Study Reports Six Million Car Crashes Occur In the United States Each Year
USA- Driverknowledge.com writes that there are six million car crashes in the United States every year. While many of these accidents are minor and result in just minimal property damage, a staggering number of people lose their lives in automobile collisions every year. In fact, each day, an average of 90 people die in car accidents.*
While we often focus on the fatalities involved in collisions, there are many devastating injuries as well, some of which are life-altering and permanent. About three million people sustain car crash-related injuries annually. Out of all crashes, about six percent lead to deaths, 27 percent result in injuries, and 72 percent cause property damage.
The best and most obvious way to help reduce the risk of dying in a car crash is to use a seatbelt. Seatbelt usage has risen significantly in recent years, however, it is still not universal. About one out of every seven people fail to buckle up when they get into a vehicle. Using a seatbelt cuts the risk of death by 45 percent and the risk of severe injury by about 50 percent. Failing to wear a seatbelt makes a person 30 times as likely to be ejected from a vehicle.
While safety features, such as seatbelts, can help is a person is in a crash, there are ways to reduce being involved in a collision in the first place. Deadly accidents are often caused by drunk driving, speeding, and reckless driving, or some combination of two or more of those dangerous behaviors. Distracted driving has become another major cause of severe crashes and has increased in frequency as a result of smartphones. Texting while driving makes a person twenty-three times more likely to be involved in a collision. Many people who would never drink and drive because of the risks involved still take serious risks by using their phones while behind the wheel. It is essential to realize that texting or using a smartphone while operating a vehicle can be just as dangerous as driving impaired.
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