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5 Surprising Stats About Missouri Car Accidents And Claims

By Christopher Hoffmann  Oct. 15, 2019 2:34p

The U.S. Department of Transportation estimates that 8,110 people died in car accidents in the first quarter of 2019. Though it is a drop from the previous year, car accidents are still quite present on U.S. roads.

But what do the stats say about Missouri? Here are 5 surprising details about Missouri car accidents and insurance claims, as presented by the Missouri Department of Transportation, the Insurance Information Institute, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

1. Missouri Has a 21.76 Fatality Rate per 100,000 Licensed Drivers

In 2017, the NHTSA reports there were 930 killed in car accidents in the state of Missouri, leading to a 21.76 mortality rate within the state. Though other states have a much higher number of fatalities (by comparison, Texas had a total of 3,722 killed in car accidents, but similar fatality rate), it’s still a great cause for concern.

2. Speeding and Driving Under the Influence Are the Most Common Reasons for Deadly Car Accidents

The data shows that speeding is the number one reason why car accidents take place in Missouri, ranking up around 17.3% of total car accidents, and 38.2% of car accidents which caused fatalities. It’s estimated that a person is killed or injured because of speeding once ever 46 minutes.

Though driving under the influence of alcohol was a factor in only 4.4% of car accidents in Missouri, the mortality rate was much higher. An estimated 26.8% of people killed in car accidents were caused due to a person driving while the influence.

3. 45% of Car Accidents in Missouri Involve Multiple Vehicles

Multiple vehicle accidents often have severe injuries and repercussions, and a lot of people believe they do not happen very often. However, according to the numbers, it seems that a total of 45% of car accidents in Missouri involved more than two vehicles.

4. Older Drivers Are More Likely to Get into a car Accident

A common belief is that the more inexperienced you are as a driver, the more likely you are to make a mistake and be involved in a car accident. While drivers under 21 are involved in roughly 21% of car accidents, it seems older drivers are more likely to be involved in these collisions. Almost 33% of total car accidents involve a driver over 55 years old.

5. Missouri Still Has a Lot of Uninsured Motorists

It’s estimated that in 2017 Missouri auto insurers paid around $107 million to compensate people injured by an uninsured driver. This means car accident victims have to file claims with their own auto insurance company and get the money to cover their medical costs.

If you’ve been the victim of a car accident in Missouri, speak with an experienced car accident attorney as soon as possible.Give us a call 24/7 at (314) 361-4242.

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