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Facts about Alabama Traffic Accidents

By Morris, Cary, Andrews, Talmadge & Driggers, LLC  Apr. 3, 2013 9:21a

While the number of licensed drivers and vehicle miles traveled in Alabama increased in 2011 over 2010 levels, the overall traffic crashes decreased. Injury crashes in the state declined by 0.81 percent. The bad news is that 2011 traffic fatalities increased by 4.29 percent. 899 people died on Alabama roads and highways in 814 traffic crashes. In 42 percent of these fatalities, those who died failed to use seatbelts. According to the Alabama Department of Transportation (DOT) a person sitting in the front seat of a vehicle that is in a collision who fails to use a proper seatbelt increases his or her probability of dying by 50 times. For every one fatality that occurred in 2011 traffic accidents, 42 others were injured during the year. Most Alabama traffic accidents occurred in urban areas though 60 percent of the fatalities occurred in rural areas.

Based on the above statistics, the DOT has calculated that the average driver in the state has more than a one in three chance of being involved in a traffic accident during his or her lifetime. Alabama's fatality rate for 2011 stood at 1.4 per hundred million vehicle miles, which was slightly higher than the national average of 1.1 per hundred million vehicle miles. 71 percent of those drivers responsible for a traffic accident were driving within 25 miles of their home. Failing to yield the right of way, speeding, and driving while under the influence of alcohol and / or drugs were the most common contributing factors in all traffic collisions in the state.

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