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:
- Failing to yield right of way
- Misjudging stopping distance
- Improper lane change/use
- Unseen object/vehicle/person
- Swerving to avoid a vehicle or other object
- Failing to abide by traffic signs or signals
- Driving under the influence
- 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.
Fatal Car Accident Trends
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
What 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
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.
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:
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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