Car Accidents Deaths in Utah
In 2020, Utah saw 276 motor vehicle collision fatalities—the most the state has seen in the past seven years (Utah Department of Public Safety). Total crashes totaled 52,691. Of those crashes, 23,061 victims suffered injuries.
According to the Utah Highway Patrol, most deaths result from human error. Speeding and distracted driving are two of the top causes of car accident deaths. Wild animals also contribute to a number of crashes. Many accidents result from failing to listen to warnings from authorities regarding weather and other dangerous conditions. Drunk driving and failing to wear seatbelts are also contributors.
- Fatal crashes are most likely to occur around 5:00 p.m. However, they occur at all times of the day.
- Drivers ages 21-24 account for the largest number of car accident deaths in Utah, followed by drivers ages 13-20.
- Drug and alcohol use are the top underlying causes for fatal traffic crashes in Utah; speed is also a significant factor in a number of crashes.
- Many fatalities could be avoided by wearing a seatbelt.
- Accidents are more common in the summer months than in the winter.