Fatal Car Accident Statistics

James Oronoz

In many parts of the United States, fatal car accidents are on the rise. While manufacturers have rolled out technological advances that make driving safer, habits that contribute to unsafe roads have increased. From texting and driving to speeding, there are many habits that have made Nevada roads more dangerous. The most recent annual crash data in Nevada indicates an increase in fatal accidents.

If your loved one was involved in a fatal car accident in Las Vegas, Henderson, or the surrounding areas, contact Oronoz & Ericsson Injury Lawyers at (702) 878-2889 or use our online contact form to reach out.

Total Amount of Fatal Crashes in 2018

Per the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 330 fatal traffic accidents in Nevada in 2018. This indicates a steady increase in fatal crashes over the past decade. Nevada had 243 fatal accidents in 2009, and rates rose steadily until 2018.

Contributing Factors in Fatal Accidents

Looking at car crash statistics in Nevada, certain risk factors are associated with significantly higher accident rates. The vast majority of fatal accidents occurred in urban settings, with only 89 of the year’s crashes occurring in rural regions.

Seatbelt use is correlated with a higher survival rate in serious crashes. Estimates indicate that approximately 54% of those who died in Nevada crashes in 2017 were wearing seatbelts. Experts believe an additional 14 lives could have been saved if 100% of passengers and drivers utilized seatbelts. Data is not yet available for more recent years.

Over half of Nevada’s fatal crashes were single-vehicle accidents. Nearly one-third of fatal accidents involved speeding.

Clark County Accidents

While Nevada’s car crash statistics are alarming on their own, the situation is even worse when you compare Clark County to the rest of the state. In 2018, Clark County accidents accounted for 67% of all fatal crashes in Nevada. From 2014 to 2018, Clark County was the number-one county for fatal car accidents, with percentages ranging from 60% to 67%. The next county on the list, Washoe County, accounted for just 13% of all fatal crashes, indicating the severity of the issue in Clark County.

Analysis of crashes by county indicates that Clark County has the biggest issue with impaired driving. While Clark County had over 56 fatal crashes involving an impaired driver, every other county in the state had 15 or fewer. Most counties had between one and five.

Clark County is also a very dangerous place for pedestrians. In 2018, there were over 56 pedestrian fatalities in Clark County. Almost every other Nevada county had zero pedestrian deaths.

Current Trends

While these statistics paint a stark picture of Clark County roadways, statewide initiatives may be reversing these frightening trends. Although official full-year data is not yet available for 2019, Zero Fatalities Nevada releases a monthly report on fatal accidents in Nevada.

Preliminary data indicates a 23% decrease in Clark County fatal accidents between 2018 and 2019. This is part of an overall 15.8% decrease in fatal accidents across the state of Nevada. Although fatal accidents did increase in November 2019, most months in 2019 saw an improvement in traffic accident fatalities. Hopefully, public education and safety initiatives will continue to positively impact accident rates throughout 2020 and coming years.

Know Your Options After a Fatal Car Crash in Nevada

If someone you love is killed in a car accident, their family members may be entitled to compensation. While money cannot make things right after the loss of a loved one, it can help surviving family members cover costs associated with the accident and prepare for the next stage of their lives. It’s important to consult a personal injury attorney who can aggressively pursue damages from the responsible party while protecting the rights and privacy of the grieving family. Learn more about your options and contact the attorneys of Oronoz & Ericsson Injury Lawyers today. Fill out the online contact form or call us at (702) 878-2889.

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