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Car Accident Statistics in North Carolina

Here are some eye-opening statistics about car accidents on North Carolina’s roads.

Number of North Carolina car accidents in terms of fatalities, injuries, and total crashes.

North Carolina Car Accident Stats

  • In 2018, there were 281,685 traffic crashes reported, a 2.4% increase from 2017. (NCDOT)
  • 1% of all crashes occurred between 7:00 a.m. and 6:59 p.m. in 2018. (NCDOT)
  • Out of state drivers were involved in 6.9% of North Carolina car accidents in 2018. (NCDOT)
  • In 2018, 19.2% of the crashes in North Carolina involved a driver that was distracted. (NCDOT)
  • 4,816 drivers involved in crashes in 2018 had a Blood-Alcohol Content greater than .08, accounting for about 4% of crashes. (NCDOT)
  • Alcohol was a factor in 11,345 crashes in 2018. (NCDOT)
  • Distracted driving was a factor in 54,046 crashes in 2018. (NCDOT)
  • October and November had the most crashes in 2018, with more than 28,000 each. (NCDOT)
  • In 2019, the average cost across all types of crashes (including injury and fatality crashes) was $106,000. (NCDOT)

In a state with approximately 7.5 million drivers – the 8th largest driving population in the US in 2018 according to Statista – the odds you, as a licensed driver, were involved in a crash in 2018 are about 1 in 26, or about 3.7%.

While there may be shifts up or down in a given year, the fact is that if you haven’t been in a car accident in North Carolina, the odds are you will be at some point. When that happens, contact the experienced car accident attorneys at the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin.

North Carolina Car Accident Injury Stats

Lane departure, distracted driving, speeding, and DWI are main factors for car accidents in NC.

  • In 2018, 125,454 people were injured in crashes, a 2.0% decrease from 2017. (NCDOT)
  • There were 80,653 crashes with injuries on North Carolina roads in 2018. (NCDOT)
  • Alcohol was a factor in 7,602 injury crashes in 2018, 6.1% of all injury crashes. (NCDOT)
  • Speed was a factor in 10,188 injury crashes in 2018, which was 8.1% of all injury crashes. (NCDOT)
  • Lane departure was a noted factor in 30,137 crashes with injury in 2018, a hefty 24% of all injury crashes. (NCDOT)
  • Distracted driving reportedly caused 24,178 injury accidents in 2018, accounting for 19.3% of total accidents with injuries. (NCDOT)
  • The average cost of a non-fatal injury crash in 2019 was $168,000. Severe injury and fatal injury crashes cost an average of $3,123,000. (NCDOT)

Again, if we estimate 7.5 million drivers in North Carolina, we can calculate that the odds you, as a licensed driver, were injured in a crash in 2018 are around 1 in 60, or a 1.6% chance. When you or someone you love is hurt in an accident, it’s vital to understand all of the facts, and what compensation you may be entitled to. Insurance companies won’t tell you, but we will. Call us at 1-866-900-7078.

North Carolina Car Accidents Fatality Stats

Number of car crash fatalities in North Carolina in 2018, in both single and multi-car accidents.

  • 1,442 people were killed in 1,324 fatal crashes on North Carolina roads in 2018, 3.3% more than the previous year. (NCDOT)
  • Out-of-state drivers accounted for 7% of the fatalities in 2018. (NCDOT)
  • 89 persons were killed for every 100,000 people in 2018. (NCDOT)
  • In 2018, 21.6% of all fatalities were related to speeding. (NCDOT)
  • 41% of people killed in crashes in 2018 were not belted in. (NCDOT)
  • There were 411 fatalities involving alcohol in 2018, accounting for 28.5% of people killed. (NCDOT)
  • Lane departure was a factor in 754 fatalities, a whopping 52.3% of all accident fatalities in 2018. (NCDOT)