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What Are the Most Important Auto Accident Stats & Facts?

Car accident statistics may just seem like numbers and percentages, but the reality is that these figures represent actual people who have been harmed in a crash. Remembering this is a strong reminder for us to drive safely and follow road rules when driving.

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 car accident statistics. We hope you are a proactive driver or parent who may be able to share this information with others so there will be fewer accidents.

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. If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident, contact Pittman Dutton & Hellums today at (205) 322-8880 for a free consultation. Our attorneys handle car accident cases across Alabama.

What Is the Average Number of Car Accidents Per Day?

Alabama’s Department of Transportation issued a thorough report in 2018 that broke down Alabama car accidents into the smallest of details. The number of crashes and fatalities all increased year-over-year, and 39 fatalities were linked with distracted driving.

There were 159,925 auto crashes reported to Alabama police in 2018. That averages out to 438 crashes each day across the state. These accidents injured 47,149 people.

What Are the Top Car Accident Trends?

Unfortunately, the fatality rate for car crashes in Alabama has increased in the past years. In 2018, there were 953 car crash fatalities, an increase of 12.38% from 2009. Alabama’s fatal car crash rates remain above the national average.

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

  • One Traffic Crash Was Reported Every 197 Seconds — that’s one crash about every 3 minutes and 17 seconds.
  • 953 People Died in Alabama Car Accidents in 2018 — that’s a death every 9 hours and 10 minutes.
  • 47,419 People Were Injured in Motor Vehicle Accidents — this means one person is injured in a crash roughly every 11 minutes and 5 seconds, on average.


What Are the Most Common Car Crashes?

First responder bending over examining damage to a green car at an car accident site


These four types of collisions accounted for nearly 90 percent of all accidents in Alabama in 2018, according to the Department of Transportation.

  1. Vehicle to vehicle crashes: About 115,000 total
  2. Collision with a fixed object: 18,140 crashes
  3. Hitting a parked vehicle: 7,588 crashes
  4. Hitting an animal: 2,702 crashes


What Are the Car Accident Statistics 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 12,236 92
February 11,542 67
March 13,446 78
April 13,466 86
May 13,988 75
June 12,807 67
July 12,420 78
August 13,912 87
September 13,286 69
October 14,100 98
November 14,192 83
December 14,530 73


The most crash-prone time of the day is between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m

The day of the week with the highest percentage of fatalities is Saturday, when 16.6 percent of all fatalities occur.

What Are the Car Accident Statistics By Age & Gender?

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:

Fatalities by age chart

In Alabama, men are nearly three times more likely to be involved in a fatal car crash than women.

What Are the Pedestrian Accident Statistics?

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:

Pedestrian accident statistics in Alabama

These car accident statistics highlight how frequent auto accidents actually are, and what types of dangers drivers face. Be sure to exercise defensive driving measures and follow road rules at all times. Contact a car accident attorney at Pittman Dutton & Hellums at (205) 322-8880 if you have any specific questions about driving laws and liability.

What Are the Top Causes of 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 2018, 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. Speeding
  7. Swerving to avoid a vehicle or other object
  8. Failing to abide by traffic signs or signals
  9. Driving under the influence
  10. Vehicle going off the 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.

These car accident statistics serve as a stark reminder of the risks involved every time we get behind the wheel. Car accident injuries can be severe, so be sure to seek medical attention and contact a lawyer if you have been involved in any type of crash.

How Can I 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, Bradley & Mann, we can help you do that. Contact us today at (205) 322-8880 or by email through the link on this page. Our consultations are always free and without obligation.


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-C. Hanson

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