Car Accident Statistics

rush hour traffic in Memphis

With nearly 1.5 million people in the greater Memphis area, and many of them on the roads as motorists, pedestrians, or bicyclists, there is a lot of danger on the roadways. The risk of an accident, or at least the chance of one, is pretty high in Memphis and many major U.S. cities.

Not only is the chance of an accident high, but the chances of serious injury or death from a car accident in Memphis is pretty high as well – regardless of the type of accident. Don’t think the risk applies only to major car accidents, it applies to even mere “fender benders” as well.

Memphis Traffic Accidents Statistics

Looking at some of the most recent data available, there are more than 100 car accidents per day in Memphis. The city saw more than 37,300 car accidents in the calendar year of 2016, which translates to 100 per day or more than four every hour – or one every 14.5 minutes!

Think about that – while you are taking your one hour lunch break at work, there have been at least four car accidents in the city around you. Because most people drive to get around in Memphis, our friends, family, and loved ones are vulnerable to being hurt in a car accident or automobile related crash whenever they take the road.

When you look at Memphis in the context of Shelby County more generally (though Memphis has more than 90 percent of the population of the county), Shelby ranks first in the state in licensed drivers, second in overall crash rate (per 100,000 people), and third in injury rate among those crashes.

Here is probably the most sobering statistic of all. Among the largest U.S. cities, Memphis is among the worst nationally in fatal car crashes per capita – meaning that a higher percentage of the population die in car crashes in Memphis than many other major American cities.

If you, your friends, family, or loved ones were injured or died as the result of a car accident due to someone else’s negligence, then don’t hesitate to contact a car accident attorney. You might be entitled to compensation to help recover lost wages from not being able to work or to cover the cost of medical expenses. Any of our experienced car accident attorneys can help you!  

Other Car Accident Statistics

Here are some more discouraging numbers:

  • The hours between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., commonly known as “rush hour,” is the period of time that has the most crashes overall
  • Memphis has the second-highest injury-to-crash rate in the state (just behind Nashville).
  • Memphis has the highest accident rate for motorcyclists.

car accident injury in Memphis

Who knew that driving in Memphis would be a dangerous activity? Sadly, numbers don’t lie. What this means for us is we all have to be more defensive and more vigilant in noting dangerous or incorrect driving patterns around us. However, accidents oftenhappen due to circumstances that are beyond our control.

With such daunting numbers from these car accident statistics, it does make it seem risky to get into your car and drive to work, school, or run errands for your family. It is important to take a defensive stance with driving. It is important that you always leave a two-second “buffer” (or more) between you and the car in front of you, always make sure your tires are of the right pressure (blowouts are a common cause of accidents), use your mirrors constantly, and – perhaps most importantly – don’t allow yourself distractions like texting or eating while driving. Just doing these simple things will greatly reduce your risk of getting into an accident or can reduce the severity of an injury should you be in an accident. There are several different causes of accidents, but tires, distracted driving, and tailgating are three of the most common causes – causes that can be controlled the driver.

Many accidents, for statistical purposes, are distilled down to the primary factor in determining causes. But the truth is, as any professional auto accident investigator or insurance adjuster will tell you, very few auto accidents are simple. Often, there are two or more contributing factors to every accident.

If you have been injured or a family member or loved one has been injured in an auto

determining liability for a car accident in Memphisaccident in the Memphis, TN area, it does not mean that your driving was necessarily the only reason for the accident. This is why it is always important to get a quality auto accident attorney on your side to conduct a thorough investigation into the accident. Having a complete investigation can give you guidance on who should be held liable for your injuries. Maybe the roadway was not maintained well; maybe there was debris in the road that wasn’t cleared in a timely fashion; maybe the tires on your car were defective, or your brakes were repaired wrong.

With our auto accident attorneys, you will get aggressive representation. If you’ve been injured in an auto accident, whether you are a driver, a pedestrian, a bicyclist or a passenger, contact our office today for a free consultation about your autoaccident situation.  Our compassionate attorneys are ready to hear the details of your case. We work with medical examiners, auto investigators and other professionals to help get you the most amount of money possible so you can recover from your injuries without having to worry about paying the bills.