Fatal car crashes
- 26,730 deaths
- A 2.2% decrease from this period of time in 2018
Slightly more than half (58%) of all fatal car crashes involve only one vehicle. Fatal crashes are more common on Saturdays, particularly in the evening and from midnight to 3 am. Fatal car accidents are also significantly more likely to occur during the summer and early fall months. Around half of the fatal accidents occur at night.
Fatal car crashes are evenly split between vehicle-vehicle collisions and vehicle collisions with a stationary object like a pole or tree.
Although data for pedestrians killed by vehicles is not yet available for 2019, in 2018, 6,227 pedestrians were killed. Deaths of pedestrians hit an all-time low of around 4000 in 2009 and have been increasing every year since then. Experts speculate the popularity of larger vehicles like SUVs, which cause more pedestrian damage, may be involved in this increase. The vast majority of pedestrian deaths occur at night.
The vehicles involved
The drivers involved
- 40% were people driving under the influence
- 30% involved excessive speed
- 33% were caused by reckless or irresponsible driving
- 20% involved a driver under the age of 21, despite that age group only comprising 5.4% of all drivers
Among all accidents, an estimated 25%, or 1.6 million crashes, involved a driver using a cell phone while driving. A recent study of drivers in a simulator showed that drivers holding a cell phone and using it had their risk of a crash go up by 2 to 3.5 times. A similar increase was not seen when the drivers were using a hands-free cell phone device.