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.
Pennsylvania Traffic Accidents
- 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.
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 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).
- 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
- 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.