Cary Car Accident Statistics

NC Car Accident Lawyer
By Kimberly BishopApril 11, 2024

Cary is the 7th largest city in North Carolina with a population of 180,388 (2022). Cities with larger populations tend to have more car accidents. Read on to learn about Car Accident Statistics for Cary and what they can mean for you and your loved ones.

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Cary Car Accident Statistics

Cary's close proximity to Research Triangle Park and being home to numerous technology companies (including the world's largest privately held software company, SAS) makes Cary a great place to live and work. Almost 70% of the adults in Cary have a bachelor's degree or higher.

This also means that Cary has its fair share of commuter traffic and unfortunately, car accidents.

In 2022, per the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NC DOT), there were 2,299 car crashes with 817 injuries and 1 fatal car crash in Cary. Alcohol was involved in 88 of the crashes and 54 of the injuries. Pedestrians were injured in 19 of the crashes as well as 9 bicyclists.

From 2020 - 2022, Cary had 10,095 crashes with 10 fatalities and 1,691 non-fatal injuries. Alcohol was involved in 2.93% of the crashes per the NC DOT.

Depending on which part of Cary you live in, you could be a resident of Wake, Chatham or Durham County. In 2022, in Wake County alone, there were 30,517 crashes with 11,303 injuries and 110 fatalities.

If you live in the Wake County portion of Cary, you may be more likely to be involved in a car accident by simple statistics alone.

Unfortunately, studies have been completed that show that North Carolina has some of the most dangerous rural roads in America. "The state has 70.45 accidents for every billion miles driven. Another interesting statistic is that 44.3% of these crashes occur on roads with a 55 mph speed limit. That’s 64.7% higher than the national average which is 26.9%" (via WBAV).

According to the Charlotte Observer, the most dangerous time of day to drive in North Carolina is from 6-7 p.m.; Saturday was the most dangerous day and June is the most dangerous month.

Also read Four Most Dangerous NC Drivers and NC Distracted Drivers

Tips to Avoid Cary Car Accidents

Based on the data above, as a broad generalization, if you want to reduce your chances of being involved in a car accident in Cary, avoid being on the road from 6-7 p.m., high traffic areas and try to avoid Saturday traffic if you can.

Also read Twenty Tips to Avoid Car Accidents

Also, watching out for pedestrians, motorcycles, tractor trailers and buses can help avoid accidents. Despite a commercial vehicle drivers' best efforts to keep a look out, we do know that large vehicles have large blind spots (via FMCSA).

Distracted driving is problematic for all North Carolina drivers. While a fellow driver may be driving distracted, keeping a close lookout for distracted driving behaviors can prevent you from being hurt due to their negligence.

Distracted driving behaviors to watch out for can include lane departure, swerving, visibly holding a phone, driving too fast or too slow, tailgating, sudden braking and failure to use a turn signal, to name a few (via EverCare).

Avoiding car accidents at all costs and protecting yourself and your family is always the best action to take. Don't assume that the other driver sees you or that they will do the right thing. Putting your life in the hands of someone else is never a good idea.

What to do if you have been involved in a Cary Car Accident

  1. After an accident, always call 911 and report motor vehicle accidents. If you do not report the accident, the at-fault party can say that the accident did not really occur.
  2. Be courteous to the at-fault party. Mistakes happen and you do not want to take any action that will diminish your position as a victim.
  3. Take photos of your car and the at-fault parties' car if you can at the scene.
  4. Seek immediate medical treatment after the accident or tell the officer you need EMS.
  5. Follow all medical advice.
  6. If you are in pain, you need to report that pain to your medical providers and inform them about when the pain started.
  7. Take photos of your bodily injuries when the accident first occurred and throughout the healing process. Photos of injuries speak volumes!
  8. File a claim with the at-fault party's insurance company.
  9. Obtain a copy of the accident report from the police officer who was at the scene or the agency that they work for. You can access accident reports online at the Cary Police Department (CPD).
  10. Verify that the police report is correct about what happened. If the police report is not correct, you will need to contact the officer.
  11. Decide if you need a Cary Car Accident Lawyer to help with your case.

Also read: Twenty Steps to Take After Car Accident

How a Cary Car Accident Lawyer near you can help

If you have sustained an injury in a motor vehicle accident that was not your fault, under NC Law, you can recover the cost of your medical expenses, lost wages and pain & suffering. If a physician determines that you will need future medical care and resulting missed time from work, you can also be compensated for those future needs as well.

Also read What does a Car Accident Lawyer Do?

If the at-fault party was willful or malicious, you may also be entitled to punitive damages. An attorney can help ensure you receive all the compensation that you are entitled to. Don't rely on the insurance company to inform you of your rights to recovery.

A Cary Car Accident Lawyer can help you achieve fair compensation and help you negotiate with the insurance adjuster. If the insurance adjuster will not offer a fair settlement, a car accident attorney can help you decide if litigation is the correct choice for your case and then navigate your case through the North Carolina courts.

The Bishop Law Firm is a contingent fee law firm which means that we do not get paid unless we win and we offer free case reviews. Call us today, 919-615-3095, or start your free case review online now.

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