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10 Car Accident Facts

Despite the increase in driver’s education and car safety features, we find ourselves dealing with the effects of car accidents far too often. Indeed, car accidents are still a leading cause of injury and death, not to mention added stress and financial burden. Below are 10 eye-popping facts to keep in mind.

  1. The majority of car accidents occur within 3 miles of the driver’s home.
  2. When you talk on a cell phone while driving you are increasing your chance of being in an accident by 400 percent.
  3. Five seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road while texting. When traveling at 55mph, that’s enough time to cover the length of a football field blindfolded.
  4. Nearly one million high school teens drank alcohol and got behind the wheel in 2011.
  5. Among drivers in fatal motor-vehicle traffic crashes, men are almost twice as likely as women to have been intoxicated.
  6. Teens are four times more likely to die or be injured in a car crash than older people.
  7. The economic costs of crashes in 2010 totaled $277 billion. The $277 billion cost of motor vehicle crashes represents the equivalent of nearly $897 for each of the 308.7 million people living in the United States, and 1.9 percent of the $14.96 trillion real U.S. Gross Domestic Product for 2010.
  8. Montana is the state with the highest death rate due to car accidents.
  9. You will file a claim for a collision about once every 17.9 years.
  10. Unless action is taken, road traffic injuries are predicted to become the fifth leading cause of death by 2030.

If you have been in a car accident and would like to estimate the value of your claim, use the Car Accident Claim Calculator.