2010 Washington State Car Accident Statistics
Description: Updated statistics on fatalities and injuries from various types of car accidents in Washington State, including drunk driving accidents, distracted driving accidents and more. Data used in this report is taken from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC).
2005 Annual Washington State Highway Collision Data Summary[PDF] Description: The Motor Vehicle Laws of the state of Washington require that a standard Traffic Accident Report form must be submitted when an injury or death occurs to any person, or damage to the property of any person to an apparent extent of seven hundred dollars or more. If a collision is not investigated and reported by an officer, the operators of any involved vehicles must submit their own independent Traffic Accident Report (as stated in RCW 46.52.030 and WAC 446-85-010).
This report covers collisions on all State Highways in Washington State for the year 2005. Tables and charts will be used to show frequency and rate of collisions, multi-year trends, collision types, contributing circumstances and other factors.
Airbags Can Save Lives in Washington State Car Accidents Description: During the 1950s, the airbag was developed in order to increase safety and lessen the harmful outcome of automobile accident injuries. Since the creation of the airbag, there have been many studies that suggest fatality rates are reduced by nearly half in those that have vehicles with built-in airbags.
STUDY: Fatal Motor Vehicle Accidents of Child Passengers from Birth Through 4 Years of Age in Washington State Description: During the decade beginning Jan 1, 1970 and ending Dec 31, 1979, approximately 39,500 child passengers aged 0 to 4 years were in motor vehicle accidents reported and investigated in the State of Washington; 148 (0.4%) of the children were killed outright or subsequently died. Of the 39,500 children, approximately 6,300, or 16%, were wearing some type of safety restraint and only two, or 1:3,150, were killed. On the other hand, 33,200 were not wearing restraints and 146, or 1:227, were killed. If these ratios are extrapolated, one might conclude that if all the children had been wearing restraints, there would have been 93% fewer deaths. A detailed analysis was performed on 39 fatalities for the years 1977, 1978, and 1979. Fatal accidents involving young children in Washington State usually occurred under ordinary circumstances on dry roads at low speeds during daylight hours and were unrelated to alcohol usage.
STATISTICS: Fatal Car Accidents In Seattle vs Tacoma Description: Based on Allstate data for 197 U.S. cities with more than 100,000 people, Seattle ranks 150th. Drivers here are 20 percent more likely to have an accident than those in other areas -- and file accident claims on average once every 8.3 years. In Tacoma, ranked 157th, residents are 22 percent more likely to have an accident, and file accident claims every 8.2 years.
Seattle Car Crashes And Senior Drivers Description: A new study released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found drivers over the age of 65 are almost twice (1.78 times) as likely to die in car crashes as drivers age 55 to 64.
Car Accidents In The US Cost $164.2 billion Description: Auto accidents cost each American more than $1,000 a year, 2-1/2 times the cost of the traffic jams that frustrate the nation's drivers, according to a report issued by the motorist advocacy group AAA.
Car Accident Statistics Description: According to the car accident statistics released by the United States Department of Transportation’s (USDOT’s) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were almost 43,000 deaths in 2002 because of car accidents. The car accident fatalities for the year 2003 stand at 42,643.
Tough Questions - Questions the Insurance Adjustors Don't Want You To Ask[PDF] Description: Most insurance adjustors are highly trained adversaries, although most people would never think this, at least not in the beginning of the claims process. Now, most people understand that the insurance company’s job is to make money and that one way it does this is by settling claims for less than the claim is worth. Yet, most people are unaware of how sophisticated, yet simple, the methods the carrier will utilize to help it accomplish this goal. Here are some questions that often will make the insurance company squirm. No, the carrier doesn’t like it when you ask these questions because it either cannot answer the question or worse, the answer is one they do not like to hear.
Dos And Donts Checklist - Talking With An Insurance Adjustor[PDF] Description: If you have been in a car accident you will be interviewed by both an adjuster from your own insurance company and by an adjuster from the other party’s insurance company. Both adjusters are trying to minimize the amount of money that their company will pay. Follow this tip sheet to make sure you do not jeopardize your personal injury claim during these phone interviews.
Common Insurance Industry Arguments[PDF] Description: Learn the excuses used by insurance companies to avoid paying a fair and reasonable settlement. If you have been injured in a car accident insurance companies may try to defeat or diminish the value of your claim with a laundry list of arguments that include some of the arguments detailed in this report.