Posted On: August 18, 2011 by Steven D. Eversole

Fatal Car Accidents in Birmingham Land City on Most Dangerous List

Recently, CNBC conducted a study to figure out which cities in the United States would rank as the top 15 most dangerous places to drive.

Fatal car accidents in Birmingham, Alabama were frequent enough to land our city on the top 15 list. The study took into consideration cities with populations of 150,000 people or more and then took the area's most recent traffic accident data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System to determine which places were most likely to experience a fatal car accident.

Our Birmingham car accident attorneys understand that there are a number of factors that can contribute to fatal car accidents. Some of these factors include the number of residents, the design of roadways, the age of motorists, the weather conditions and the number of visiting motorists a place typically sees. By raising awareness about the dangers that our area faces, we can begin to make our roadways a little bit safer.

Here are the 15 most dangerous cities, according to the CNBC study, to drive in and the death rate for the city per 100,000 population:

15.) Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: 13.41

14.) Birmingham, Alabama: 13.55

13.) Tulsa, Oklahoma: 14.00

12.) St. Petersburg, Florida: 14.27

11.) Jacksonville, Florida: 14.36

10.) Lubbock, Texas: 14.97

9.) Memphis, Tennessee: 15.08

8.) Jackson, Mississippi: 15.53

7.) Chattanooga, Tennessee: 16.39

6.) Salt Lake City, Utah: 16.51

5.) San Bernardino, California: 17.12

4.) Little Rock, Arkansas: 17.94

3.) Augusta-Richmond Co., Georgia: 19.57

2.) Orlando, Florida: 19.95

1.) Fort Lauderdale, Florida: 22.39

Birmingham, Alabama ranked 14th on the list. The fact that we're even on that list is proof that something needs to be done in our area to help better protect our motorists from a fatal traffic accident. Residents are asked keep an eye out for deteriorating roads, changed speeds and to look out for the carelessness of other motorists on our roadways.

Each year, more than 40,000 people died because of traffic accidents in the United States. Motor-vehicle accidents are the number one cause of death for U.S. residents under the age of 36. About a third of all accidents report a speeding driver as a contributor. About a half of all deadly traffic accidents in the country occur at night. In 2009, the U.S. witnessed nearly 5 million car accidents.

In 2008, 31 people were killed in Birmingham because of traffic accidents.

Of the 2009 fatal accidents in Birmingham:

-Nearly 50 vehicles were involved.

-More than 70 people were involved.

-Nearly ten of the fatal accidents involved a drunk driver.

-Seven pedestrian died because of traffic accidents.

And these statistics only include fatal accidents. Thousands more were injured on our roadways. Car accidents can be caused by any number of factors, including emergency response vehicles, farm equipment, malfunctioning road devices, defective car parts, road design, weather conditions and careless drivers. It is important for you to contact an experienced attorney if you've been involved in a motor-vehicle accident as a lawyer can help to examine every aspect of the accident to determine your rights.

Additional Resources:

15 Dangerous Cities for Driving, CNBC, by Colleen Kane

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