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It doesn't matter how skilled you are at driving. The statistics show that, at one point or another, you are going to get into an accident.

Surprising Car Accident Facts

For many people, driving is second nature. Like walking and eating, we don't really need to think about how to do it. However, it only takes a split second for a car accident to occur, and the consequences can be tragic.

The best way to avoid danger is to be aware and know how to respond. Keep reading for 12 surprising car accident facts.

  1. A Leading Cause of Death

Accidents happen. We all know that.

But did you know car accidents make up one of the leading causes of death in the United States?

In 2018, over 36,000 Americans lost their lives on the roads.

  1. The Burden of Unintentional Injury

"Unintentional injuries" are the leading cause of death among people between the ages of one and 44. After that, cancer and heart disease are the most significant causes.

"Unintentional injuries" are the leading cause of death among people between the ages of one and 44. After that, cancer and heart disease are the most significant causes.

Car accidents make up a large portion of these injuries. However, it should be noted that non-traffic related injuries are also included in these numbers.

  1. Most Car Accidents Happen Close to Home

You get out of work after a long day. After a stressful commute, you finally get off the highway at your exit. You feel like you're out of the woods, right?

You might be surprised to find out that the vast majority of car accidents occur within a few miles of where we live.

This may happen because we're sometimes lulled into a false sense of safety in a familiar setting. It might also just be because we drive near our houses more often than not. The takeaway is that we should always use caution when we drive, no matter how close to home.

  1. Mississippi's High Fatality Rate

If you were to guess what places have the highest car accident fatality rates, you might expect one of the big cities. Given the massive amount of people and hectic city streets, one might expect a lot of accidents.

Although fender benders are common in any metropolis, accidents that occur in rural areas tended to be more fatal, perhaps due to increased speeds. Also, seat belt use is even less common in these areas.

One of the interesting facts about car accidents is that Mississippi has the most car accident fatalities. The rate of 22.2 vehicular-related deaths per 100,000 citizens is the highest in the country.

  1. Children and Teen Car Accident Facts

In 2017 alone, well over 100,000 children aged twelve and under were injured in car accidents in the United States. Tragically, 675 of them died.

Small children can be particularly susceptible to injury. It's in their nature to be restless and move around.

However, there is no excuse for the fact to not have them buckled up correctly.

  1. Seat Belts Save Lives

Seat belts save lives. It really is as simple as that.

It doesn't matter how experienced, tough, or skilled you are at driving. You don't even have to make a mistake to get into a serious accident.

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Fortunately, most Americans are getting the message. About 90% of people use them regularly. In 2017, they saved nearly 15,000 lives.

  1. Seat Belts Aren't Used Nearly Enough

Remember, we mentioned the 675 children that lost their lives in 2017. At least 35% of them were not buckled up properly.

And just because you're old doesn't mean you shouldn't click it either. More than half of teenagers and young adults who die in a crash aren't wearing their seatbelt.

  1. Spinal Cord Injuries

The spinal cord is a collection of vital nerve fibers that run down your back within the vertebral column. Injury to the spinal cord can result in paralysis and loss of sensation the entire body below to the site of injury.

Between the years of 2010 and 2013, car accidents were the leading causes of spinal cord injury (SCI). In fact, almost 40% of all SCI during this period were due to motor vehicle accidents.

  1. Drunk Driving

You can call it buzzed or tipsy, but it's still drunk driving.

Despite the fact that anyone can summon a ride effortlessly using their smartphones, too many of us insist on getting behind the wheel after drinking.

Thirty people die each day thanks to drunk driving. That's more than 10,000 a year.

  1. Car Accident Lawsuits

Thankfully, the overwhelming majority of car accidents don't end in death. However, there is often damage to the vehicle and/or some degree of physical injury.

Most car accident settlements are worth a few thousand dollars.

If you go to trial, you should know the facts. Know what happens if you lose a car accident lawsuit.

  1. A Hidden Danger

You might not have wildlife high on your list of things to worry about while driving. But maybe you should consider that almost 26,000 injuries each year are due to animals on the road.

About 200 of these animal-related crashes end in death.

  1. The Future of Vehicular Safety 

Despite all of the safety features and other things we've tried, the car accident facts and statistics show we aren't doing enough.

Several companies have been working on self-driving cars. The logic is that the majority of accidents are due to human error.

Tesla has been developing a driverless car for years. Their records show one fatality per 320 million miles driven. For comparison, Mississippi has 1.64 fatalities for every 100 million miles.

Impactful Car Accident Facts

If these car accident facts tell us anything, it's that you aren't alone. This is a problem that hundreds of thousands of people have to deal with.

Whatever the cause or outcome of the accident, it is best to be informed about your legal rights.

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