Car Accidents Facts & Figures in Alabama
Every day, we see reports on the news or personally witness crashes in the streets that will likely forever change the lives of those involved. A big-picture look at the data regarding car accident statistics in Alabama puts into perspective how these small blips of news and anecdotal information add up to a serious problem.
Hundreds of people die in Alabama car accidents each year and tens of thousands more are injured. At Serious Injury Law Group, we fight for the rights of Alabama residents who have been hurt or lost a loved one in tragic crashes that could have been prevented.
Alabama Car Accident Statistics
The Alabama Department of Transportation shares some staggering car accident statistics in its Crash Facts Book. For example, the DOT reports that in 2017:
- There were 156,993 crashes on Alabama roads, resulting in 47,771 injuries and 948 fatalities.
- A motor vehicle accident was reported every 3 minutes and 20 seconds in Alabama.
- Every 11 minutes, a person was injured in an auto accident.
- A person died in a crash every 9 hours and 14 minutes.
- From 2008 to 2017, traffic accidents increased 26.61 percent, with injuries up 34.19 percent and fatalities down 1.66 percent.
- Auto accidents in Alabama led to more than $20 billion in economic losses.
Where Do Crashes Happen?
- The majority of accidents happened within 25 miles of a driver’s home.
- Most crashes in Alabama (78 percent) happened in urban areas. However, most fatalities (60 percent) happened in rural areas.
- In Alabama, 43 percent of traffic crashes happened on two-lane roads, and 28 percent happened on four-lane roads.
When Do Accidents Happen?
- About 72 percent of crashes happened during the day, but more than 54 percent of fatal crashes occurred at night.
- The time of day with the highest percentage of crashes was 3 to 6 p.m.
- Friday was the most crash-prone day of the week, but Sunday was the most fatality-prone day.
- May was the month with the most car crashes (13,887) and the most fatalities (91).
- Weather conditions were clear in 67 percent of wrecks.
- The holiday period with the most fatalities on the road was New Year’s (from 6 p.m. Dec. 30 to 11:59 p.m. Jan. 2).
Who Is Most Likely to Be Hurt in a Crash?
- The average driver in Alabama has a more than a one in three chance of being involved in an injury or fatal accident over the span of their life.
- About 21 percent of fatal crashes in Alabama were caused by drivers younger than 25.
- About 70 percent of fatal crashes involved male drivers.
- In fatal car wrecks where a seatbelt was available, almost 60 percent of people who died were not wearing one.
Montgomery’s Worst Intersections for Drivers
In 2017, Alabama saw 89,255 intersection crashes across the state. The Montgomery Advertiser has released an analysis of a congestion management study conducted by the Montgomery Metropolitan Planning Organization that specifically identifies the worst intersections in Montgomery. These include:
- Taylor Road at Interstate 85
- Eastern Boulevard at Carmichael Road
- Eastern Boulevard at I-85
- Troy Highway at Virginia Loop Road
- Chantilly Parkway at I-85
- South Boulevard at Woodley Road
Whether you are traveling through a congested intersection or a less crowded one, it is important to remain vigilant at all times to reduce your risk for crash. Although you can’t control what other drivers are doing, you can make smart decisions behind the wheel to prevent you from causing an intersection crash.
Why Car Accidents Happen
In the Alabama Department of Transportation Crash Facts report, researchers identified the top causes for crashes through the state. In 2017, these included:
Failing to Yield Right of Way, causing 23,304 crashes
Tailgating, leading to 22,648 accidents
Misjudging Stopping Distance, causing 14,101 accidents
Improper Lane Change/Use, leading to 12,773 collisions
Unseen Object/Person/Vehicle, prompting 10,629 accidents
Speeding, causing 8,455 crashes
Swerved to Avoid a Vehicle/Object, causing 7,345 wrecks
Failure to Heed Sign/Signal/Officer, leading to 5,920 crashes
Driving Under the Influence, causing 4,024 accidents
Ran off the Road, leading to 3,777 accidents
Fatigued Drivers/Asleep at the Wheel, leading to 2,632 wrecks
Driving on the Wrong Side of the Road, causing 800 crashes
No matter what caused your motor vehicle accident, if you were hurt by someone else’s negligence, you can demand compensation for your losses. You may be entitled to recover payment for past and future medical expenses, property damages, lost income, diminished earning capacity, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and more.
Contact an Experienced Car Accident Attorney Now
The statistics on car accidents in Alabama can be disturbing, especially when you are personally coping with injuries associated with a serious crash. At the Serous Injury Law Group, we take your case personally, and we make sure you never feel like you are just another number. Our car accident lawyers will:
- Meet with you in person to evaluate your case in a free, no-obligation consultation
- Answer all your questions about the personal injury claims process and what to expect
- Launch an investigation into what caused your wreck to determine who should be held accountable
- Document the full extent of your losses, including losses you may experience in the future related to your crash
- Negotiate aggressively with the insurance company as we work toward a full and fair settlement
- Take your case to trial if the at-fault party refuses to do what’s right
If you are ready to talk about your legal rights after a serious car accident, please contact our law firm today. Our dedicated car accident attorneys can travel to meet with you in your home or at the hospital, or we can evaluate your case over the phone ─ whatever is most convenient for you. We work to take the pressure off you during this difficult time, so you can focus on getting back to your life.