11.17.2016

A Review Of Pennsylvania 2015 Accident Statistics

In 2015, Pennsylvania recorded 1,200 traffic fatalities, the second-lowest number of traffic fatalities on record in the last 86 years. In 2015, there were 127,127 reportable traffic crashes in Pennsylvania, which injured 80,004 people. The 2015 total of reportable traffic crashes is the eleventh lowest total since 1950 when 113,748 crashes were reported. A reportable crash is one in which an injury or a fatality occurs or at least one of the vehicles involved requires towing from the scene.

Aside from death, the report defines the severity of injuries suffered in crashes as follows:A Review Of Pennsylvania 2015 Accident Statistics

  • Major Injury: A major injury is any injury, other than fatal, which by its severity requires immediate emergency transport, such as an ambulance, to a hospital or clinic for medical treatment and /or hospitalization.
  • Moderate Injury: A moderate injury is any injury that may require some form of medical treatment, but is not life-threatening or incapacitating. Such injuries are visible. Moderate injuries would include several stitches or a broken finger or toe.
  • Minor Injury: A minor injury is any injury that may be treated by first aid application, whether at the accident scene or at a medical facility. Complaints of injuries which are not visible, and do not appear to be of any major or moderate nature, should be considered as minor injuries.

*While there were 1,102 fatal crashes, there were 59,290 in which some type of injury occurred, and 66,753 where only property damage occurred.

*Of the 292,927 people involved in Pennsylvania motor vehicle crashes in 2015: 1,200 were killed; 82,004 were injured; and 209,723 sustained no injury.

*Of the 82,004 people injured in 2015, 3,030 had major injuries; 12,503 had moderate injuries; 40,364 had minor injuries; and 26,107 had injuries of unknown severity.

*153 pedestrians lost their lives in 2015, while there were 179 motorcyclist deaths and 16 bicyclist deaths. Heavy-truck related deaths numbered 149, while there were 345 alcohol-related deaths and 302 speed-related deaths in Pennsylvania in 2015. The good news is that each of these categories experienced a decrease in 2015 from 2014.

n Average in Pennsylvania:

  • Each day 348 reportable traffic crashes occur (about 15 per hour).
  • Each day 3 persons are killed in a reportable traffic crash (one every 7 hours).
  • Each day 225 persons are injured in reportable crashes (about 9 per hour).

Based on Pennsylvania’s 2015 population (12,802,503 people):

  • 1 out of every 44 people are involved in a reportable traffic crash.
  • 1 out of every 10,669 people are killed in a reportable traffic crash.
  • 1 out of every 156 people are injured in a reportable traffic crash.

 
Unfortunately, motor vehicle accidents are an everyday occurrence. At Powell Law, one of our areas of practice revolves around personal injuries, especially those suffered in motor vehicle accidents. If you or a loved one has suffered any type of injury resulting from a motor vehicle, motorcycle, or truck accident, contact Powell Law at call (570) 961-0777. The consultation is FREE and you don’t pay anything unless we win. Our attorneys, past and present, have represented motor vehicle accident victims for 110 years.

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