As a safety advocacy website, we compiled Pennsylvania traffic accident statistics to help paint the picture in more detail.

Pennsylvania’s Traffic and Population

In 2015, the state of Pennsylvania had:

  • 67 counties.
  • More than 120,000 miles of road.
  • Approximately 99.8 billion vehicle miles of travel.
  • A population of 12,802,503.

Traffic Accident on the Highway

Pennsylvania Traffic Accidents

During 2015:

  • There were a total of 127,127 traffic incidents reported in the state of Pennsylvania.
  • 1,200 people died in traffic accidents.
  • Pennsylvania traffic accidents led to approximately 80,000 injuries.
  • An average of 348 crashes occurred each day, which translates to 15 accidents per hour.
  • An average of 225 people were injured each day.
  • An average of three people died in traffic accidents each day, with one death occurring roughly every seven hours.
  • Approximately 1.2 people died for every 100 million vehicle miles traveled.

Trends

When compared to 2014:

  • The total number of crashes reported in Pennsylvania in 2015 represented a 4.8 percent increase.
  • The number of injuries reported in 2015 represented a 2.8 percent increase.
  • The number of fatalities reported in 2015 represented a 0.4 percent increase.

Types of Accidents

The most common types of accidents occurring in Pennsylvania in 2015 included collisions with stationary objects, angled crashes and rear ends. Specifically:

  • Collisions with stationary objects accounted for 31.4 percent of crashes and 38.3 percent of fatalities.
  • Angled crashes accounted for 26.3 percent of crashes and 19.1 percent of fatalities.
  • Rear end collisions accounted for 22.4 percent of crashes and 5.3 percent of fatalities.
  • Sideswipes accounted for 6.4 percent of crashes and 4 percent of fatalities.
  • Collisions with pedestrians accounted for 3.1 percent of crashes and 11.8 percent of fatalities.
  • Head on collisions accounted for 3.5 percent of crashes and 12.9 percent of fatalities.

Driver-Related Statistics

Driver error is the most common causes of traffic accidents. Of the 127,127 crashes reported in Pennsylvania during 2015:

  • 33,176 were related to speed (26.1 percent).
  • 14,805 involved a distracted driver (11.6 percent). 1,077 of these accidents involved a driver using a cell phone.
  • 12,928 involved an illegal or improper turn (10.2 percent)
  • 9,520 involved an intoxicated driver (7.5 percent)
  • 8,434 occurred because a driver proceeded without clearance (6.6 percent).
  • 5,829 involved tailgating (4.6 percent).
  • 4,389 involved careless or illegal passing (3.5 percent).
  • 2,606 involved a drowsy driver (2 percent).

Victim-Related Statistics

During 2015:

  • 1 out of every 44 residents of Pennsylvania was involved in a crash.
  • 1 out of every 156 residents of Pennsylvania was injured in crash.
  • 1 out of every 10,669 residents of Pennsylvania died in a crash.
  • 153 pedestrians died in traffic accidents, while 4,185 were injured.
  • 16 bicyclists died in traffic accidents, while 1,268 bicyclists were injured.
  • 40 percent of people who died in Pennsylvania crashes were occupants of a passenger car.
  • Drivers of passenger cars accounted for 76.9 percent of passenger car deaths. Passengers in the front seat accounted for another 17.4 percent of passenger car deaths.
  • 50.6 percent of victims who died as drivers or passengers were not wearing a safety belt at the time of the crash.

Economic Loss Related to Car Accidents

In 2015:

  • Fatalities in traffic accidents produced an economic loss of approximately $6.5 million per death, for a total of more than $7.8 billion.
  • Major injuries in traffic accidents produced an economic loss of approximately $1.4 million per victim, for a total of $4.3 billion.
  • Moderate injuries in traffic accidents produced an economic loss of approximately $95,700 per victim, for a total of $1.2 billion.
  • Minor injuries in traffic accidents produced an economic loss of approximately $7,620 per victim, for a total of $300 million.
  • Experts estimate that the total economic loss related to traffic accidents in 2015 equated to $1,103 for every person in the state.