December 2, 2015

Car accidents may feel random when they happen, but looking at the trends can help to show that they’re not as random as some people assume. Below are some interesting facts that can shed light on how and why accidents occur.

1. Roughly 40 percent of fatal accidents are linked to alcohol. When looking just at crashes after midnight and before three in the morning, this percentage jumps to roughly 75 percent.

2. Around 15 school children are hit and killed by school buses every year. Typically, this happens when children are returning from school, between three and four in the afternoon.

3. Some reports have shown that men cause far more accidents than women, with estimates ranging up to double the accidents for men.

4. Of all different kinds of accidents—such as head-on collisions or side impacts—the deadliest type of wreck is the rollover.

5. Those who are between 16 years old and 20 years old are statistically more likely to be hurt or killed in a wreck than any age group.

6. Typically, accidents happen within roughly two or three miles of a person’s house. This is, in large part, due to the fact that people drive close to home more often. However, this does dispel the myth that vacations are dangerous and cause more wrecks.

7. Hatchbacks and sports cars are more likely to be involved in accidents than other types of vehicles. Some studies have linked engine size, saying that cars with bigger engines and more power are also more likely to crash.

If you have been hurt in a car accident in Pennsylvania, be sure you know your rights to compensation.

Source: InfoBarrel, “10 Common Facts about Car Accidents,” accessed Dec. 02, 2015