When you know someone who is killed in a car accident, it's heartbreaking, especially when it's a family member. It feels almost unreal, like it can't possibly have happened to you.
However, the stats show that these deadly accidents happen all too frequently, and so drivers must know the risks. Based on the latest data they gathered, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that roughly 33,700 people died in car accidents over the course of the year. That's also a low estimate, by the CDC's own admission.
Even so, if you use that number as the total amount of deaths, it's over 92 fatalities per day. And that's just for car accidents alone. The CDC also reported that about 199,800 people died annually from accidents and violence. That brings the total up to over 547 people every day.
As you may know, the injury rates are vastly higher than the fatality rates. Studies by the CDC show that 135 people were hurt badly enough that they needed to visit the emergency room for every one person who passed away. Not only that, but 13 people for every fatality had to stay in the hospital for some length of time after being hurt.
If you know someone who has been hurt or killed in a car accident, knowing how common it is doesn't make it easier. However, it can help you understand the risks on the road and see how important it is for everyone to know their legal rights in the wake of a serious crash. Even with modern technology, the odds of experiencing this are higher than many people realize.
Source: CDC, "Injury Prevention & Control: Data & Statistics," accessed Jan. 03, 2017