Do lower gas prices have a bearing on frequency of car accidents?

Over the course of the last couple months, people throughout the United States have rejoiced at paying lower gas prices at the pump. While many may be grateful to have more money available to spend on other things, a study conducted regarding the impact of cheaper gasoline found that there is could be a downside as well. There appears to be a correlation between the amount of money paid for gas and the number of car accidents that occur.

In one state, following a drop in price of $2 per gallon correlated to:

  • 35,000 more accidents resulting in property damage
  • 5,000 additional crashes that resulted in injuries
  • 150 more crashes that were fatal

Certain age groups were impacted more than others. Perhaps unsurprisingly, drivers between the ages of 16 and 19 saw a spike in crashes following a drop in the price of gas. In comparison, those between the ages of 25 and 34 seemed unfazed. One of the study’s researchers indicates that this is due to the fact that they are generally preoccupied with lives—starting families and establishing a career.

The good news is overall, the nation’s roads appear to be safer than they once were. Over the past 10 years, there has been a 25 percent drop in the number of fatalities that occurred on highways. Between 2012 and 2013 alone, the number of fatal crashes decreased by 3.1 percent.

Regardless of why an accident occurs, it is important that those who are hurt or lose loved ones in a crash understand that they may be able to take legal action connected to the harm that was inflicted. A lawyer can help to determine whether negligence on the part of another person may have contributed to the crash occurring.

i 3 Table of Contents

We listen. Your story matters to us.

We have a team of courtroom lawyers with a proven track record to help you tell your story. And we have the resources, the experience and the reputation to make sure you’re heard.

Tell Us About Your Case

Check Consent Box

Honored To Be a Part of Their  Story
"They took a case that others would have stayed clear of.."
I have the utmost respect for Rip Andrews and the lawyers at MRB Law. They took a case that others would have stayed clear of because the issue of state immunity was involved. Through determination and unwavering commitment they were able to a find resolution to an extremely difficult matter.
Nancy Owen
"They took a case that others would have stayed clear of.."
I have the utmost respect for Rip Andrews and the lawyers at MRB Law. They took a case that others would have stayed clear of because the issue of state immunity was involved. Through determination and unwavering commitment they were able to a find resolution to an extremely difficult matter.
Nancy Owen
"They...brought justice to my family through a multi-million dollar verdict ."
These lawyers took a complicated issue, revealed the truth in a way 12 jurors unfamiliar with the topic could understand, and brought justice to my family through a multi-million dollar verdict. They were able to relate my “invisible” medical condition to the jury better than I can to my own friends. And because of that, the jury hugged me and cried with me when it was all over. That meant more to me than any amount of money.
Caroline Malatesta
"They...brought justice to my family through a multi-million dollar verdict."
These lawyers took a complicated issue, revealed the truth in a way 12 jurors unfamiliar with the topic could understand, and brought justice to my family through a multi-million dollar verdict. They were able to relate my “invisible” medical condition to the jury better than I can to my own friends. And because of that, the jury hugged me and cried with me when it was all over. That meant more to me than any amount of money.
Caroline Malatesta
"Our relationship began as strangers but ended in friendship thanks to the compassion he showed ."
I can’t adequately put into words the appreciation I have for Mr. Derrick Mills and MRB Law. He was assertive in his fight for justice for our family during our time of tragedy. Mr. Mills is knowledgeable, passionate and a great communicator. Our relationship began as strangers but ended in friendship thanks to the compassion he showed. Thank you Mr. Mills for being a dedicated professional! Justice done right!
Dana Owens
"Our relationship began as strangers but ended in friendship thanks to the compassion he showed."
I can’t adequately put into words the appreciation I have for Mr. Derrick Mills and MRB Law. He was assertive in his fight for justice for our family during our time of tragedy. Mr. Mills is knowledgeable, passionate and a great communicator. Our relationship began as strangers but ended in friendship thanks to the compassion he showed. Thank you Mr. Mills for being a dedicated professional! Justice done right!
Dana Owens
Related Articles
The most dangerous times for driving: stay alert and safe!
The most dangerous times for driving: stay alert and safe!

Driving is an everyday activity for most of us, but it is important to know that certain times pose a higher risk of getting involved in an accident. Whether because of increased traffic, weather or human factors, knowing the most dangerous times and circumstances for...

How can a malfunctioning seat belt be fatal?
How can a malfunctioning seat belt be fatal?

Seat belts are one of the most important safety equipment inside vehicles; millions of people depend on them daily. This type of equipment has a dramatic impact on a person’s chances of survival in an accident. A malfunctioning seat belt can put drivers and passengers...

Understanding the dangers of defective car seats
Understanding the dangers of defective car seats

Car seats exist to keep babies, toddlers and children safe during a car crash. However, in certain instances, they do not work as they are supposed to due to a defect or flaw in the product. An improperly manufactured car seat can be ineffective and extremely...

Related Videos
Personal Account
Business Account
Investments
Insurance Services
Ohter Services
Debit Card
Credit Card

Your story matters to us

Tell Us Your Story