Pennsylvania consists of 67 counties. Each county has its own local municipality, cities, boroughs, first class townships, and even second class townships. With more than 120,000 miles of roads and highways, motor vehicle crashes are a common occurrence.
When crashes do occur on the roadways and highways of the state, they are investigated by the Pennsylvania State Police, and one of 1,300 local police departments, which gives the state valuable insights into crash data.
The 2015 statistics have not yet been compiled or released, but they have released their 2014 report – which contains some pretty surprising data.
In 2014, there were 121,317 total crashes in the state. These crashes accounted for 1,195 fatalities and injured 79,758 others. This was the lowest reportable number of accidents since 1950. The state estimates that in 2014, the fatality rate was 1.21 deaths per hundred million vehicle miles of travel.
A Few Statistics
On average in the state:
- There were 332 crashes each day
- Three individuals were killed in accidents each day
- There were 219 individuals injured in the state each day, due to motor vehicle accidents
When this data is based on the 2013 population study, it is estimated that one out of every 46 individuals are injured in a motor vehicle accident, and one out of every 10,701 people are killed in a car accident.
What Contributed to the Accidents in 2014?
The state has also compiled a list of common causes for accidents. Heavy-truck related deaths accounted for 151 of the fatalities seen in 2014, while drunken driving accounted for 333 deaths. Speed also played a role in the statistics, accounting for 312 deaths.
It was not just motor vehicle accidents that had high injury and death rates in the state. The state also compiled statistics regarding pedestrian, bicyclist and motorcyclist deaths, which included:
- Pedestrians – Pedestrian injuries were at 3,985, and deaths at 166, for 2014.
- Bicyclists – Cyclists accounted for 1,298 injuries and 19 deaths.
- Motorcyclists – Motorcycle riders saw 186 fatalities and 3,207 injuries in 2014.
A large majority of the accidents that occurred in the state were with fixed objects – meaning that the vehicle struck a center divider, tree, etc., and not another vehicle. The second highest number of accidents were at an angle; closely behind that were rear-end collisions.
It was also determined that passenger vehicles accounted for the highest volume of accidents, while SUVs and light trucks were a close second.
When it came to ages involved, the largest majority of injured drivers were males aged 21 to 25.
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