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Oklahoma Accident Statistics

Each year, there are over 6 million police-reported motor vehicle accidents in the U.S., according to AAA. These accidents leave thousands of people with serious injuries. Car collisions can have devastating effects on accident victims, both physically and financially. Injuries from auto accidents can leave individuals immobile, causing them to miss work and lose money. These injuries can leave a family in economic distress.

While some auto accidents are unavoidable, if drivers are cautious they can prevent a potentially dangerous situation. That’s why it’s important for drivers to know which factors put them at increased risk for being involved in a vehicle crash.

Listed below are some general accident statistics based off data collected by the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office:

  • In 2010, there were over 69,000 motor vehicle accidents in the state
  • Vehicle crashes injured 37, 000 people
  • Males accounted for 72 percent of drivers killed in accidents
  • Nearly one-fifth of auto accidents occurred on Fridays
  • The majority of vehicle crashes involved two vehicles
  • Almost 60 percent of Oklahoma accidents occurred in clear weather
  • Drivers between the ages of 16-20 were involved in 19,000 traffic crashes

Speeding Statistics

One of the leading causes of car collisions is speeding. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that speeding is a factor in one-third of all auto accidents. In 2010, there were 9,000 speeding-related accidents in Oklahoma. Here are some surprising statistics about speeding crashes:

  • Nearly one-fourth of Oklahoma speed-related accidents occurred between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.
  • Almost 20 percent of speeding accidents happened on Friday
  • Speed-related accidents injured 6,000 Oklahoma drivers and passengers
  • Speeding accidents killed 128 people in the state
  • The U.S. economy loses $40 billion from speed-related crashes

Statistics on Alcohol-Related Crashes

Another leading cause of auto accidents is alcohol; there were 10,000 alcohol-impaired driving accidents in the United States during 2010. Listed below are some facts about impaired driving accidents in Oklahoma:

  • One out of 10 alcohol-related accidents took place between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m.
  • The majority of alcohol-impaired driving accidents involved a single vehicle
  • Nearly one-fourth of  Oklahoma alcohol-related crashes occurred on Saturday
  • There was over 4,000 alcohol-related accidents in Oklahoma

Oklahoma Fatal Accident Statistics

Each year, approximately 40,000 people are killed in motor vehicle accidents. The state of Oklahoma has also seen its fair share of fatal crashes. Studies have shown some common factors among fatal accidents:

  • Drivers aged 46-50 accounted for 12 percent of traffic fatalities in Oklahoma.
  • Nearly one out of 10 ten drivers killed in Oklahoma traffic accidents were between the ages of 16-20.
  • One out of five fatal accidents occurred between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
  • There were 616 fatal crashes in Oklahoma, which resulted in 668 deaths

If you have lost a loved one in fatal traffic accident, you may have grounds to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Contact an experienced Oklahoma auto accident lawyer to explore your legal options.

Oklahoma Auto Accident Lawyers

Annually, thousands of people are injured in motor vehicle accidents throughout the state. These accidents are sometimes caused by careless or inattentive drivers. If you or loved one has been injured in a vehicle crash, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and property damage. Contact an Oklahoma auto accident lawyer today to learn more about the legal rights available to accident victims.

The Edwards Law Firm has successfully handled numerous auto accident cases. The law firm works tirelessly to make sure that their clients to receive the justice that they deserve.

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