You may have heard some of the statistics about drivers and getting into a car crash. However, while you may know the chances of getting into an accident, do you know the odds of dying in a car crash? A recent study suggests that you have 1 in 107 odds of dying in a car crash during your daily commute. That may seem like a high chance, but there are some things that you can do to help reduce the odds and keep the cards in your favor. As a California car accident attorney, we see several clients who did the right things to minimize their injuries and walk away from crashes.
Playing the Odds
Statistics are kept on a wide variety of accidents and deaths so that the public can learn from the mistakes or misfortune of others to help increase their life span. While car accidents are considered preventable deaths, it is not the leading type of preventable death. The odds of an opioid-related death are 1 in 92, death resulting from a fall are 1 in 106.
Death resulting from a pedestrian accident is approximately five times lower than an automobile accident, and a motorcycle is eight times less likely. Of the 13.5 million car crashes in the United States every year, about 4.1 million require medical intervention, and 39,000 result in death.
Reducing Your Chances of Dying
The statistics kept about death due to a car crash help auto manufacturers and members of the safety community help protect individuals from severe injury or death. Several different factors can be seen in the numbers.
- Gender – Males driving are more than three times as likely to die in an auto accident than their female counterparts.
- Intoxicated Driving – Death resulting from drug or alcohol impairment results in more than 30% of fatal single-car accidents and less than 15% of multiple car accidents.
- Driving Frequency – It may come as no surprise that the more you drive, the more likely you will die in a vehicle accident. However, you can apply this to people who drive as a part of their work routine. Delivery drivers, rideshare drivers, and daily commuters are at an increased risk of a fatal vehicle accident.
- Driving Habits – Driver behavior is responsible for 94% of all vehicle crashes. Problems with inattentive or distracted driving are pooled into a category responsible for over 40% of crashes. Poor decisions account for 1/3 of vehicle accidents. The risk of a fatal car accident increases by 4% by every 1% your speed increases.
Understanding the behaviors that can lead to or increase the chances of a car crash can help you avoid issues and make it safely to your destination. Be sure to allow plenty of time to reach your destination so you can maintain safe speeds and allow for other drivers to make mistakes. Practice defensive driving techniques and always plan to leave yourself with an exit strategy. A little patience and preparation can make all the difference.
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