“10 Shocking Statistics About Car Crash Claims That Will Make You Think Twice About Driving”
Car accidents are an unfortunate reality of life. Whether you’re a driver, a passenger, or a pedestrian, there’s always a potential for injury or death resulting from a car crash. And the statistics about car crash claims paint an even more disquieting picture. Here are 10 shocking statistics about car crash claims that will make you think twice about driving:
1. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2019 alone, over 36,000 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes in the United States.
2. The National Safety Council (NSC) estimates that over 4 million people were seriously injured due to vehicle crashes in 2019.
3. In 2019, the NSC estimates that motor-vehicle crashes cost society $236 billion dollars in medical expenses, lost wages, and other costs associated with injuries and property damage.
4. The NHTSA reports that nearly three out of four drivers involved in fatal crashes had been drinking alcohol prior to the crash.
5. The NSC estimates that distracted driving is responsible for over 25% of all motor-vehicle deaths each year.
6. According to an analysis by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), nearly 70% of drivers who died in vehicle crashes in 2017 were not wearing seatbelts at the time of their death.
7. A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for individuals aged 1 to 24 years old in the U.S., accounting for over 2,500 deaths each year in this age group alone.
8. The IIHS estimates that only 15% of drivers involved in fatal crashes had valid insurance policies at the time of the crash—meaning over 85% of drivers did not have adequate coverage to cover any damages or injuries resulting from their actions.
9. According to a survey by the American Bar Association (ABA), only 13% of those who made car crash claims without an attorney received full compensation for their losses; without an attorney’s help, motorists may receive less than they are legally entitled to under their policy or state law.
10. In 2017 alone, automobile collisions cost society over $152 billion dollars—an average loss to society of roughly $500 per person—due to medical expenses, lost wages, and other costs associated with property damage and injury related to motor-vehicle collisions that year alone.
These statistics paint a grim picture of motor-vehicle collisions and highlight just how important it is to take precautionary measures every time you get behind the wheel—or even when you’re near a roadway as a pedestrian or cyclist. It’s also essential to remember that if you are involved in a collision, hiring an experienced lawyer can be an invaluable asset when it comes to recovering compensation for your losses and injuries related to car crashes; lawyers can help ensure you receive full compensation for your losses and protect your legal rights throughout the process too. Don’t let yourself become another statistic; take every precaution necessary when behind the wheel and consult with an attorney if you ever find yourself involved in a car crash claim situation!