Car Accident Statistics
Search for car accident statistics on the Internet and you’ll find many by state, and even country. The US Census Bureau keeps track of vehicle accidents and fatalities in many categories including by state, by severity, by cause, and even by type, such as a rollover accident.
According to CNN Money online, US car accidents cost $164.2 billion annually and the cost to each driver is approximately $1,000 a year. Surprisingly, CNN Money included a survey conducted by the Texas Transportation Institute that revealed, “Traffic congestion costs the nation $67.6 billion each year, or $430 per person," much lower than car accidents themselves, yet people seem angrier at traffic congestion.
Robert L. Darbelnet, President of the AAA Motor Club told CNN Money that over 43,000 people die each year from car accidents. He further offered, even with all these deaths, “the annual tally (cost) of motor vehicle-related fatalities barely registers as a blip in most people’s minds."
As far as cost to industry of motor vehicle accidents, Darbelnet pointed out that, “Urban areas with more than 3 million residents pay two times the cost of congestion for crashes, while in areas with less than 500,000 residents, the cost of car crashes rises to 7 times the cost of congestion."