, motorcycles, and any other motor vehicle should continue to exercise caution on the roads. Particularly in Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania Car Accidents in 2010
In Pennsylvania, there were 121,312 traffic accidents in Pennsylvania in 2010. These accidents resulted in roughly 87,949 injuries and 1,324 deaths. Let’s take an even closer look.
121,312 traffic accidents means…
1 person out of every 44 people living in Pennsylvania was involved in a traffic accident in 2010.
332 traffic accident occurred in Pennsylvania every day. That amounts to about 14 accidents every hour.
87,949 injuries in traffic accidents means…
1 person out of every 144 people living in Pennsylvania was injured in some way in a traffic accident in 2010.
241 people suffered injuries in a traffic accident every day. That amounts to about 10 injuries every hour.
1,324 deaths in traffic accidents means…
1 person out of every 9,541 people living in Pennsylvania was killed in a traffic accident in 2010.
4 people were killed in a traffic accident every day. That amounts to about 1 death every 7 hours.
A breakdown of the numbers shows even considerably low rates of accidents to still be high.
Stuart A. Carpey, who has been practicing as an attorney since 1987, focuses his practice on complex civil litigation which includes representing injured individuals in a vast array of personal injury cases.