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What Are the Odds of Being Injured in a Car Crash?

The odds of being injured in a car crash will depend on your age, where you live, how many miles you travel by motor vehicle, the type of vehicle in which you travel, and other factors. Motor vehicle accidents are responsible for the deaths of more than 32,000 Americans every year, equal to about 90 people every day. The government says that our crash death rate is more than twice as high as the average of other high-income countries.

Two million people in our country get hurt in car collisions every year. Esurance says that your chances of getting into a car accident are one in 366 for every 1,000 miles driven, but not everyone in a crash gets hurt. If you got injured or a close relative died because of a car crash, a California car accident attorney can help you hold the at-fault party responsible. 

Data on Injuries Treated at the Emergency Room

We do not have reliable statistics on the number of people who receive minor injuries that do not require a visit to the doctor or emergency room. The data we have is based on the national averages. Even within our state, your likelihood of getting hurt in a collision will depend on whether you are driving an urban or rural location, as well as other factors like the weather and road conditions. 

According to the CDC, more than 2,500,000 of us got treated at the emergency room in 2012 for injuries from a motor vehicle accident. Almost 200,000 of those emergency room visits resulted in hospital admissions. 

It costs around $3,300 on average for a car collision emergency room visit. Getting hospitalized for these injuries averages around $57,000. For every fatality in a motor vehicle accident, eight people receive inpatient treatment at a hospital, while 100 other people get treated in the emergency room and released to go home. 

Accidental Death Numbers

The CDC reports that 37,559 Americans lost their lives in 2019 due to motor vehicle accidents. This is a death rate of 11.5 per 100,000 population. 

In 2019, the total number of unintentional injury deaths was 173,040. The total accidental injury mortality was 52.7 people per 100,000 population. Unintentional injuries are the third most common cause of death in our country. 

Motor Vehicle Injuries by Age

The government compiles data on the top ten causes of injuries that result in visits to the emergency room. These injuries are non-fatal and unintentional, in other words, accidental. For children from the date of birth through age 4, injuries from car crashes are not on the top ten list. Between the ages of five and nine, car accidents are the number 7 cause of trips to the emergency room.  

Between the ages of turned 14, calculations are #5 on the list. Car collisions are the number 3 cause of ER visits for people in the age group of 15 to 24. But the group with the highest ranking of car crashes causing ER visits are those between ages 25 and 34, for whom this cause is second only to unintentional falls. 

For people between 35 and 40 years of age, collisions drop to #5 on the list. Between 45 and 64, crashes fault and #6 on the list. At the age of 65 and older, these accidents go back up the list to number 4. Average for all ages, motor vehicle collisions are the third leading cause of non-fatal accidental injuries that lead to emergency room visits. 

California personal injury attorney can protect your legal rights if you got hurt in a car accident. You only have a limited time to pursue a claim or lawsuit. If you miss the deadline, you will lose the ability to go after compensation for your losses. Get in touch with our office today.