Eugene is a city of the Pacific Northwest located in the State of Oregon. It is the second largest city in the state (after Portland) and the county seat of Lane County. It is located at the south end of the Willamette Valley, near the confluence of the McKenzie and Willamette rivers, about 50 miles (80 km) east of the Oregon Coast.
As of the 2010 census, Eugene had a population of 156,185, and Lane County (co-located with the Eugene-Springfield Metropolitan Statistical Area) (MSA) had a population of 351,715. While Eugene has long been the second-largest city in Oregon, it was briefly surpassed by Salem between 2005 and 2007. The Eugene-Springfield, Oregon MSA is the 146th largest metropolitan statistical area of the U.S., and the third-largest in the state, behind the Portland Metropolitan Area and the Salem Metropolitan Area. The city’s population was estimated by the Portland Research Center to be 159,580 in 2013.
The Oregon Department of Transportation recently released the accident statistics for 2010, including car accidents, motorcyclists, bicyclists, etc. These statistics can help us understand the causes of accidents, the dangers of driving, and how to prevent injuries.
- There were 317 deaths in 292 fatal accidents (11.78% decline in crashes, and 15.92% decline in deaths from 2009).
- There were 30,493 people injured in 20,879 accidents (increase of 9.58% in accidents, and 8.31% in injuries over 2009)
- There were 22,923 property-only accidents (increase of 4.73% over 2009).
- There were 210 accidents involving bicycles, tricycles, unicycles, and pedal cars.
- There 792 pedestrians injured (20% increase over 2010).
- 148 school buses were involved in collisions.
- There were 1,711 accidents involved trucks.
- There were 849 accidents involving motorcycles.
- 8,165 traffic accidents in 2010 involved a driver between 15-20.
- In car accidents, 171 drivers died and 77 passengers died.
- 62 pedestrians died
- 7 cyclists died
- Almost 25% of those injured in accidents were children between 0 and 14.
- 36% of non-fatal traffic accidents were rear-end collisions.
- The most dangerous time to be driving in Oregon is between 5pm and 6pm on Fridays in December.
Unfortunately, many people are injured in accidents that they have not caused and this means they are eligible to receive compensation for their injuries. If you have been injured in an Eugene, Oregon accident, call the Portland car accident attorneys to make sure that the at-fault driver’s insurance covers your medical bills, lost wages, and property damages.