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Who Are The Highest Risk Drivers?

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Who Are The Highest Risk Drivers?

There’s no shortage of thoughts about who the riskiest, most unsafe, or highest risk drivers are on the road. While there are stereotypes about who these people are, government statistics have found that certain groups of people are disproportionately more likely to get into a car accident than others.

Missouri Car Accident Statistics

The Missouri State Highway Patrol provides detailed information on car accidents each year in Missouri. These reports examine various contributing factors including age, sex, socioeconomic demographic, and other influences like driver intoxication.

Recent data for the state of Missouri found:

  • Total Accidents, Statewide: 142,966
  • Total Fatalities, Statewide: 786
  • Total Injuries, Statewide: 51,060

Of all the accidents each year in Missouri, which group of people is most responsible for them?

Young Drivers

Statistics have proven that young drivers are among the most likely to be involved in a car accident. In fact:

  • Traffic accidents are the number one cause of death for people 15-20 years old
  • In 2013, three out of four teenage vehicle occupants who were killed in traffic accidents were not wearing a seatbelt
  • A survey on seat belt usage revealed that 67% of Missouri teenagers wear their seat belt, but 70% of those who were involved in an accident and did not, were killed.
  • In 2013, 20% of all traffic crashes involved a driver under the age of 21

While car accident statistics have been steadily declining for years, there is still much room for improvement. If you’ve been involved in a car accident in the Southeast Missouri area, let the Lanzotti & Rau team help recover the compensation you deserve. To begin discussing your situation, schedule a consultation with us today at 573.335.9300.