August 5, 2011

Motorists Most Likely to Die in Alabama Car Accident in August

A recent two-car accident in Alabama took the life of a Mobile woman. The accident happened at the Dauphin Street exit ramp of Interstate 65 when the driver of a sedan was taking that exit off the Interstate and collided with a sweeper truck, according to Alabama Live.

Four of the passenger-vehicle's occupants were transported to the University of South Alabama Medical Center. The driver of the truck was not injured in the accident.
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Birmingham car accident attorneys would like to warn motorists about the increased risks for car accidents that they're currently facing. It has been proven time and time again that August is the deadliest month for American's on our roadways. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has witnessed these deadly August statistics since 1994. More motorists in the United States die in traffic accidents in the month of August than during any other month out of the year.

According to the NHTSA, August has an average death rate of 1.09 per 100 million miles traveled. September follows at a close second with a death rate of 1.08 ad then July ranking in with a 1.04. March has been proven to be the safest month to travel our roadways with a death rate of 0.94 per 100 million miles traveled.

Statistics have concluded that, in 2009, an averaged 93 deaths on U.S. roadways each day in motor-vehicle accidents. That's an average of one traffic accident fatality every sixteen minutes, according to MSN Money. From 2005 to 2009, 7 of the deadliest 25 driving days have occurred in the month of August, reports the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Russ Rader, who is a spokesman for the IIHS, says that August is a dangerous time to be on our roadways because this is the month were people are out driving more miles. Residents are out taking vacations and visiting friends and family more during this month than during any other time of the year.

More fatal accidents occur on the weekends in comparison to the weekdays. Americans use the weekends for running errands, for taking day trips and for meeting up with friends and family. Drunk driving accidents also increase during the weekends.

Daily averages for death rates on U.S. roadways:

-Mondays had 79 deaths.

-Tuesdays recorded 69 deaths.

-Wednesdays saw 78 deaths.

-Thursdays witnessed 84 deaths.

-Fridays totaled 102 deaths

-Saturdays calculated 123 deaths.

-Sundays had 107 deaths.

"A large proportion of crashes happen in late afternoon and early evening in general, but especially in August," Rader says. That's when the roads fill up both with commuters and vacationers.

Different age groups face different risks of being involved in a serious traffic accident this August. According to the IISH, there were more than 33,800 people killed in traffic accidents in the United States in 2009 alone.

How do traffic accidents affect each age group?

-Those age 13- to 15-years-old accounted for 2 percent of all of the traffic fatalities.

-16 to 19: 9 percent.

-20 to 34: 31 percent.

-35 to 49: 23 percent.

-50 to 69: 22 percent.

-70 and older: 12 percent.

Additional Resources:

The deadliest month on the road
, by Gina Roberts-Grey, MSN Money

Additional Resources:

Mobile woman killed in 2-vehicle crash on Dauphin Street, by Rhoda A. Pickett, Alabama Live

More Blog Entries:

Alabama Car Accidents: Choosing the Car that's Right for your Teen, Alabama Injury Lawyer Blog, July 25, 2011

Technology Increases Risks for a Distracted Driving Car Accident in Alabama, Alabama Injury Lawyer Blog, June 30, 2011