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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported 37,133 traffic fatalities on our nation’s roads and highways in 2017. While no driver is immune to being the victim of a fatal accident, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety collected and analyzed data of those driver categories most likely to be involved in fatal accidents.
*Fatalities by Gender
Statistically, more men die in motor vehicle accidents than women. Men drive more miles than females annually. Also, male drivers are more likely to engage in perilous and risky driving behavior, such as speeding, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and failing to wear safety belts. As a result accidents caused by male drivers are more severe than those caused by females.
Between 1975 and 2017, the data shows that although more males die in car accidents each year, females are more likely to die when involved with similar severe accidents. Over the same period, male fatalities are twice as common as female fatalities. For example, in 2017, 26,380 males died in accidents, while 10,697 females died.
*Fatalities by Age
Like gender, age plays a substantial role in fatal accident statistics. In 2017, fatal crashes were most likely for motorists 85 and older. The next most at-risk groups are those aged 80-84 and 20-24. Thus, older adults and younger adults die the most frequently in motor vehicle crashes.
In 2017, 2,526 teens lost their lives in accidents, which is the leading cause of teen deaths in the United States. Most fatal accidents involving teens are typically caused by inexperience, distraction, and speeding.
If you or a loved one has suffered any type of injury resulting from a motor vehicle accident, contact Powell Law at (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 113 years. Call today!