Oregon Auto Accident Statistics

1. According to statistics, the majority of crashes involving teen drivers are caused by teenagers aged 15 to 20 who have not undergone driver education.

2. From 2016 to 2020, Oregon witnessed 15,538 crashes, which led to 186 fatalities and 24,126 injuries caused by distracted driving.

3. In Oregon, there was a 15% increase in traffic deaths from 2020 to 2021, reaching the highest number since 1989, estimated at 599.

4. Sixty-three people died in traffic crashes in 2021 and another sixty-three in 2022.  These are the highest fatalities in over three decades.

5. On average, 72% of Portland’s traffic deaths happen during darker conditions, including dusk, nighttime, and dawn.

6. The annual pedestrian death toll increased from an average of 16 in 2018-2020 to 27 in 2021 and 28 in 2022.

7. According to PBOT, the 30 busy, multi-lane streets identified as high crash corridors comprise less than 10% of the city’s streets but accounted for 70% of the motor vehicle deaths in the previous year.

8. According to data from Insurify, Oregon has a rate of drivers with prior at-fault accidents that is 11% higher than the national average, at 13.93%.

9. In Oregon, 28.8% of traffic deaths are a result of speeding.

10. The percentage of motor vehicle fatalities from hit-and-run crashes increased from 22% in 2021 to 27% in 2022. The number of fatalities in hit-and-run crashes in 2022 was seventeen, which is an increase compared to fourteen in 2021 and seven in 2020.

1.

A significant number of car accidents involving teenage drivers occur among individuals aged 15 to 20 who have not received formal driver education.

Car accidents involving teen drivers are a serious problem in the state of Oregon. According to statistics from the Oregon Department of Transportation, teens aged 15 to 20 account for 91% of car crashes in the state. This statistic has only been increasing over time as more and more young people get behind the wheel without having received driver’s education or proper training. [1]

The reasons for these accidents are numerous and include factors such as inexperience, lack of awareness, poor judgment, and driving under the influence. In order to reduce the number of crashes involving teens, it is important for parents to ensure their children receive adequate education and training before getting behind the wheel.

2.

From 2016 to 2020, there were 15,538 crashes in Oregon that were caused by distracted driving, resulting in 186 fatalities and 24,126 injuries.

From 2016 to 2020, the state of Oregon has seen a shocking number of crashes due to distracted driving. Over the course of these five years, 15,538 crashes occurred on Oregon’s roads and highways, resulting in 186 fatalities and 24,126 injuries. [2]

Distracted driving is a major problem in the state of Oregon and has been a leading cause of auto accidents in recent years. According to statistics from the Oregon Department of Transportation

There were 1,237 crashes, resulting in 24 fatalities and 1,824 injuries caused by drivers who were reported to have been using a cell phone at the time of the crash. Distracted driving accounts for nearly 25% of all motor vehicle collisions in the state.

The most common forms of distracted driving include texting while driving, talking on a cell phone while driving, eating or drinking behind the wheel, and using GPS or other navigation systems. In order to reduce the number of auto accidents caused by distracted driving, it is important for drivers to be aware of their surroundings and focus on driving instead of engaging in activities that can distract them from the road.

3.

The number of traffic accident deaths in Oregon saw a 15% increase from 2020 to 2021, reaching the highest recorded number since 1989, estimated at 599.

Oregon saw a worrying increase in traffic fatalities last year, with the motor vehicle crash death toll reaching its highest level since 1989. According to statistics released by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), there were 599 traffic deaths in 2021—a 15% increase from 2020.

In 2021, the number of fatalities in car accidents across Oregon rose significantly. According to data from the Oregon Department of Transportation, there were 581 fatalities last year, representing a 15% increase from 2020. [3]

Portland Traffic Accident Statistics
4.

A total of sixty-three fatalities occurred in traffic crashes in both 2021 and 2022, marking the highest number of deaths in over three decades.

The state of Oregon experienced a surge in traffic fatalities in both 2021 and 2022. The total number of individuals who lost their lives in auto accidents reached a staggering sixty-three each year, representing the highest number of motor vehicle deaths in over three decades.

This statistic serves as a harsh reminder of the importance of safe driving practices and the need for increased awareness and improved road safety measures in the region. The occurrence of these tragedies highlights the pressing need for both the public and authorities to address this issue and take immediate action to prevent further loss of lives on Oregon’s roads. [4]

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5.

Seventy-four percent of Portland's traffic deaths occurred in darker conditions, which include dusk, nighttime, and dawn, with a three-year average of 72%

It is a sobering fact that a large majority of Portland’s traffic fatalities, specifically 74%, took place in darker conditions consisting of dusk, nighttime, and dawn. This statistic is derived from a three-year average of 72% and serves as a critical reminder of the heightened risks involved when driving during low visibility hours.

It emphasizes the importance of being extra cautious during these times and highlights the need for increased awareness, proper lighting, and adherence to road safety regulations in order to mitigate the number of tragic accidents that occur during darker conditions in the city. [5]

6.

