Car Accident Stats You Should Know About
- October 27, 2015
- Car Accidents
If you drive regularly in DFW, or any other urban area, you know how prevalent traffic accidents are. Even if you are aware of their regularity, you may be surprised at some of the stats for what causes them and who is most likely to be a victim of one.
A clear understanding of how often and how car accidents happen will help you make informed decisions if you are involved in one and decide to take legal action. Here are some stats that you should know about.
1. Distracted drivers is one of the top causes of vehicular accidents in the US
This is according to statistics from Distraction.gov. As the term implies, distracted driving is when a motorist diverts his/her attention from the road to another activity such as texting. And it’s not just teenagers using their phones. Study after study has shown that distracted driving is an all ages issue and may even be more dangerous than driving under the influence.
2. Younger drivers are more likely to crash
According to a post from the CDC, drivers who are in their teens are more likely to crash as compared to their older counterparts. Why they end up in accidents more shouldn’t come as a surprise. Their inexperience is a large factor. In addition, they also tend to be more careless and are not aware of the consequences of their actions until it is too late.
3. Car crashes are the number one cause of death for teens in the US
The same post also mentions that motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for teen drivers. The stat mentioned above is evidence enough. Car crashes also rank above other factors like alcohol, drugs suicide and violence as the cause of death. However, it should be noted that the victims may also be teen pedestrians.
4. Over 40% of fatal automobile accidents are related to alcohol
This stat is according to a blog About Life Tips and shouldn’t come as a surprise. Many such cases involve loss of life; and sometimes more than one. There is a lot of resentment on the part of the victims or their families especially since such accidents can easily be prevented from happening if drivers drink responsibly. A viral post by a woman Destiny Mantia, whose husband and baby were killed in an accident involving a drunk driver, is just one such tragic example.