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What Are Your Odds of Being Injured in a Car Accident?


The odds of you or a loved one being injured in a car accident will depend on many factors. For one, your age, your residence, and how many miles you drive in your motorized conveyance are factors.

Additionally, the type of vehicle you travel in, time of day involved, and weather are just some life or death factors people face while driving a motor vehicle.

I am lead counsel for Ehline Law Firm, and my name is Michael Ehline, Esq. Below, I will talk about your odds of being in a car crash, as well as your chances of dying while traveling U.S. Roads.

At the end of this helpful article, I will include some unique bonus information for car accident victims, including car passengers, motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians.

I will also explain suffering individuals can receive a no-risk, free legal consultation with our premier car accident attorneys. You heard right. You’ll be able to contact and chat with an honest lawyer at no charge to see if our legal services are a fit for you or your affected family. Let’s begin.

Car Crash Fatalities?

While driving, motor vehicle accidents are the top activities leading to preventable deaths in the U.S.A. More than 32,000 American deaths occur yearly in America, seeing around 90 car accident fatalities each.

The government says that our chances of dying in a motor vehicle crash impact are more than twice the rate as other first-world, financially secure countries with similar road conditions.

As of 2019, the National Safety Council (NSC) calculates that in an American’s lifetime, the odds of dying in a car accident are 1 in 107. These odds were calculated using data from the National Center for Health

Statistics, the Vital Statistics Cooperative Program, and the U.S. Census Bureau provided mortality, population, and life expectancy statistics of the people killed.

Sometimes the car crash victim’s pain and suffering are so bad they lose patience and die after they commit suicide. Lives lost after a car crash are a big deal.

Common Causes of Fatalities Involving Vehicles

The following are some of the most common causes responsible for fatal car accidents:

  • Following too closely
  • Failing to yield the right of way
  • Speeding
  • Disregarding other traffic regulations
  • Using a cell phone while driving (considered distracted driving.)
  • Driving when tired or drowsy (reckless, impaired driving)
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (driving while intoxicated by cannabis, etc.)

Past Negligent Death Numbers

According to the CDC, 37,559 motor vehicle accidents were among the major causes of death in the United States in 2019. The death rate was 11.5 per 100,000 people. Speed played a major role, as higher impact speeds correlated with serious injuries leading to deaths.

In 2019, there were 173,040 accidental injury deaths in the United States. The overall accident fatality rate was 0.559 people per 100,000 population. Unintentional injuries from car accidents were the third most frequent cause of death in the United States in 2019.

Filing a wrongful death lawsuit isn’t always an option in many fatal accidents, as a fatal car accident often involves a hit-and-run driver. Often an undocumented alien with no valid liability insurance or not enough insurance coverage won’t pay your wrongful death claims.

Would you like to learn about bringing a wrongful death claim for a loved one’s death? Our law office offers all new car accident clients a free consultation. You may be entitled to substantial compensation for fatalities caused by a car wreck.

Car Accidents Causing Injuries?

Over two million people are hurt in a traffic accident every year. According to Esurance, your odds of getting involved in a car accident are one crash out of 366 for every 1,000 miles distance driven.

Some car crashes cause minimal damage with slightly any chance of dying. But the probability of losing a close relative will depend on the circumstance of the individual case. (were they wearing their seatbelt or partially at fault?)

In most low-impact car crashes, not every person will need medical treatment. Some vehicle occupants will become inpatients, and some will need pain killers, placing them at risk of dying from an opioid overdose and long-term addiction.

A premier Southern California car accident lawyer can hold the at-fault parties liable in court or through a pre-litigation insurance settlement. Everything we do is in your best interest.

Your first step is to gather up your evidence and call us to discuss your traumatic experience.

Car Crashes and Emergency Room Treatment Data?

No reliable statistics exist on the number of people who receive minor injuries, not receiving care from a doctor or emergency room visit.

The car crash statistics we’re using are based on statewide averages. Even within our state, your chance of being injured in a collision will be determined by where you drive, as well as other variables like the weather and the condition of the roads.

In 2012, more than 2.5 million Americans visited an emergency department for automobile-related injuries, according to the CDC. Almost 200,000 of those car crash ER trips ended in hospital admissions.

A motor vehicle accident emergency room visit costs between $3,300 and $7,700. These injuries frequently require hospitalization, which costs an average of $57,000 before they are discharged home.

Motor Vehicle Injuries by Age

The government maintains statistics on the top ten reasons for visits to the emergency department that are not fatal or intentional. Accidental injuries, in other words, are not included in this count.

Injuries from automobile collisions rank number 7 among causes of ER visits for children born through age four. A car crash remains the seventh most common cause of ER visits for children.

Calculations are #5 on the list between 14 and 24. In their early to mid-twenties, car collisions are the third most common cause of ER visits. However, for those aged 25 to 34, automobile accidents are second only to unintentional falls as a source of ER visits.

Collisions for those between 35 and 40 are #5 on the list. Between 45 and 64, accidents are to blame, with #6 being the lowest rated. For individuals aged 65 and older, incidents rise again to fourth among all age groups. Car accident collisions are the third most common cause of non-fatal unintended injuries.

Making you and your family safer after a high-speed or low-speed crash is what we do. You only have a limited time to seek compensation by filing a lawsuit or insurance damages claim. If you miss the statutory deadline, you will waive the right to pursue compensation for your total losses.

Schedule a Free Consultation To Even The Odds After a Car Accident

Our experienced, compassionate advocates are in the business of helping eligible car crash victims. We offer a free consultation for case validation purposes. A personal injury attorney from our office can explain your legal rights.

Get in touch with our law offices today. Let’s work together and discuss forming a hopeful attorney-client relationship at any one of our convenient, statewide locations.

Call us at (213) 596-9642 or send us a message using our convenient online website form to continue with questions.

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