At first glance, Alabama’s Gulf Coast does not sound like a dangerous place to drive, especially not compared to nearby states. Unlike Florida and Texas, it is not a huge state with huge interstate highways full of cars traveling at action movie speeds. Every year, the Alabama Department of Transportation publishes a report of data on car accidents in Alabama. However, you are not a statistic.
Every accident is a unique story. If you have suffered serious injuries in a car accident, contact a Mobile Car Accident Lawyer.
Alabama Car Accidents by the Numbers
Just how many car accidents are there in Alabama, and where are the most dangerous places to drive?
- In 2017, the most recent year for which data are available, there were 156,993 accidents, resulting in 47,771 injuries and 948 fatalities. Of the 948 fatalities, there were 113 pedestrians, 79 motorcycle riders, and six bicyclists.
- More than half of the people killed in car accidents in Alabama were not wearing seat belts.
- For the years for which data are available, Alabama’s rate of traffic fatalities consistently ranks above the national average.
- The Jubilee Parkway section of I-10, which is a bridge that crosses Mobile Bay, was the site of one of the biggest multi-vehicle collisions in history. In the morning fog on March 20, 1995, more than 200 vehicles collided on the bridge, leading to one fatality and more than 90 injuries.
- Collisions involving two or more vehicles are the most common type of accident, accounting for 71.8 percent of car accidents in Alabama in 2017. Single-car accidents where the car collides with a stationary object are much less common, accounting for 11.4 percent of accidents, but they are much more dangerous. In 2017, there were 379 fatalities in vehicle-on-vehicle collisions and 309 in single-vehicle crashes.
- The greatest number of accidents in 2017 happened during the afternoon commute, between 3:00 and 6:00 p.m.
- Approximately half of the drivers involved in accidents in 2017 were male, and half were female. 70 percent of the drivers involved in fatal accidents were male.
- While there are more accidents in urban areas, the percentage of fatal accidents is higher in rural areas. Between 2008 and 2017, rural traffic fatalities in Alabama decreased by 10.36 percent, while urban traffic fatalities increased by 16.09 percent.
- In Alabama, motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for people between the ages of 15 and 19.
Contact the Stevenson Klotz Law Firm About Car Accident Cases.
Serious injuries resulting from car accidents are very common in Alabama. If you have been injured, you have options. A personal injury attorney may be able to help you recover damages. Contact Stevenson Klotz in Mobile, Alabama to discuss your case and to see whether you have grounds for a lawsuit.
Following graduation from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, Eric Stevenson held a number of positions including Assistant State Attorney in the First Judicial Circuit of Florida. Eric has been practicing with partner Christopher Klotz since 2015 litigating personal injury and car accidents in Alabama and Florida.