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How Many People Die In Car Accidents Every Year? Plus Over 51 Car Accident Statistics For 2022!

Written By Licensed Agent Sa ElJanuary 21, 2022

Every day, more than 3,700 people die in car accidents around the world. That's over 1 million people a year! Fortunately, that number has been dropping in recent years as cars become safer and accident prevention measures are taken. But while other sorts of vehicle collisions are declining, there are still new driving distractions that might push this number up. Texting and driving was linked to over 951,000 vehicle accidents throughout the world last year, for example.

Top U.S. & Worldwide Car Accident Statistics:

  • Every year, approximately 1.35 million people are killed in motor vehicle accidents across the world.
  • Each day, there are nearly 3,700 fatalities in automobile accidents globally.
  • More than 94% of all vehicle accident deaths are caused by user error.
  • The number one cause of death for people aged 1 to 54 is automobile accidents
  • Every year, there are 6 million automobile accidents in the United States alone.
  • In the United States, there are approximately 18,510 automobile accidents each day.
  • Every year, 2.7 million individuals are hurt in automobile accidents.
  • 38,000 Americans die in car crashes every year.

Number Of Car Accident Deaths Per Year Worldwide

How Many People Die In Car Accidents Every Year? 


Every year, 1.35 million people are killed in car accidents across the world.

How Many People Die In Car Accidents Every Day? 


Every day, 3,700 people are killed in automobile accidents worldwide.

What Is The Cause Of So Many Motor Vehicle Crash Deaths? 


User error causes more than 90 percent of all motor vehicle accident fatalities.

Key Statistics:


  • Almost half of all road fatalities occur among persons aged 15 to 44.
  • Every year, about 2 million drivers are made permanently disabled on average.
  • Car accidents are the 8th leading cause of death, accounting for 2.2% of all deaths worldwide.
  • Car accidents are the top cause of death among children and young adults ages 5 to 29.
  • Car Accidents are the second most common cause of death worldwide among teenagers and teen drivers aged 5 to 14.
  • Almost three-quarters (73%) of all road traffic fatalities occur among young males under the age of 25.
  • The majority of road deaths occur in low- and middle-income nations with fewer than half of the world's cars.
  • Traffic accidents and fatalities cost a country roughly 3% of its annual GDP each year.
  • Low- and middle-income countries lose USD $65 billion each year as a result of vehicle accidents.
  • By 2030, road traffic injuries are expected to become the fifth major cause of death in the United States.

Number Of Automobile Accidents Per Year Worldwide

How Many People Are Injured In Car Crashes Each Year?  


Around the world, around 20 and 50 million automobile accidents happen every year.

How Many Car Accidents Happen Per Day? 


Every day, between 55,000 and 138,000 automobile accidents occur worldwide.

Key Statistics:


  • Every year, about 2 million drivers are made permanently disabled on average.
  • Low- and middle-income countries lose USD $65 billion each year as a result of vehicle accidents.

Number Of Fatal Car Accidents In America

How Many People Die From Car Accidents Each Year In The U.S.?


Every year, there are 38,000 automobile fatalities in the United States.

How Many Car Accident Deaths Happen Per Day In The U.S.A.?


More than 100 people die each day in automobile accidents in the United States.

Traffic Fatalities In America by State


The most recent statistics show that there were 33,244 fatal motor vehicle accidents in the United States, with 36,096 fatalities. The state of Texas has the most fatal crashes in America at some 3,305.  Followed by California (3,259), Florida (2,915), Georgia (1,407), and North Carolina (1,321). Rhode Island has the least amount of fatal crashes in America with only 56 fatal crashes.

STATE

FATAL CRASHES

Alabama

930

Alaska

67

Arizona

981

Arkansas

505

California

3606

Colorado

596

Connecticut

249

Delaware

132

District of Columbia

23

Florida

3183

Georgia

1491

Hawaii

108

Idaho

224

Illinois

1009

Indiana

809

Iowa

336

Kansas

411

Kentucky

732

Louisiana

727

Maine

157

Maryland

521

Massachusetts

334

Michigan

985

Minnesota

364

Mississippi

643

Missouri

880

Montana

184

Nebraska

248

Nevada

304

New Hampshire

101

New Jersey

559

New Mexico

424

New York

931

North Carolina

1373

North Dakota

100

Ohio

1153

Oklahoma

640

Oregon

489

Pennsylvania

1059

Rhode Island

57

South Carolina

1001

South Dakota

102

Tennessee

1135

Texas

3615

Utah

248

Vermont

47

Virginia

831

Washington

519

West Virginia

260

Wisconsin

566

Wyoming

147

Key Statistics: 


  • Every day, 29 people are killed in motor vehicle accidents caused by drunk drivers, according to 2021 Road Safety Facts data. 
  • The leading cause of death in persons aged 1 to 54 in the United States is vehicle crashes.
  • One of the most common causes of death among healthy Americans traveling abroad is vehicle accidents.
  • Every year, nearly 1,200 kids under the age of 16 are killed in automobile accidents.
  • It's terrible. According to the CDC, there are nearly 8,000 fatalities each year among drivers under the age of 20.

Number Of Automobile Accidents In The United States

How Many Car Accidents Happen Per Year In America?


There are 6 million car accidents in the United States each year.

How Many Car Crashes Happen A Day In The U.S.?


Around 18,510 automobile accidents occur every day in the United States.

How Many Americans Are Injured In Car Crashes Each Year?


Every year, 3 million individuals are injured or disabled in automobile accidents.

Key Statistics:


  • Of the 3 million automobile accidents, 22,471 were caused only by property damage.
  • Every year in the United States, $871 billion is lost due to automobile accidents, which equals an average of $900 per person.
  • Teenagers aged 16 to 19 are three times more likely to be involved in automobile accidents than those over the age of 20.
  • Almost 951,000 vehicle accidents are linked to texting and driving.

General Auto Accident Statistics

What is the most common cause of car crash deaths?


The most frequent reasons of fatalities caused by accidents are driving under the influence (28%) and speeding (26%). (CDC and NSC)

Key Statistics:


  • 1 in 7 drivers don't use their seat belt when they're behind the wheel. 
  • The chance of serious harm is reduced by 50% with seat belt use, and the risk of death is decreased by 45%.
  • In the event of a collision, those who do not use their seat belts are 30 times more likely to be ejected.
  • Only one vehicle was involved in 57% of fatal automobile accidents, and a traffic accident was to blame for 43%.
  • The majority of vehicle accidents happen on weekends, particularly on Saturday nights between 9 p.m. and 12 a.m.
  • The most common locations where automobile accidents occur are parking lots, rural highways, stop signs, and two-lane roads. 
  • According to the NHTSA's calculations, the cost of traffic accidents totals almost $900 billion each year.

Concluding Thoughts

Taking Action


We hope you found these auto accident statistics enlightening and eye-opening because the number of car accidents and fatalities worldwide is staggering.

I can't believe over 1 million people are killed every year due to car accidents and that we (humans) are over 90% responsible for all car accidents.

It's always important to be aware of the risks involved in driving a car, which is why it's so important to get insured before taking your vehicle out on the road.

Sources:


NHTSA | USA Today | NSC | CDC | WHO | 

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