Auto Accident Statistics

Alabama Auto Accident Stats & Facts

We often use the word “accident,” but as our years of experience has shown, rarely is there ever 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 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.

On Average There are 427 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 2017 that broke down Alabama car accidents into the smallest of details. While the number of vehicles registered in Alabama decreased in 2016, crashes, fatalities and injuries all increased year-over-year.

There were 155,907 auto crashes reported to police in 2016. That averages out to 427 each day across the state. These accidents injured more than 47,650 people.

Here are some other shocking statistics:

  • One traffic crash was reported every 202 seconds, or about every 3 minutes and 22 seconds.
  • 994 people died in Alabama car accidents in 2016. That’s a death every 9 hours or so.
  • 47,653 people were injured in motor vehicle accidents. This means one person is injured in a crash roughly every 11 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 2016, 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. Improper lane change/use
  5. Unseen object/vehicle/person
  6. Swerving to avoid a vehicle or other object
  7. Speeding
  8. Failing to abide by traffic signs or signals
  9. Driving under the influence
  10. Vehicle going off road

Many times, there are multiple factors involved in each type of crash. “Other” causes account for the most crashes, which may include a combination of any of the above reasons.

Unfortunately, the fatality rate for car crashes in Alabama has increased dramatically. In 2012, there were 870 car crash fatalities. In 2016, there were 1,089 fatalities, an increase of 28.27 percent year-over-year. Alabama’s fatal car crash rates remain above the national average.

Those driving in Alabama are twice as likely to die in car crashes as the average American.

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 71.8 percent of all crashes in 2016, according to the Department of Transportation. That’s nearly 112,000 crashes.

The next most-common type was a collision with a fixed object or other object, which accounted for 11.2 percent of all 2016 crashes. The third most common type was hitting a parked vehicle, followed by hitting an animal. These four collisions accounted for nearly 90 percent 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.

Month                    Total Crashes             Fatalities

January                  12,107                         74
February                12,532                          75
March                     13,741                         94
April                        13,291                         68
May                         12,788                        101
June                        12,180                        103
July                          12,469                        83
August                     13,822                        94
September               12,877                        102
October                    13,613                        114
November                12,900                         86
December                13,587                         95

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.

By Day

The day of the week with the highest percentage of fatalities is Saturday, when 18.1 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 2016, by age:

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By Gender

In Alabama, men are three times 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:

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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.

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