15 Surprising Car Accident Statistics That Will Shock You
Car accidents happen every minute in the United States.
In fact, roadways are among the most dangerous of places. Because car accidents are so commonplace, it can be difficult to grasp the full scope of these accidents and the injuries they cause.
Here are fifteen of the most shocking statistics about car accidents that you might not have heard:1) Nearly 40 percent of all fatal accidents involve alcohol use.
2) An estimated 70 percent of accidents occur within 10 miles of home.
3) Talking on a cell phone will driving can increase your chance of being in an accident by 400 percent.
4) The state of Florida ranks second in local road speeding fatalities and third in fatal crashes across the United States.
5) Your likelihood of being killed in a car crash is around 1 in 125. (For comparison, the likelihood of being killed in a plane crash is 1 in 4,600,000.)
6) More fatal car accidents take place in rural areas rather than cities.
7) Car accidents are the leading cause of death for people under 30 years of age.
8) Out of all people ejected from their vehicles during an accident, 75 percent were killed.
9) Male drivers are responsible for almost 3/4 of all car accident deaths.
10) On average, car accidents will cost the United States roughly $230.6 billion every year.
11) Taking your eyes away from the road for just 5 seconds at 55 miles per hour is the equivalent of traveling the length of a football field blindfolded.
12) More than 1/5 of all drivers on the roads will be involved in a car accident over any given five year period.
13) Someone is injured in a car accident every 14 seconds.
14) Teens, during their first year behind the wheel, are 10 times more likely to be involved in a car accident than any other time throughout their lives.
15.) While more than 3 million people are injured in car accidents each year, more than 2 million of those injuries result in permanent disabilities or hindrances.
What to do after a car accident1) Visit your doctor: even if you feel fine after an accident, you still should get a medical evaluation from your doctor to ensure you're not injured.
2) Collect as much information as possible at the scene of the accident: eyewitness account, photos, contact information, insurance, etc.
3) Notify your car insurance company
4) Call the police if someone hasn't done it already
5) Consult an attorney