How Many Car Accidents in a Lifetime By Steve Charpentier on May 02, 2019

A car after an auto accidentThe average person sleeps for one-third of their life, which is around 22 to 25 years. If that number’s fascinating to you, you may be interested to learn that the average person will take more than 700 million breaths over the course of their life. Here’s a question you may not have asked: How many car accidents does an average person get into in their lifetime?

Skilled Melbourne, FL auto accident attorney Stephen G. Charpentier decided to look into this question and found some surprising answers. We can discuss more practical matters about car during a consultation at Charpentier Law Firm, P.A., but for now, let’s find out how many car crashes the average person experiences.

Is There Really an Estimate for a Lifetime of Auto Accidents?


It’s odd to think about it, but the insurance industry has some numbers that can be extrapolated to arrive at an average number of car crashes a person will experience in their life.

How Often Will I Have an Auto Accident in My Lifetime?

According to a 2011 article in Forbes, the average driver will file an insurance claim for a collision every 17.9 years. The article goes on to state that if you get your license at age 16, there’s a very real possibility that you will be in at least one car crash by the time you are 34 years old.

Extrapolating those numbers out and considering the average lifespan of an American, you’re likely to be involved in around three to four auto accidents in the course of your life.

Again, every driver is different, and some are safer (or luckier) than others. In fact, some of these collisions may just involve damage to your vehicle only. Regardless, three to four is a pretty conservative estimate for your average driver, whether they’re here in Melbourne or somewhere around Tallahassee.

Looking at Daily Auto Accident Numbers

Given the sheer numbers of auto accidents every year, three to four crashes doesn’t seem like too many collision over the course of a life.

Looking at auto accident numbers from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 7.27 million auto accidents reported to the police in 2016. This number combines all fatal collisions, injury crashes, and accidents that only result in vehicle damage.

This means that on an average day in 2016, there were 19,937 collisions in the United States. When you think about collisions in these terms, it should come as no surprise that people may get into accidents every 18 years.

How to Avoid Collisions Every 17.9 Years

If you want to try to beat the average number we’ve cited above, it’s important that you drive safely at all times. Observe all rules of the road, and make sure you follow the speed limit, use signals when merging and turning, and avoid driving while under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

Since weather and road conditions can contribute to crashes, you can avoid hazardous situations by checking traffic reports and weather updates before you get on the road. Knowing there’s a dangerous condition ahead of time allows you to prepare accordingly and be safer behind the wheel.

Contact Our Team of Auto Accident Attorneys

To learn more about motor vehicle collisions and what your legal options may be following a crash, be sure to contact our skilled car accident and auto collision lawyers. The team at Charpentier Law Firm, P.A. is here to help. You can reach our Melbourne office by phone at (321) 631-5446.

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