How Many Passenger Vehicle Wrecks Involve Fatalities?

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Photo of a flipped over SUV

Unfortunately, a fatal accident that occurred near the Travis-Burnet County line reveals how common it is to see passenger vehicle deaths. According to KXAN, a man driving a Saturn collided head on with a Dodge Ram truck. The driver of the Saturn was pronounced dead, and the driver of the Ram was sent to the hospital where he is expected to make a recovery.

What Is a Passenger Vehicle?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) classifies a passenger vehicle as a vehicle weighing less than 10,000 pounds. This category consists of cars and light trucks (pickup trucks, vans, SUVs, etc).

Passenger vehicles make up 90 percent of all registered vehicles on the roads in the United States. Below is more data on this vehicle category for 2012:

  • Over 96 percent of police reported traffic crashes involved passenger vehicles.
  • Of the 45,586 vehicle deaths in 2012, 35,346 involved passenger vehicles, which is 78 percent of all fatal crashes.
  • Over 21,667 occupants of passenger vehicles were killed in traffic crashes.
  • The NHTSA estimates that 2.09 million occupants of a passenger vehicle were injured.

If you have been injured in a car accident, you should hire an experienced lawyer to handle your case. Always remember, if you believe your current lawyer is not performing to the best of his or her abilities, you can release your lawyer and find another one.

Additionally, nothing prohibits you from seeking a second opinion on your case. If you have any questions, contact The Law Offices of Aaron Allison by calling (512) 474-8346.

The Law Offices of Aaron Allison – Austin Personal Injury Attorney

Source: http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/812070.pdf



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