Nobody likes to dwell on worst-case scenarios or spend all their time worrying about the future. However, being aware of the dangers present in our lives is a normal and healthy part of the human experience. It’s important to remember that we can face serious risks as we go about our day-to-day activities. Using motor vehicles and public roadways is one of the more dangerous activities some of us participate in every single day without really thinking about the potential risks.
Thinking about serious, fatal car accidents can be stressful and upsetting, but having a good understanding of the statistics behind roadway fatalities (and what to do if you are a witness or party to such a crash) will only make you a better and more informed driver, which keeps you, your family, and your fellow motorists safer.
If you witness an automobile accident, or are involved in one, it may not be immediately apparent whether someone was fatally injured. In the moment, this need not be your number one concern. There are basic steps you can follow for responding to any roadway accident, whether you expect someone has died in it or not:
Someone’s lifetime odds of dying in a car accident in the United States are around 1 in 101. This makes car accidents a top ten cause of death in the U.S., ranking near suicides, falls, and opioid overdoses. This is, of course, only an average, and there are things you can do to drastically reduce your odds of dying in a motor vehicle collision, such as adhering to all traffic laws, never driving while distracted, always using your seat belt, and limiting your time spent in cars in general.
There are typically between 3,500 and 3,800 traffic fatalities in Texas in a given year, with a sharp (nearly 8%) increase seen from 2019 to 2020 despite a reduction in average miles driven. In Texas, there are around 1.5 deaths for every 100,000,000 vehicle miles traveled.
The United States sees around 6 million car crashes every year, resulting in about half that number of injuries. Thankfully, only a small percentage of these crashes result in deaths, and that number can be further mitigated by personal choices like obeying all traffic laws, proper use of safety equipment, reducing unnecessary car trips, and never driving while intoxicated or using a phone behind the wheel.
Over 30,000 fatal car crashes occur every year throughout the United States, with around 36,000 people killed in such accidents. In other words, there are nearly 100 traffic fatalities every day in this country. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 36,096 people died in 33,244 accidents involving 51,247 individual vehicles in 2019. This means Texas accounts for nearly 10% of all automotive fatalities in the nation, which makes some sense, given our sprawling cities and the long driving distances between them.
A serious traffic accident can change your entire world in an instant. It’s important to have skilled and compassionate professionals on your side so that you can focus on healing and putting your life back together. If you’re suffering from the results of a car accident in the Houston area, Stevenson & Murray Attorneys at Law can help you develop a legal strategy to recover the compensation you need to heal.
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