According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, the number of people hit and killed by vehicles each year has reached its highest since 1990. These accidents, which now account for about 16 percent of all traffic fatalities in the US, most often involve older adults and children but anyone can be a victim. In Connecticut specifically, preliminary data shows a 53 percent increase in pedestrian accidents from 2017 to 2018. What are some of the common causes of these incidents?
When we hear about car accident, many of us envision two cars colliding with each other. However, according to crash data from IIHS, single-vehicle crashes account for over 50 percent of all accidents. While these incidents often involve hitting a stationary object such as a guardrail or a pole, they can encompass several other scenarios.
Drivers know to take it slow and keep their distance from other cars during snow, ice and rainstorms. When it comes to different types of inclement weather, fog often gets overlooked as a serious hazard. Yet, the statistics paint a different picture.
In April 2019, the driver of a semi-tractor trailer drove into stopped traffic on a highway in Denver, causing a multi-car pileup of 28 vehicles. The impact resulted in a fire and several fatalities. We consider situations like this to be “freak accidents”, but a combination of factors can create a chain reaction that results in a multi-vehicle crash.
Where do car accidents most frequently happen? Many of us assume they occur on unfamiliar roads far from home or in crowded cities during rush hour. However, multiple studies show that you’re more likely to get into a collision within 10 miles of your home. According to a survey from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA), 52 percent of all collisions occur within a five-mile radius of a driver’s residence and 69 percent within 10 miles.