Motor Vehicle Accident

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What is a Motor Vehicle Accident?

A motor vehicle accident — more commonly known as a car crash, traffic collision, fender bender, pile-up, distracted driving or automobile accident – occurs when a moving vehicle hits either (a) another vehicle; (b) a pedestrian; (c) an animal; or (d) a moving object. Nearly all motor vehicle accidents are caused by human error.

How many Motor Vehicle Accidents are there each year?

In the U.S., there are 2.189 million motor vehicle accidents annually. That’s four crashes every minute of every day. Of those accidents, 94% are caused by drivers. (The others are caused by environmental factors or unattended vehicles.)

How many Motor Vehicle Accident fatalities are there each year?

Each year, in the U.S., there are about 35,000 car accident fatalities. Worldwide, that number is 1.3 million deaths each year. That’s 1.5% of all motor vehicle accidents. Unfortunately, 9 out of 10 of those deaths are caused by human error. Which will be mostly preventable, in the era of computer-controlled driverless cars.

How many accidents are caused by distracted driving each year?

41% of all accidents – or 845,000 annually in the U.S. – are caused by “Recognition Error”. That category includes driver inattention, distractions and inadequate surveillance. It is said that 64% of all motor vehicles accidents have a cell phone involved in them. Most tragically, there are 3,500 deaths each year from distracted driving accidents.

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