STATISTICS BY AGE
Our 2014-2021 storefront crash statistics are the most complete ever assembled for accidents of this type. Federal and State agencies do not gather statistics on accidents that occur on private property (such as shopping centers, strip malls, and roadside locations) so this information will be very useful to researchers, underwriters, risk managers, and safety professionals.
We believe that this is the most complete collection of such data available, and we have been adding this data to that which was collected in cooperation with the Texas Traffic Institute at Texas A&M University starting in 2012. Our total of documented crashes is now over 20,000 and more and more trends seem to be developing and becoming more clear.
We have collected data on:
stated causes of storefront and similar crashes
ages of drivers of vehicle involved in storefront and similar crashes
category of buildings and businesses struck
vehicle-into-building crash by percentage rate for each state, ranked against each state's percentage of licensed drivers in the US.
A note about our accident numbers: Our research turns up crashes (limited to commercial or public buildings, transit stops, public areas, and other non-residential structures) using anecdotal and media reports, court records, fire department run records, and published studies. These are then analyzed for details such as cause, age of driver, type of building and other information, and are then added into our growing database.
Two items of particular note that need more data and more study:
Driver Age Distribution
Under 30 29%
1) States with the highest numbers of licensed drivers over 65 also rank as the highest states for storefront crashes -- with Florida far and away leading the United States in number of crashes AND rate of crashes versus percentage of licensed drivers. Even though California has 400,000 MORE licensed drivers than Florida, Florida's drivers crash into commercial buildings, businesses, and non-residential structures at a rate that is 70% HIGHER than drivers in California! Our current estimate is that Florida accounts for as many as 17% of all such accidents nationally, and does so with just 10% of all licensed drivers.
2) According to our statistics, 19% of licensed drivers are having 45% of the accidents. These figures represent the reported age of drivers (where an age was given) involved in storefront crashes who are over 60 years old. This number is FAR higher than what is commonly assumed and is FAR higher than anything we have seen elsewhere. MORE STUDY AND MORE ANALYSIS IS NEEDED -- please contact us for more information and how you can get involved.