Pennsylvania Car Accident Statistics – 2022

A study conducted by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation revealed a sobering reality that dangerous collisions involving all types of vehicles and drivers occurred with alarming frequency throughout Pennsylvania. The numbers comprising these statistics represented individual human lives that were irreparably altered due to serious injuries, or worse permanently ended. The zealous attorneys at Cousin Benny are dedicated to ensuring that every victim, and their families, obtain the justice and financial compensation they deserve after a car accident.

  1. There were over 104,475 car accidents and 1,100 Fatalities reported in 2020 
  2. Each day, 286 reportable traffic crashes occurred (about 12 crashes every hour).
  3. Each day, 3 people were fatally injured in reportable traffic crashes (one fatality every 8 hours).
  4. Each day, 168 people were injured in reportable crashes (about 7 injuries every hour).
  5. 1 out of every 57 people was involved in a reportable traffic crash.
  6. 1 out of every 11,339 people was fatally injured in a reportable traffic crash.
  7. 1 out of every 209 people was injured in a reportable traffic crash.
  8. PA Crashes by Vehicle Type
  • Passenger cars: 88,763 vehicles
  • Light trucks, vans, and SUVs: 65,715 vehicles
  • Heavy trucks (weighing at least 10,000 pounds): 6,905 vehicles
  • Motorcycles: 3,503 vehicles
  • Bicycles: 822 vehicles
  • Commercial buses: 321 vehicles
  • Other: 2,061 vehicles
  1. Common Causes of Crashes in 2020
  • Speeding: 25,021 crashes
  • Distracted driving: 11,019 crashes
  • Improper turning: 10,483 crashes
  • Proceeding without clearance: 6,799 crashes
  • Drinking driver: 6,565 crashes
  • Improper passing: 4,545 crashes
  • Tailgating/following too closely: 4,476 crashes
  • Drowsy driving: 1,948 crashes
  1. Common Types of Car Accidents in Pennsylvania
  • Angle: Injuries- 28,644, Fatalities – 269
  • Backing Up: Injuries – 400, Fatalities – 1
  • Direct Collisions: Injuries – 4,780, Fatalities – 114
  • Hitting a Fixed Object: Injuries – 31,998, Fatalities – 395
  • Hitting Pedestrian: Injuries – 2,739, Fatalities – 139
  • Non-Collision: Injuries – 3,599, Fatalities – 76
  • Rear End: Injuries – 19,336, Fatalities – 82
  • Sideswipe: Injuries – 7,692, Fatalities – 29
  • Other: Injuries – 5,287, Fatalities – 24
  1. Most car accidents occurred on Fridays with Wednesday being the next highest day after that
  • Monday 14,454 (13.8%) 
  • Tuesday 14,038 (13.4%)
  • Wednesday 15,670 (15.0%) 
  • Thursday 14,958 (14.3%) 
  • Friday 17,147 (16.4%) 
  • Saturday 15,322 (14.7%) 
  • Sunday 12,886 (12.3%) 
  1. Hitting a fixed object was the number 1 cause of fatalities and deaths 
  2. Nearly 40% of all accidents involved people ages 16-30 (16-20 – 19,357, 21-25 – 22,067, 26-30 – 19,792) 
  3. The majority of crashes happened on state highways (non-interstates) – 66,225
  4. Economic Losses Caused By Traffic Accidents
  • Fatal Injury (crashes) $13,383,153 $14,186,142,180
  • Suspected Serious Injury (crashes) $759,652 $2,806,914,140
  • Suspected Minor Injury (crashes) $244,045 $5,678,927,150
  • Possible Injury (crashes) $134,172 $2,414,022,624
  • Property Damage Only (crashes) $12,446 $727,568,268
  • Total Losses were $25,813,574,362
  1. Alcohol-Related Car Accidents
  • 17% of drivers between the ages of 16 and 20 died in alcohol-related car accidents
  • 44% of drivers between the ages of 31 and 35 died in alcohol-related car accidents
  • 36% of drivers between the ages of 26 and 30 died in alcohol-related car accidents in 2020
  • In 2020, male drivers accounted for 74% of alcohol-related traffic accidents
  • On average, 21 alcohol-related traffic accidents happen each day
  1. The PA counties with the most traffic accidents were Philadelphia (9.7%) Allegheny (9.4%) Montgomery (6.6%)
  2. Delaware Expressway (Philadelphia) and Lincoln Highway were the most dangerous roads in Philadelphia in 2020 (1,292 and 1,762 respectively) 

11 Noteworthy Car Accident Statistics

UPDATED November 2022

Car accidents are an unfortunate fact of life. No matter how many traffic laws are made or how many cars are equipped with automatic braking systems, drivers are going to make mistakes. The best way to avoid a car accident is to be a careful driver and maintain a level of vigilance around drivers who may be reckless. Even then, you may experience a car accident once in a while.

Researchers have spent decades analyzing the frequency and circumstances of car accidents in an effort to understand why they occur and what it could take for accidents to happen less often. This research has birthed numerous car accident statistics that paint a picture of the hazards of being on the road.

