40,000 Fatalities Each Year From Car Wrecks

Written by greg on January 25, 2014

In our previous article we discussed some new and interesting data related to vehicle collisions that should give the driver pause before making unsafe driving decisions such as driving intoxicated or distracted. Consider the following information.

Statistics on Car Accidents

*In the case of head-on collisions, the result is often one or more fatalities – while only a minor portion of these are injury-producing only and even less result in property damage alone. In other words, head-on collisions are almost certain to cause death.

*Other causes of fatalities include loss of control of a vehicle when negotiating a curve, an unawareness of slowed traffic ahead and/ or vehicle merging or changing lanes. In addition, the top five causes of car accidents are: failure to yield the right of way, speeding or driving too fast for road conditions, failing to stop at lights or stop signs, reckless driving and drunk or drugged driving.

*In terms of cost – accidents account for a significant portion of the Gross National Product. The total cost of accidents averages over $32 billion dollars a year to the economy – of which nearly a billion and a half goes to emergency services, another $11 billion goes to legal costs, and $20 billion goes to lost productivity.  Another $39 billion is spent in property damages.

*An average of 40,000 people lose their lives each year on American roadways. Everyone needs to drive safely.

In fact automobile crashes are the leading cause of death of teenage driver in America.  Teaching your children how to drive early and communicating safe driving techniques when they are young and impressionable can go a long way to starting with a lead in the auto safety department.

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