Car accidents are a tragic reality of modern life. Despite advancements in automotive safety technology, accidents still happen all too frequently. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 36,096 deaths in motor vehicle crashes in the United States in 2019. That’s an average of almost 100 deaths per day.
While the number of fatalities in car accidents has declined over the years due to increased safety measures, the fact remains that too many people lose their lives on the nation’s roads every year. The leading causes of car accidents include speeding, distracted driving, driving under the influence, and failure to wear seatbelts.
Younger drivers are particularly at risk of being involved in a fatal car accident. Drivers between the ages of 16 and 24 are more likely to engage in risky driving behaviors, such as speeding or texting while driving, which increases their chances of being in an accident. In 2019, drivers between the ages of 16 and 20 accounted for 8% of all fatal car crashes.
Another group that is at a higher risk of being involved in a fatal car accident is pedestrians. In 2019, there were 6,205 pedestrian deaths in car accidents, accounting for 17% of all traffic fatalities.
The economic cost of car accidents is also staggering. According to the NHTSA, car accidents in the United States cost an estimated $242 billion per year in lost productivity, medical expenses, and property damage.
Despite the sobering statistics, there are steps that drivers can take to reduce their risk of being involved in a car accident. Obeying traffic laws, avoiding distractions while driving, wearing seatbelts, and driving defensively can all help prevent accidents. If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident, it is important to seek legal representation to ensure that your rights are protected.
At Dixon Law Office, we understand the devastating impact that car accidents can have on individuals and families. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a car accident, we can help you navigate the legal system and get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.