Philadelphia car accident lawyer Cousin Benny has collected 11 noteworthy car accident statistics showing drivers’ habits and attitudes across the United States. While these statistics may not stop car accidents altogether, they can at least help show drivers the value of careful driving.

42% of Drivers Don’t Consider 10 MPH Over the Speed Limit to Be Speeding

The traffic law many drivers take personal liberties with is speed limits. In a recent statistic, 42% of drivers surveyed only consider driving over 14 mph to be speeding. 

This is enlightening, considering over 50% of driving time is spent at least 10 mph over the speed limit. And although most drivers don’t find this speed concerning, speeding 10 mph over the limit can increase crash risk by up to 9.1%

17% of Vehicle Crashes Occur During Winter Conditions

The winter season may bring holiday cheer and family reunions, but it also brings hazardous driving conditions in many parts of the country. 17% of yearly car accidents occur during the winter, based on ten-year averages from 2005 to 2014 analyzed by Booz Allen Hamilton, based on NHTSA data

With how much snow, freezing rain, and ice cover the roads throughout these months, drivers must demonstrate increased vigilance during this time of year. 

Tailgating Contributes to More than One-Third of All Crashes

Tailgating someone makes you a hazard to not just yourself, but all motorists around you. If the driver in front of you suddenly stops, there is an increased chance that you won’t have time to stop, causing a rear-end collision. This can then cause additional collisions as the driver in front of you may lose control, and drivers behind you may not stop in time as well.

Considering how preventable tailgating is, its contribution to more than one-third of all motor vehicle crashes shows how many people don’t consider their own safety or the safety of others when on the road.

22% of Vehicle Crashes are Weather Related

Even if you do everything right when driving your vehicle, adverse weather conditions could still work against you. Nearly a quarter of all vehicle crashes, 22%, are weather related, and not all instances are due to negligence. 

While it is crucial to drive with additional safety when it’s raining or snowing, things like black ice can work against otherwise responsible drivers and cause an accident.

Texting While Driving Increases Risks of a Car Crash by 23 Times

Numerous studies have been conducted on texting and driving, with some researchers arguing that it’s even more dangerous than driving under the influence. If you’re looking at your phone instead of the road, research suggests the likelihood of a car crash increases by 23 times. No text or social media notification should be so important that it’s worth risking your life or the lives of others.

Rear-End Collisions Account for About 29% of All Crashes

There are various kinds of motor vehicle collisions, but rear-end collisions happen most frequently. These crashes account for 29% of all car accidents and often occur because the driver who rear-ended the other driver was too distracted to brake in time. Rear-end collisions can also occur due to someone stopping unexpectedly at high speeds or a driver losing control in slippery conditions.

Around 13 Car Accidents Occur Every Minute

If there was any astonishment to statistics showing that millions of car accidents occur in the United States each year, the following statistic should clarify that. According to research, about 13 car accidents occur every minute across the country. This adds up to thousands of car accidents each day.

Around 6 Million Car Accidents Happen in the US Every Year

On the topic of car accident benchmarks, about 6 million car accidents happen in the US every year. Whether it’s a minor fender bender or a massive pileup on a major highway, these numbers show that being a perfect driver is impossible. No matter how careful you are, it’s hard to predict what will happen when you hit the road.

Approximately 4.8 Million Roadway Users Were Injured in Crashes in 2020

Now that the yearly car accident average in the US has been established, it’s time to discuss how many drivers get hurt in those crashes. In 2020, data shows that nearly 5 million roadway users were injured in motor vehicle crashes. Although this number may not precisely mirror the average amount of accidents each year, it does convey that accidents are harmful more often than not.

35,766 Fatal Motor Vehicle Crashes Occurred in the US in 2020

Tragically, many motor vehicle crashes are fatal for one or more drivers involved. Sticking with data from 2020, 35,766 fatal car accidents occurred during this year. This may not seem as jarring as the number of crashes overall, but it nonetheless shows there is still work to be done to ensure the safety of all motorists.

Total Motor-Vehicle Injury Costs Were Estimated at $473.2 Billion in 2020

In addition to being dangerous for your health, car accidents can be incredibly harmful to your wallet. It’s estimated that medical care costs for motor vehicle injuries totaled $473.2 billion in 2020. These costs account for everything from stitching up lacerations to life-saving surgery.

There’s no denying that driving a motor vehicle can be complex and nearly impossible to perfect. It is possible, however, to take precautions against the many causes of car accidents. Whether driving at the suggested speed limit or silencing your phone while driving, eliminating all controllable hazards is one of the most effective ways to keep yourself and other drivers safe.

Injured in a Car Accident? Call the Attorneys of Cousin Benny Today to Find Out How Much Your Case is Worth

Every car accident that results in an injury or death causes an immeasurable loss. A skilled car accident attorney can help you build a strong case to obtain the money your loss deserves. Contact the attorneys at Cousin Benny today for a free and confidential consultation. 

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Benjamin Hoffman

Benjamin Hoffman is a practicing attorney licensed in Pennsylvania and New Jersey as well as the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Benjamin handles cases for individuals who have been injured as a result of an accident, slip/trip and fall or medical negligence.

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