Across the United States, thousands of people die in traffic accidents every year. These accidents affect everyone in our community and can leave families and friends grieving the loss of a loved one. Even as safety features continue to improve, driving remains a dangerous and potentially lethal activity. In 2016, there were nearly 35,000 fatal car accidents throughout the United States, and people in each state are killed are these accidents, including our own, but how does North Carolina compare to the rest of the United States?
In 2016, 1,441 people were killed in car accidents in North Carolina. Another 130,137 people were injured in various traffic accidents in 2016. The injuries range from minor cuts and bruises to broken bones and internal bleeding that require hospitalization. In a rebuttal to the idea that driving is becoming safer, both of these numbers are greater than the number of people who were killed and injured in traffic accidents in 2015. An increase in distracted driving due to cell phones and other devices likely contributed to the increase.
The amount of people killed in car accidents in North Carolina is significantly higher than that of the national average in the United States. In the United States as a whole, there are 11.6 deaths per 100,000 people as a result of car accidents. In North Carolina, that number is higher at 14.3 deaths per 100,000.
The Breakdown of North Carolina Car Accidents
There are a lot of different vehicles and conditions that can lead to traffic accidents. In North Carolina, there are certain trends regarding the types of accidents that occur and the kinds that lead to fatalities.
Out of all the accidents that occurred, many of the 2016 North Carolina accidents could be attributed to speeding. These accidents were also attached to one-third of all of the car accident fatalities or 464 death in total. Another 47,681 people in North Carolina were injured in these accidents. Overall, 89,839 car accidents were directly connected to reckless speeding.
Alcohol was another significant factor in several of the 2016 traffic accidents. 402 people were killed in accidents that involved a driver under the influence of alcohol. This is 30 percent of the fatalities that occurred in car accidents in 2016. On top of that, another 47,681 people were injured in crashes in which alcohol was involved.
Distracted driving also played a part in many of 2016’s deadly car accidents in North Carolina. This behavior caused 54,302 car accidents and 177 fatalities. These numbers are a considerable increase from the number of crashes that involved distracted driving in 2011. Back in 2011, there were only 49,523 accidents as a result of a distracted driver. There were also only 137 fatalities, 40 less than in 2016.
An Attorney Can Help After Your North Carolina Car Accident
After you have been the victim of a car accident in North Carolina, it can be challenging to navigate the aftermath. With potential financial troubles arising from medical bills or lost wages, you may need some more help than you are getting or initially assumed. If a negligent driver was responsible for your accident, you may be eligible for compensation. The NYE Law Group can help you. Call us at (912) 200-5230 today to get the help you need with your case.