Vehicles are a part of American life and a huge part of the reason for the country's current development. Suburbs and interstate highway systems allow people to live further from major cities than they do elsewhere in the world.
For all of these advantages, this intrinsic part of the American experience also brings with it a host of dangers. Every year, many people are killed suddenly in various vehicle-related accidents. The price of having fast, easy transportation is quite high.
What you may be wondering, though, is how great that danger really is to you. Everyone sees the stories on the news and figures it will never happen to them, until it does. To help show the actual issue, here are the odds of passing away in some of these accidents:
- Car accidents: 1 in 303.
- Pedestrian accidents: 1 in 649.
- Motorcycle accidents: 1 in 770.
- Bicycle accidents: 1 in 4,717.
- Aviation accidents: 1 in 7,032.
Clearly, with the sheer amount of car accidents every year, they carry a very high degree of danger. To help show where these accidents rate overall, here are a few of the top non-accident killers in America:
- Heart disease: 1 in 6.
- Cancer: 1 in 7.
- Smoking: 1 in 9.
- Heavy drinking: 1 in 49.
- Falls: 1 in 171.
- Assault: 1 in 211.
- The flu: 1 in 9,410.
Have you lost a loved one in a car accident? If so, it is very important for you to know all of the legal options you have. Compensation may help you cover funeral costs, medical bills, lost wages and much more.
Source: Times Union, "How are you likely to die? Here are the odds of dying…," Cathleen F. Crowley, accessed Feb. 23, 2018