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2018 CRASH STATISTICS FOR NORTH CAROLINA

On Behalf of | Jul 13, 2020 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

REPORTED NUMBER OF CRASHES INCREASED IN 2018

  • The number of crashes, 281,685, increased 2.4 percent from 2017
  • Fatalities increased 3.3 percent from 2017
  • Injured persons decreased 2 percent from 2017
  • 21.6 percent of wrecks involved speeding

DRIVING DURING THE HOLIDAYS

OUT-OF-STATE DRIVERS

VEHICLE CRASHES BY MONTH

  • With an average of 24,347, November has had the most vehicle crashes
  • Then December has had the second-most vehicle crashes
  • With October following with the third-most
  • February is the month with the fewest vehicle accidents

WHAT ARE THE CONTRIBUTING FACTORS

  • Failure to reduce driving speed
  • Not paying attention
  • Failure to yield right of way
  • Improperly changing lanes
  • Operating a vehicle in an unpredictable, careless, negligent, reckless or aggressive manner
  • Overcorrecting
  • Improper turns
  • Crossing the center line and going the wrong way
  • Alcohol use while driving
  • Improperly backing up

SEAT BELT USE

  • 20-29, 66 percent wore seat belts
  • 30-39, 66 percent wore seat belts
  • 5-7, 67 percent wore seat belts
  • 15-19, 67 percent wore seat belts
  • The age category which most often used a seat belt in a wreck was 90 and above (91 percent)

DISTRACTED DRIVING TEENS

  • 2013: 10,937
  • 2014: 10,271
  • 2015: 11,031
  • 2016: 11,260
  • 2017: 11,102
  • 2018: 10,646

VEHICLE WRECKS BY AGE RANGES

  • Teens: 50,988
  • 20-29: 109,749
  • 30-39: 82,235
  • 40-49: 69,846
  • 50-59: 60,724
  • 60-69: 42,275
  • 70-79: 22,213
  • 80-89: 7,055
  • 90 and above: 807

CRASHES BY TYPE OF VEHICLE

  • Passenger car: 273,405
  • SUV: 105,992
  • Pickup: 66,315
  • Van: 20,675
  • Tractor/semi-trailer: 5,115
  • Single-unit truck (two axles, six tires): 4,869
  • Motorcycle: 3,566
  • Tractor/trailer: 3,466
  • There were 1,230 crashes involving police vehicles.

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