US Car Accidents
A Road Overview
There were over 8.6 billion miles traveled throughout vehicles in the U.S. this past year. This is a cause for concern as you see the number of fatalities skyrocket. As the population grows across the country, that just means more drivers will be on the road. It’s upon us to make a difference on the roads by creating a safer environment for all.
Let’s discuss some of these overwhelming statistics. There are over 253 million vehicles on the road, ranging in all shapes and sizes. This is an extraordinary amount, and realistically, most people probably aren’t informed about best practices to keep the roads safe as possible throughout the year.
In 2015, there were over 32,500 deaths in the United States relating to car accidents. That averages out to be about 90 deaths per day throughout the country. The sad truth about this statistics is that it could have possibly been prevented, if drivers were given the best practices and correct information about driving on the roads. It’s our mission at GOBWS to help spread the word of safety around the U.S.
Last but not least, there are over 6,400 injuries per day regarding car accidents. Little fender benders, complete accidents, or even fatalities all fall under this category. Injuries come in all shapes and sizes, but there’s no question some could be prevented.
Car Accident Causes
Car accidents happen in many ways. Today, we’re going to take a look at some of the major causes of accidents, and give you blog posts related to those causes.
- Speeding: According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2014, 9,262 lives were lost due to speed-related accidents.
- Drunk Driving: This is a leading cause of fatalities across the country, being above the typical legal limit of 0.08 has proven to impair your driving, making you vulnerable for car accidents on the road.
- Red Light Running: The IIHS says that more than 900 people a year die and nearly 2,000 are injured as a result of vehicles running red lights.
- Fatigue: An AAA Traffic Safety Foundation study found that 37 percent of drivers report having fallen asleep behind the wheel at some point in their lives.
- Distracted Driving: NOPUS Did a study and found that nearly 50% of drivers on the road have accessed the internet while driving at one point in their life. This goes beyond map searching, and is a cause for concern as taking your eyes off the road can result in nothing but negative outcomes.
How GOBWS Is Helping
Get On Board With Safety is a community of concerned citizens advocating for increased state safety regulations, further car safety awareness, and creating informative messages to send to all drivers. We’re fighting for change as hard as we can, but there’s never enough help. Please get on board with safety and contact us if you’d like to join our cause in making the roads a safer place for all drivers.