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Fatal Car Crashes: The Stats as of 2023

Posted on November 13, 2023

Fatal car crashes are on the rise across the country, as reported recently by USA Today. From 2018 to 2022, the number of fatal accidents rose from 36,835 to 42,795, an increase of 16%. While accidents can happen anywhere, some states are hotspots for deadly crashes.

Texas, California, and Florida had the most fatal car crashes in 2022, most likely due to their high population numbers and influx of tourists. Texas, which saw 4,496 deadly crashes, also has the most lane miles, 70% more than the next highest, California. California came in a close second with 4,407 fatal crashes. Florida had 3,652. By contrast, Rhode Island had just 54; it also has the lowest number of road miles.

Here in our region, New York was lower down on the list, due to its low rate of car ownership. The state had 1,148 fatal crashes, just a bit more than Pennsylvania, which came in at 1,191, a 20% increase since 2019. New Jersey had 701, a 34% increase since 2019. Vermont saw the largest increase overall, 75%, in deadly crashes between 2019 and 2022. Even so, that put the state at just 77 fatal crashes.

When the number of accidents is compared to the number of people in the state, the list shifts slightly. Mississippi has the highest overall rate of fatal car crashes in 2022 with 34 deaths per 100,000 registered vehicles. That’s more than double the U.S. average of 16. South Carolina came in second at 24 deadly crashes per 100,000 registered vehicles.

The article also delved into additional statistics on fatal crashes:

Regardless of state, age, or time of year, if you were involved in a car accident and suffered injury because someone else was negligent – such as another driver, or even a car manufacturer - you may be able to obtain compensation for your losses.

Why not speak with a top Philadelphia motor vehicle accident attorney to better understand your legal rights?