The annual pedestrian death toll saw an increase from an average of 16 in 2018-2020 to 27 in 2021 and 28 in 2022.

Over the past three years, Oregon has seen an increase in pedestrian fatalities due to auto accidents. In 2018, there were 16 pedestrian fatalities across the state, which increased to 27 in 2021 and 28 in 2022. These increases have raised alarm amongst safety advocates as it is becoming increasingly clear that more needs to be done to protect pedestrians from being involved in potentially deadly auto accidents. [5]

The Oregon Department of Transportation has identified two main causes for the increase in pedestrian deaths: speed and impaired driving. Both of these factors lead to drivers not being able to react quickly enough to avoid collisions with pedestrians. Engaging in either of these behaviors is highly dangerous and can be fatal if it leads to an auto accident involving a pedestrian.

Portland Traffic Accident Statistics
7.

Based on PBOT's accident statistics, the 30 high crash corridors, which only make up less than 10% of the city's streets, were responsible for 70% of the traffic fatalities in the previous year.

In recent years, Oregon has seen an alarming rise in traffic fatalities. The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) has identified 30 busy, multi-lane streets across the state as high crash corridors accounting for 70% of all traffic fatalities in the previous year. This is despite these streets making up less than 10% of the city’s total number of streets. [5]

8.

The rate of drivers with prior at-fault accidents in Oregon is 13.93%, which is 11% higher than the national average.

Oregon has some of the most dangerous roads in the United States, with a disproportionately large number of car accidents each year. Based on data from Insurify, Oregon has a rate of drivers with prior at-fault accidents that is 11% higher than the national average, at 13.93%. This means that there is an increased risk of being involved in an auto accident if you are driving in Oregon. [6]

At-Fault Accident Statistics
9.

In Oregon, 28.8% of total traffic deaths are caused by speeding.

In Oregon, speeding has proven to be a deadly contributor to traffic fatalities, accounting for a significant portion of the total.

Shockingly, 28.8% of all traffic deaths in the state can be attributed to drivers exceeding the speed limit or driving too fast for the given conditions. [7] 

This statistic serves as a chilling reminder of the dangers associated with speeding and the urgent need for increased awareness and enforcement of speed limits. 

Oregon Speeding Traffic Deaths
10.

The hit-and-run death rate increased from 22% in 2021 to 27% in 2022. Also, in 2022, there were 17 hit-and-run fatalities, up from 14 in 2021 and 7 in 2020.

In Oregon, hit-and-run fatalities have been steadily increasing since 2020. In 2021, fourteen people died in hit-and-run crashes, representing 22% of all motor vehicle fatalities in the state. In 2022, that number increased to seventeen deaths, for a total of 27% of all fatalities. This was an increase of five more deaths than in 2021 and ten more than in 2020. [3]

Hit-and-Run Death Rates

If you or a loved one have been injured in an Oregon auto accident, contact our experienced Portland auto accident attorneys today! We can help you get the compensation you deserve.  Call us at (971) 339-8080 or fill out the form for a free consultation

Sources:

[1] McCarthy, D. (2023, August 8). Teen crashes in Oregon tied to lack of driver education. KMTR. https://nbc16.com/teen-crashes-in-oregon-tied-to-lack-of-driver-education

[2] Oregon Department of Transportation : Distracted Driving : Safety : State of Oregon. (n.d.). Oregon Department of Transportation : Distracted Driving : Safety : State of Oregon. https://www.oregon.gov/odot/safety/pages/distracted.aspx

[3] Portland Bureau of Transportation. (2023, February). PORTLAND 2022 DEADLY TRAFFIC CRASH REPORT. In VISION ZERO. Retrieved July 21, 2023, from https://www.portland.gov/transportation/vision-zero/documents/vision-zero-portland-2022-deadly-traffic-crash-report/download

[4] 63 people were killed in Portland traffic crashes in 2022, report says. (n.d.). Opb. https://www.opb.org/article/2023/03/13/portland-traffic-deaths-crash-2022-bureau-of-transportation/

[5] PBOT urges the public to slow down, as speed, impairment keep pedestrian deaths at historic high level in Portland, across U.S. in 2022. (2023, March 13). Portland.gov. https://www.portland.gov/transportation/news/2023/3/13/pbot-urges-public-slow-down-speed-impairment-keep-pedestrian-deaths

[6] Oregon Car Accident Laws and Personal Injury Claims. (n.d.). Enjuris. https://www.enjuris.com/oregon/car-crashes/

[7] 28.8% of Traffic Deaths in Oregon Involve Speeding | MyCentralOregon.com – Horizon Broadcasting Group, LLC. (2020, June 24). MyCentralOregon.com. https://www.mycentraloregon.com/2020/06/24/28-8-of-traffic-deaths-in-oregon-involve-speeding/

 

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