A car accident is a traumatizing experience that can lead to serious injuries and well as long-term emotional troubles. Here are six things that might shock you about car accidents.[/caption]
1. Thirty-One Percent of Fatal Accidents Involve Alcohol
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2017, 31 percent of all traffic-related fatalities in the U.S. involved an accident caused by a drunk driver. There were 10,322 fatalities in the U.S. that involved a driver with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher.
2. Most Car Accidents Occur Close to Home
The majority of car accidents occur very close to a driver’s place of residence, according to Esurance. While Esurance.com states that most accidents occur within 25 miles of a person’s home, a Progressive Insurance survey of people in accidents in 2001 found that about half were within five miles of home and about a third were within 15 miles from home.
3. Distracted Driving Causes Thousands of Accidents Each Year
Distraction.gov reports that distracted driving causes thousands of accident each year. In fact, in 2017, 3,328 people were killed in crashes that involved a distracted driver. One of the most common types of distracted driving is texting while driving, or using any other type of handheld mobile device.
4. Rollovers among the Most Deadly Accident Types
According to SafeRoads.org, rollover crashes are one of the most dangerous types of accidents because of the high number of occupant ejections and head injuries in rollover crashes. According to the website, rollover accidents only account for three percent of all collisions, yet are responsible for more than 30 percent of all motor vehicle occupant fatalities.
5. Men More Likely to Cause an Accident Than Women
Men have a higher number of car accidents than do women, according to multiple data sources. A report by Howard University that studied car accidents in Washington D.C. from 2015 to 2017 found that men were the drivers in 65 percent of the accidents.
6. Someone Dies in an Accident Every 16 Minutes
According to a report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, someone died in an accident in the United States every 16 minutes in 2017. Ninety-two people died every day.
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