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Fatal U.S. Car Accidents by the Numbers

By San Diego Car Accident Lawyer on September 30, 2013 - Comments off

San Diego Car CrashCar accidents happen every day in the United States. For many people involved in a car crash, the event is no more than an inconvenience; many car accident victims walk away without injuries. For others, however, the event is life-changing. A serious crash can leave any person involved with permanently disabling injuries. The most serious crashes cause death.

According to data gathered by the U.S. Census Bureau, the United States saw 30,979 fatal car accidents in 2009. While most of these accidents were one-vehicle crashes, more than 12,000 involved two or more vehicles. Fatal car accidents were most likely to claim the lives of one or more people in the vehicle itself. Of over 33,000 total deaths, 24,000 were suffered by drivers and passengers, while the remaining 9,000 were suffered by bicyclists, pedestrians, and other individuals involved in the accidents. In addition, more than 4,400 motorcyclists lost their lives in car accidents in 2009.

When it came to the types of vehicle involved, passenger cars accounted for about 13,000 deaths, while pickup trucks accounted for about 10,000 deaths. Compact or mid-size cars fared worst in passenger protection, while subcompact cars were involved in the lowest number of fatal crashes.

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