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Which Collisions Cause the Most Catastrophic Injuries?

The Most Dangerous Motor Vehicles

Car accidents are unfortunately common, with over 6 million occurring in the United States every year. Because of this commonality, car manufacturers have been looking for ways to improve the safety of these vehicles for decades — including features like autopilot, external cameras, and alerts when someone is in a blind spot.

However, just because they are wildly more common does not mean that they are the only motor vehicles that should be used with caution. We can examine crash statistics across different specifications (cars, boats, motorcycles) and consider the number of registered vehicles in each category to determine which has a higher rate of catastrophic injuries and fatalities.

Comparing the Statistics

It’s important to note that this information can vary because of underreporting, so even though collisions happen every day, someone may choose to not report a latent or minor injury. However, this information is still pertinent to all motorists and should be kept in mind when operating a motor vehicle.

Car Accidents

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that more than 3 million nonfatal injuries result from car accidents each year, and the fatality rate is consistent at about 11 deaths per 100,000. However, the odds of sustaining a catastrophic injury remain high — traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord damage, and major broken bones are some of the most common injuries from car crashes.

Considering how dangerous cars can be in terms of injuries, they actually rank second when comparing fatality rates across different kinds of motor vehicles.

Boat Accidents

According to the Coast Guard, about 4168 boating accidents happened in the United States in 2019, and among these 61.4% resulted in injuries and 14.7% resulted in death. This gives a fatality rate of 5.2 deaths per 100,000 registered recreational boats.

Even though most waterways have speed limits when there are multiple vessels present and the majority of states require boating safety courses, these vehicles are largely open and don’t come with a fraction of the safety features that cars do. This is why we still see a relatively high fatality rate despite having a lower number of fatalities overall.

Motorcycle Accidents

Something that every motorist should know is that motorcycles are the most dangerous mode of transportation that someone can use. Similar to boats, they have no additional safety features that make them safer for riders and the acceleration rate of the bike can lead to unsafe conditions if not careful.

The fatality rate of these vehicles has been about 57.45 per 100,000 registered motorcycles over the last decade. This is more than five times that of a car and 11 times greater than boats. Likewise, when looking at fatality rates per billion passenger miles, someone riding a motorcycle can see a fatality rate 18 times higher than every other kind of motor vehicle combined.

No matter what kind of vehicle you drive or the severity of your accident injury, Hinch and Associates PLC encourages all motorists to take extra care when out on the road or water. If you are looking for representation following an accident, call (337) 222-3434 today to schedule a consultation.

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