In our automobile-centric society, car crashes are never too far from our minds. Especially with winter weather having set in, navigating the perils of hazardous roads is part of every responsible driver’s basic responsibilities. One of the best ways to prevent accidents is by awareness of what causes them. To this end, we’d like to share a few surprising car crash statistics.
The Third Leading Cause of Death in the U.S.
According to the CDC, ‘accidents’ stand as the third leading cause of death in the United States. A majority of these result from car crashes. You are nearly as likely to die in such an accident as you are from heart disease or cancer. This is not to mention the magnitudes of people who sustain life-altering injuries.
A Fatal Crash Occurs Every Sixteen Minutes
In case the first of our car crash statistics was not enough, consider this one: an American dies in a car crash every sixteen minutes on average. This equates to about 90 deaths per day. Even among individuals who survive severe accidents, they account for more medical costs than any other form of personal injury.
Most Occur Near Home
When people think of car crashes, they might tend to think of those that take place while on long-distance drives. You might want to rethink this conception, as statistics show that a majority of crashes occur near the home of the victim.
Although, you should keep in mind that this correlation might have more to do with the fact that a majority of people’s driving takes place on their daily commutes or other errands around town. The lesson here is that you should always be alert.
Drunk Driving the Leading Cause
Losing a loved one or sustaining severe injuries from a car crash can be immensely painful. That pain can be made worse by the knowledge that it was the result of another’s negligence or reckless behavior. Sadly, this is all too often the case. Statistics suggest that the leading cause of car crashes is drunk driving. This is followed by other avoidable reckless behaviors such as speeding or distracted driving.
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