Alabama Auto Accident Stats & Facts

We often use the word “accident” but as our years of experience has shown, rarely is there even an accident – it’s a car crash. A crash because a driver was breaking a law. A driver was speeding. Someone was texting. Taillights didn’t work properly, or there was alcohol involved.

These  “accidents” turn into the accident stats you will find below.

The best way to prevent an auto accident is to know the facts, and know how to prevent getting into a car crash. We anticipate if you are viewing this page that you may need more information on statistics, for which you will find citations and references. We hope you are a proactive new driver or parent who may be able to share this information with others so there will be less crashes.

The Alabama car accident statistics below will explain the who, how, where, when and why of accidents across our state. You will also learn how, when the worst happens, aggressive legal representation can make all the difference. Our attorneys handle car accident cases across Alabama.

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On Average There are 350 Car Crashes Per Day

Taking a look at car accident statistics from our state will help you better understand how accidents occur and frequently they happen. Alabama’s Department of Transportation issued a thorough report in 2012 that broke down Alabama car accidents into the smallest of details.

There were 128,307 auto crashes reported to police in 2012. That averages out to 351 each day across the state. These accidents injured more than 40,000 people.

Here are some other shocking statistics:

  • One traffic crash was reported every 246 seconds, or about every four minutes.
  • 870 people died in Alabama car accidents in 2012. That’s a death every 10 hours or so.
  • 40,202 people were injured in motor vehicle accidents. This means one person is injured in a crash roughly every 13 minutes, on average.

Causes of Alabama Car Accidents

The most common causes of accidents in Alabama are predictable – and preventable. Yet accidents occur day after day.

According to the state Department of Transportation’s statistics from 2012, these were the top 10 most common causes of car accidents:

  1. Failing to yield right of way
  2. Tailgating
  3. Misjudging stopping distance
  4. Unseen object/vehicle/person
  5. Speeding
  6. Driving under the influence
  7. Improper lane change
  8. Failing to abide by traffic signs or signals
  9. Swerving to avoid a vehicle or other object
  10. Vehicle going off road


Good news: the fatality rate for car crashes in Alabama has been declining. These statistics help illustrate how much lower our fatality rates are becoming – but it’s important to note that they remain above the national average.

Fatal Car Accident Trends






In 2012, the fatality rate in Alabama was 1.3 deaths per hundred million vehicle miles traveled. While that is the lowest it has been in recent years, it still remains above the national car accident fatality rate of 1.1.


Types of Car Crashes in Alabama

Birmingham auto collision statsWhat types of car accidents occur in our state? Well, the most common type of crash is no surprise – one moving vehicle colliding with another moving vehicle. This accounted for 70% of all crashes in 2012, according to the

Department of Transportation. That’s more than 90,000 crashes.

The next most-common type was collision with parked vehicle, which accounted for 3.7% of all 2012 crashes. The third most common type was colliding with an animal, followed by rollover accidents. These four collisions accounted for nearly 90% of all accidents.


Alabama Car Accidents by Month, Day and Time

When do car crashes occur in our state? Check out this chart, courtesy of our state’s department of transportation.

Alabama Car Accidents by Month, Day and Time












By Time

According to statistics, the most crash-prone time of the day is between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Be careful on your commute home from work.

Alabama car accident stats by dayBy Day

The day of the week with the highest percentage of fatalities is Saturday, when 21 percent of all fatalities occur.


Alabama Car Accidents By Age

How much more likely are young drivers to be in an accident? Thanks to the Department of Transportation, here’s the breakdown on exactly who died in car accidents in Alabama in 2012, by age:

Alabama Car Accidents By Age









By GenderAlabama Car Accident Stats by Gender

In Alabama, men are about 30 percent more likely to be involved in a fatal car crash than women.



Pedestrians in Alabama Car Accidents

Recent years have seen the number of pedestrian accidents rise, as well as the number of deaths associated with them. From the Department of Transportation’s report:

Pedestrians in Alabama Car Accidents






Teen Driving accident statsTeenage Driving Crash Statistics

Motor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of death for adolescents, and drivers are more likely to be in an accident in the first six months of having a license than at any other time. On the bright side, crash deaths involving 15- to 19-year-olds decreased 51 percent from 1999 to 2012.


Contact a Car Accident Attorney

Every car accident is different. Only an experienced and passionate car accident lawyer knows how to investigate your accident and bring the strongest case possible. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, you can and should seek compensation.

At Pittman, Dutton & Hellums, we can help you do that. Contact us today at 866-515-8880 or by email through the link on this page. Our consultations are always free and without obligation.

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