Car Accidents in Lackawanna County
Driving is a daily habit for many people across the country. Cars allow people to get to work, social events, and essential businesses. However, for all the conveniences that driving provides, there are risks that need to be considered. Car accidents occur on a regular basis, and they can cause extensive damages, including personal injuries.
Car accident attorneys at the Foley Law Firm have seen how car accidents can affect their clients. We are committed to bringing awareness to the dangers of car accidents in Scranton, PA, Stroudsburg, PA, Wilkes-Barre, PA, and nearby areas. In this particular article, we review recently released data for car accidents in Lackawanna County.
Lackawanna County Car Accidents in 2018
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, or DOT, has recently released the 2018 Pennsylvania Crash Facts and Statistics. This report analyzes Pennsylvania’s accident data for the year. It provides our clients insights into the state’s car accidents by looking at a number of different factors, including accident causes, the types of accidents that occur, and the location of car accidents.
In Lackawanna County, there were 2,687 reportable car accidents during 2018. Lackawanna car accidents accounted for 2.1 percent of the state’s 128,420 car accidents for the year. This number is just slightly disproportionate to its population. There are 210,793 residents in Lackawanna County, which makes up 1.7 percent of the state’s population.
Accident injuries and deaths in Lackawanna County were also slightly higher than would be expected based on its population. The DOT reports that Lackawanna County recorded 1,197 injury crashes (2.1 percent of the total injury crashes for the state) and 28 fatal injury crashes (2.5 percent of the total fatal injury crashes for the state).
The Five-Year Trend of Lackawanna County Accidents
Looking at the five-year trend of Lackawanna County car accidents as reported by the DOT, it is clear that the number of car accidents in this area has remained consistent. The number of recordable car accidents in Lackawanna County between 2014 and 2018 were:
- 2014 - 2,580 (2.1 percent of the the state’s accidents for the year)
- 2015 - 2,587 (2 percent of the state’s accidents)
- 2016 - 2,690 (2.1 percent of the state’s accidents)
- 2017 - 2,712 (2.1 percent of the state’s accidents)
- 2018 - 2,687 (2.1 percent of the state’s accidents)
Five-Year Trend for Lackawanna County Traffic Fatalities
It is interesting for our clients to note that while the number of car accidents in Lackawanna County has remained steady over the past five years, the number of traffic fatalities took a notable increase in 2018. The number of traffic fatalities in Lackawanna County between
2014 and 2018 were:
- 2014 - 17 (1.4 percent of the state’s traffic fatalities)
- 2015 - 19 (1.6 percent of the state’s traffic fatalities)
- 2016 - 20 (1.7 percent of the state’s traffic fatalities)
- 2017 - 20 (1.8 percent of the state’s traffic fatalities)
- 2018 - 30 (2.5 percent of the state’s traffic fatalities)
If you have been injured in one of the many accidents that takes place in Pennsylvania each year, attorneys at the Foley Law Firm can help you hold liable drivers accountable for accident damages. To learn more about your potential right to financial compensation, call our law firm at (570) 342-8194, or send us a message at your earliest convenience.