Greensboro Car Accident Statistics

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By Kimberly BishopMarch 20, 2024

Greensboro is the 3rd largest city in North Carolina with a population of 305,115 (2022) . Unfortunately, in cities with larger populations, car accidents happen every day. Read on to learn about Car Accident Statistics for Greensboro and what they can mean for you and your loved ones.

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Greensboro Car Accident Statistics

In addition to local traffic, Greensboro is host to several highways. The Greensboro Urban Loop carries I-73, I-85, I-785, I-840 and US 421 all within the city limits.

While it seems logical to conclude that more accidents would occur on Greensboro's highways, this is generally incorrect. Traffic accidents occur more frequently on roads, but highway collisions cause more damage and loss of life due to higher speeds.

Per the North Carolina Department of Transportation, in 2022, there were 8,764 car crashes in Greensboro which resulted in 5,427 injuries and 41 deaths. Those numbers average to over 24 car accidents and almost 15 car accident injuries per day (NC DOT). Alcohol was involved in 304 of those crashes with 10 deaths and 246 injuries.

In Guilford County from 2018 - 2022, there was an average of 72 deaths, 7,861 injuries, 180 pedestrian injuries, 26 bicycle accidents and 157 motorcycle accidents per year.

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Per the North Carolina Department of Transportation, distracted driving caused 47,327 auto accidents, 19,072 injuries and 164 deaths in 2022. Distracted driving can result from drivers using their phone, eating, performing personal grooming, fixing radio stations and watching children in the back seat.

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Dangerous traffic areas and travel times in Greensboro

North Carolina DOT data shows that U.S. 29 in Greensboro between Joe Brown Drive and East Florida Street; and 1-40 in Greensboro, between Mile Points 216 and 221 are among the top seven deadliest stretches of highway in North Carolina (via Fox 8).

Also, according to Fox 8, the top three intersections in Greensboro (2017 - 2021) for crashes are 1. Lawndale Drive at West Cornwallis Drive; 2. E. Wendover Ave at North Church Street and 3. Lees Chapel Road/North Church St and Pisgah Church Road.

According to the Charlotte Observer, most fatal accidents happen in North Carolina between 6-7 p.m. Saturday is the most dangerous day to drive and June the most dangerous month. In addition, more speeders and impaired drivers are seen during the holidays (WFMY).

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Tips to Avoid Greensboro 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 Greensboro, avoid Greensboro holiday travel, certain roads from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. and be extra cautious when entering and exiting highways. This would be especially relevant to those 20-39 years of age based on their higher risk of being involved in a fatal car crash.

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Also, watching out for pedestrians, 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 Greensboro 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 also inform them about when the pain started.
  7. Take photos of your bodily injuries when the accident first occurred and also 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.
  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 Greensboro Car Accident Lawyer to help with your case.

Also read: Twenty Steps to Take After Car Accident

How a Greensboro 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.

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

A Greensboro 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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