Car crashes can happen at any time or any place. Unfortunately, they can be dangerous, leaving some people seriously hurt and others with terminal injuries.
Most people know that they can help prevent crashes by paying attention to what’s happening on the road around them, following the traffic laws and avoiding distractions. There are some things that you may not know about crashes, though. For example, did you know that they are a leading cause of death for those between 15 and 29 years of age?
Here are five other facts that you may not know.
Around 4,378 pedestrians are killed each year because of being hit by cars or trucks
Pedestrians trying to cross the street, walking on sidewalks, standing in parking lots and in other circumstances have been hit, hurt and killed in crashes. Thousands of people lose their lives each year, so if you’re walking or near a roadway, be aware of your surroundings.
Around 1.3 million people lose their lives in crashes each year
Crashes are so common that over a million people are involved in them, and killed, each year.
Almost half of all fatal crashes can be linked to alcohol or involve alcohol in some way
Alcohol leads to drunk or impaired driving, and that can lead to serious crashes. Avoid driving if you’ve had anything to drink.
Most crashes happen within three miles of home
Most crashes happen within just three miles of home because people feel more comfortable with their surroundings. Don’t stop paying attention just because you’re close to home. Stay focused, so you can get there safely.
Over 3,287 crashes happen daily
Over 3,000 crashes happen each day. Distractions, drowsiness, drunkenness and other behaviors make them more likely.
Staying sober and paying attention will both help you avoid crashes in most cases, but you can’t predict what others will do. If you’re hit, remember to seek medical attention and then look into making your claim.