According to data from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), there were over 110,000 reportable traffic crashes in the state in 2021.
Here is an overview of the car accident statistics in Pennsylvania for that year:
Fatalities and injuries
In 2021, there were more than 1,200 fatalities due to car accidents in Pennsylvania. In addition, there were a total of 5,122 people seriously injured in car accidents in the state.
Types of crashes
The most common type of car accident in Pennsylvania in 2021 was hitting a fixed object like a tree or sign, which accounted for 34,267 crashes. Other common types of crashes included angle crashes, sideswipe crashes, and rear-end collisions.
Factors contributing to crashes
Many factors can contribute to car accidents in Pennsylvania. In 2021, the most common contributing factors to crashes were distracted driving, improper turning, and speeding. Other factors included drunk driving, following too closely, and running red lights or stop signs. Crashes were also more likely to happen between 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Location of crashes
Car accidents can occur anywhere in Pennsylvania, but some areas are more prone to crashes than others. In 2020, the counties with the highest percentage of reportable crashes were Allegheny (9.9%), Philadelphia (8.8%) and Montgomery (6.7%).
Protecting yourself on the road
Car accidents can have serious consequences, including injuries, property damage, and even fatalities. To protect yourself on the road in Pennsylvania, it is essential to follow all traffic laws and regulations, avoid distractions while driving, and never drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol. In addition, always wear your seatbelt and ensure all passengers in your vehicle wear their seatbelts. Finally, if you are involved in a car accident, seek medical attention as soon as possible and contact an experienced car accident attorney to help you navigate the legal process.