The U.S. Department of Transportation released information from their Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) regarding motor vehicle accident death rates in 2009. Nationwide, there were 30,797 fatal motor vehicle accident in the and 33,808 fatalities.
The states with the highest per capita motor vehicle accident fatality rate includes North Dakota (21.6), Montana (22.7), Mississippi (23.7) and Wyoming (24.6). The states with the least per capita motor vehicle accident fatality rates include Washington DC (4.8), Massachusetts (5.1), New York (5.9) and Connecticut (6.3). Washington state was on the lower-end of the specturm with a total of 492 traffic accident deaths and a per capita death rate of 7.4 per 100,000 people.
There are many factors that affect a state’s car accident fatality rate per capita including traffic laws, access to trauma centers, weather, population density and types of travels.
The following is a breakdown by category of the 492 traffic accident fatalities in Washington State for 2009:
- 204 car occupant accident deaths
- 134 pickup and SUV occupant accident deaths
- 9 large truck occupant accident deaths
- 67 motorcyclists accident deaths
- 61 pedestrian accident deaths
- 9 bicycle accident deaths
Single Vehicle Accident Deaths
53% of all the people killed nationwide in motor vehicle accident in 2009 occurred in single vehicle accidents. 57%, or 191 of Washington state’s motor vehicle accident deaths were single vehicle accidents.
Alcohol-Related Motor Vehicle Accidents
Nation-wide, 71% of all fatally injured drivers had alcohol involvement. In Washington, 46% of drivers who were killed in accidents had a blood alcohol content level (BAC) which was equal to or greater than the legal limit of 0.08%.
Seat Belt Use
Washington state leads the nation with seatbelt compliance observed at 96%, only Michigan has a higher compliance rate at 98%
This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents due the negligence of another and the family of those killed. With our help, you may recover compensation for your damages including loss of wages, property damages, medical costs and for pain and suffering.
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Fatality Facts 2009 State by State
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