Traffic accidents are an unfortunate fact of life. They happen every day around the world, more often than you are probably aware of, and cause untold damage and suffering to millions of people.
By the numbers, the statistics of accidents are staggering. But which accidents happen more frequently, and which ones cause more damage?
Check out these statistics of accidents in numbers: they might surprise you!
5 Statistics of Road Traffic Accidents That You May Not Have Known
- On average, U.S. drivers spend 50.6 minutes each day behind the wheel of a car. Considering there are around 222 million licensed drivers in the country, that is a lot of windshield time. Unfortunately, not all of that time is spent carefully paying attention to the road, and every year nearly 1.3 million people die in road crashes, or an average of 3,287 deaths every day. Another 20-50 million people are injured.
- Distracted driving is the largest safety concern amongst U.S. citizens today. Distracted drivers account for a huge percentage of accidents that could have been prevented. In 2015 alone, drivers between the age of 20 and 29 who were using their cell phones at the time of an accident were responsible for 33 percent of road crashes involving fatalities.
- Motorcyclists travel millions of miles across the country every year. Each year, though, the number of fatalities of motorcycle accidents has been steadily increasing. In 2016, there were 5,400 accidents involving a motorcyclist who was fatally injured. Many of these accidents were preventable.
- Road crashes are one of the most expensive costs to U.S. citizens. Vehicle accidents cost an average of $230.6 billion per year, or about $820 per person if you break it down to the basics. We pay for it individually with rising costs of insurance and state and federal taxes. In low- and middle-income countries, the cost can exceed $65 billion every year, which is more than the whole gross domestic product for many of the countries.
- Road traffic crashes are the 9th leading cause of death globally. They are actually the leading cause of death in the world amongst people aged 15-20, and the second leading cause of death for children aged 5-14. These statistics are projected to worsen, and traffic injuries are expected to be the 5th leading cause of death by 2030 if things do not change.
You Are More Than a Number
Although these statistics are scary, they are probably not surprising to you. While you are out on the road every day, you probably see distracted driving or aggressive, unsafe drivers in action.
If you are one of the many that were injured in a road traffic accident, you may be eligible for compensation for your injuries. Contact an expert personal injury attorney, like those at Stinson Law Group, P.C., to discuss your rights and see how they can help you get the benefits that you are entitled to.
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