Whether large or small, car accidents inevitably cause a great deal of hassle to those involved. Unfortunately, more severe accidents can even cause injuries and result in significant expense to car owners.
Below are 10 facts about car accidents that provide some information on factors that contribute to the occurrence and consequences that can result from car accidents.
- Car accidents cost the world more than 200 billion dollars every year. We would all save a lot of money around the world if we could reduce the number of accidents by driving more safely.
- According to statistics, male drivers cause twice as many accidents as female drivers. This is reflected in the fact that insurance providers often offer lower premiums to female drivers.
- The annual death toll due to vehicle accidents around the world tops one million individuals. Not only could money be saved if there were fewer accidents; lives would be saved as well.
- When you talk on your cell phone, you are 400% more likely to get into a car accident. This fact alone should deter individuals from ever using their cellular phones while driving.
- A victim of a car accident occupies one out of every 10 hospital beds.
- Crashes that involve alcohol consumption tend to be deadly. 40 percent of fatal crashes involve the consumption of alcohol.
- Many of those who manage to survive a major accident suffer from chronic injuries, such as brain damage, that affect them for the rest of their lives.
- The majority of all car accidents actually occur within five kilometers of an individual’s home. Drivers should not assume that they are safe simply because they are close to home.
- In car accident cases, a quick response is vital. Injured accident victims are most likely to survive if they receive treatment in the 60 minutes immediately after the occurrence of an accident.
- Car accidents are the most significant cause of personal injury around the world.
It is important to understand that driving is never an activity that is guaranteed to be 100% safe. There are always many hazards on the road that could lead to personal injury, and understanding one’s vulnerabilities on the road is an important part of preventing accidents.