How Many Car Accidents Happen Each Day?

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Based on the National Safety Council’s 2009 estimate of 10 million auto accidents per year, approximately 27,000 accidents occur every day. This number includes all kinds of accidents, from minor scrapes to deadly crashes. Despite the high number of incidents each day, only 0.3 percent of accidents that are reported result in a fatality.

In the United States, more than 37,000 people die in traffic accidents each year. This is only a small portion of the 1.3 million people who die annually in road crashes every year globally. Around the world, between 20 and 50 million people are injured or disabled each year due to accidents. More than 2 million of those injured come from the United States.

More than 90 percent of all fatalities stemming from traffic accidents occur in low and middle-income countries, despite the fact that these countries have fewer than half of the world’s vehicles. More than half of all deaths in traffic accidents occur among people between the ages of 15 and 44. Annualy, more than 2 percent of all deaths globally may be attributed to traffic accidents — the ninth-leading cause of death in the world. Even in instances when a life is not lost, there is a financial cost for traffic accidents, which cost an average of $820 per U.S. citizen every year.