How Many People are Killed in Car Crashes in America?

Motor vehicle accidents continue to be a leading cause of death and injury in the United States. While state and federal campaigns to end vehicle fatalities have shown some success, and vehicle technologies like automatic braking and lane departure warnings have helped with crash prevention, tens of thousands of people are still killed in car crashes in our country each year.

A woman who was just in a car crash holds her neck in pain In 2019, an estimated 38,800 people were killed in motor vehicle accidents in the U.S. That’s a 2 percent decrease from 2018, when 39,404 people were killed, which itself was a 4 percent decline from 2017. While these declines are a positive finding, it cannot undo the toll of the lives that were lost. In addition, another 4.4 million people were seriously though non-fatally injured in crashes last year.

While annual fatality studies do not always point to causation, we know that some of the leading causes of crashes are:

  • Distracted driving
  • Drowsy driving
  • Drunk driving
  • Drugged driving
  • Speeding

Therefore, we can all do our part to prevent these tragedies by never engaging in these dangerous behaviors.

Even in the absence of fatality, auto accident injuries can be a really devastating event. They may lead to:

  • Job loss
  • Loss of wages
  • Pain, suffering and trauma
  • Inability to live your life as you did previously
  • Difficulty paying for the medical treatment, medication and physical therapy you need
  • Difficulty paying for the mental healthcare that could help you process the trauma
  • Inability to enjoy recreation, exercise, socializing and hobbies as you did previously

Our experienced lawyers in Chicago have been working with families and individuals afflicted with car accident injuries for many years. Because we have seen the pain and devastation these injuries and fatalities cause, we have become passionate advocates for accident victims. If you lost a loved one in a car accident you believe was caused by someone else’s negligence, then you may have a wrongful death claim to pursue justice and compensation. Or, if you were injured in a crash caused by someone else, you may be able to maximize your injury compensation with our help. For a free case evaluation, please call the Sklare Law Group in Chicago at 312-263-0771.

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