If you do an Internet search you’re going to eventually end up on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website. They maintain detailed traffic records from across the country annually.
In 2016, there was a total of 37,461 vehicle accidents in the U.S. Among these incidents there were:
- 34,439 fatal accidents
- 5,286 incidents involved motorcycles
- 5,987 pedestrians were injured or killed
- 840 bicyclists were involved in car accidents
- Per 100,000 drivers there were 16.9 fatalities
These stats might seem scary, but in fact they are a reduction overall from 10 years earlier in 2006 when driving was a bit more dangerous nationally.
Granted, some areas are more dangerous than others as well. For instance, car accidents are more likely to happen in congested, urban cities, but more deadly accidents are likely to occur at highspeed on the highways.
The takeaway, fortunately, is not to be afraid of the road.
In fact, most drivers go through their lives everyday managing vehicles, navigating roads, and getting to a destination perfectly fine. Accidents happen but they are also frequently preventable as well.
What the stats don’t describe is the fact that simple prevention can go a long way in reducing one’s personal risk in becoming a statistic as well.
Simple things like not driving when tired or when the weather is bad, avoiding drinking and driving, and being alert when driving all reduce accident potential dramatically.
Car maintenance and care go a long way towards ensuring a vehicle performs as expected as well. For example, tires blow out, but many situations are visible and obvious to an alert driver before the tire fails.
Yet, if you find yourself in an accident and need a car accident attorney in Huntsville AL, the Law Offices of Martin & Helms are always available to help as well. So, you are not alone, and the roads shouldn’t be avoided. Prepare, drive alert, and seek help when needed, and your driving world will be far more enjoyable than what the statistics seem to imply.