In the United States, more than 6 million automobile accidents occur every year. An automobile crash kills a person every 12 minutes, which results in around 40,000 deaths a year nation wide. So throughout all of our driving careers, there is little doubt that many of us have never seen an accident occur, been in an accident, or seen the result of an accident.
Though we may be well acquainted with accidents due to so many occurring, there are some very interesting facts surrounding automobile crashes that may well take some people by surprise. Some of this information may help you to avoid the likely hood of getting into a car accident in the future, while the rest will simply be interesting. Either way and without further ado, lets get into the meat of it. Here are some facts about automobile accidents you might not have known.
Facts About Car Crashes
-About 30% more car crash fatalities occur in rural areas than in urban areas. This is generally due to people driving faster since less people are around.
-Around 40% of all fatal crashes involved the consumption of alcohol.
-If a driver is between the ages of 16-19, they are four times as likely to get into a car wreck.
-While talking on the cell phone while driving, your chance of making a driving error is increased by 400%.
-Only 10% of teenagers admit to wearing a seatbelt while driving.
-On average, 14 teens die a day due to car crashes. That equates to around 5,000 teens a year. Over 300,000 are injured during a wreck every year as well.
-Of all the male drivers between the ages of 15 and 20 who were killed in car crashes, 38% of them were speeding while 24% of them were driving while under the influence.
-Every year, around 150 people die due to colliding with dear on the road. Over 10,000 people are injured every year due to this as well.
-Of the entire U.S car related fatalities that occur every year, over 31% are due to vehicles running off of the road.
-Of all the places in the U.S, Allstate Insurance claims that Newark, NJ is the most likely place to get into a car wreck.
-Contrary to popular belief, most accidents do not occur on long distance trips. Rather, the majority of accidents happen only 3.1 miles away from home.
-Of all the automobile accident types; head-on collisions, rear enders, side impacts, etc. Rollovers are absolutely the most deadly of them all, as one could easily imagine.
-Males are twice as likely to cause an accident than female drivers are.
-Between the hours of midnight and 3 am on the weekend is when the most fatal accidents occur.
-Every year around 14 child pedestrian are killed by school buses.
-Of all total accidents, fires erupt .1% of the time, but result in 3% of all fatalities.
-Pedestrian fatalities occur every year on average for 1.58 people out of every 100,000.
-The state of New Mexico has the highest pedestrian fatality rate at 2.94 out of 100,000. While Nebraska has the lowest at .52 out of 100,000.
Now all of these statistics and facts paint a pretty gruesome and dangerous picture regarding automobile safety. However, the biggest point should be to simply wear your seat belt, donâ€™t mess around on your cell phone, and donâ€™t speed nor drive while under the influence. If you can do these four things, your chances of avoiding an accident, and specifically one that results in a fatality is significantly lowered.
Another point to note is educating both children and teens on how dangerous both roads and automobiles can be. Teaching them to be alert and aware will go a long way in helping to avoid them coming into any harm. Not to mention that by educating people early on, they will have both a better understanding and appreciation for automobile safety. Itâ€™s a shame when you think of all the senseless lives lost due to simply a lack of caution.
One last point before we close out is that many statistics do not take into account vehicle type beyond being trucks, cars, motorcycles etc. Certain models of vehicles are not only rated safer against accidents, but many have problems that are not considered. Such as blind spots, vehicle responsiveness, handling, etc. Better educating people on these points will also go a long way when helping to avoid accidents from occurring in the future. Drive safely, and remember to stay frosty folks!