Stats & Cost of Auto Accidents

According to the CDC, car accidents are a leading cause of death in the U.S., causing about 100 deaths per day. More than 2.5 million people were treated in emergency rooms across the country due to auto accidents in 2015.

Car Accident Stats in the U.S.

Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows:
  • There were over 5.25 million police-reported car accidents in 2020
  • Over 2.2 million people were injured in 2020 from auto accidents
  • 38,824 people lost their lives from auto accidents in 2020

Car Accident Statistics in Texas

The Texas Department of Transportation estimates that in 2020, one person was injured in a car accident every 2 minutes and 34 seconds, while one person was killed every 2 hours and 15 minutes on Texas roads.

Stats & Cost of Auto Accidents
Reports from the NHTSA show the following information on fatal Texas auto accidents in 2020:
  • There were 3,896 total fatalities
  • 958 of those fatalities were alcohol-involved crashes
  • 482 motorcyclists lost their lives in auto accidents
In Harris county specifically:

Costs of Auto Accidents

According to the NHTSA’s report “The Economic and Societal Impact of Motor Vehicle Crashes, 2010,” auto accidents caused about $242 billion in damages in 2010. This includes the costs associated with fatalities, injuries, and property damages.

They estimate that adding in the costs of quality-of-life valuations as well as societal valuations from car accidents, the economic effects totaled $836 billion.

From those numbers, alcohol-involved crashes accounted for $52.5 billion in costs, while distracted driving cost Americans $39.7 billion in 2010.

As you can see, auto accidents negatively affect people just like you every day. Car accidents can cause serious injuries, damages, and even death. Yet, many car accident claims are denied or settled for much lower than they should be. Your attorney can help you throughout the process of seeking compensation for your injuries and damages after a car accident.

Our team at Maida Law Firm offers legal services for plaintiffs in car accident cases. We work with victims for many types of car accidents and can help you fight your case with insurance companies or in court. If you don’t get paid, we don’t get paid. If you were injured in a car accident, get in touch for a free case evaluation with our attorneys.