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Fatal motor vehicle accidents: how common are they?

Cars have become an inextricable part of our daily lives, especially here in America. We use them for nearly everything, from carting the children to and from school to picking up the groceries and doing our daily commute. They are such an essential part of our routine, in fact that we tend to forget what a dangerous endeavor we are undertaking when we get behind the wheel. However, the fact remains: unless you’re a professional skydiver, driving a car is probably the most dangerous thing you do every day. 

You might counter this argument by saying, “But, I’m the safest driver on the road.” While that may be true, the chances of being involved in a fatal accident are still there because even the safest driver can’t control what everyone else on the road does. Negligent drivers are everywhere; some drive drunk, some send texts while driving and others are just plain terrible drivers.

While the numbers of fatalities in car crashes have gone down over the years, the numbers are still frightening. In 2012, the last year for which data exist, 30,800 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred on America’s roads, killing 33,561 people. That includes 4,957 motorcyclists, 4,743 pedestrians, 16,769 drivers and 6,061 passengers.

Shockingly, regardless of age, an unintentional motor vehicle accident is either the number one or number two cause of death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. From age five to 34, it ranks as the top cause of death.

Considering these statistics, there’s a good chance you’ve had a loved one at least involved in a car crash. When that happens, you shouldn’t have to solely bear the burden of possible medical expenses, or worse, funeral costs and loss of wages. A Texas attorney may be able to help you get compensation for those things.

Source: fars.nhtsa.dot.gov, “National Statistics,” Retrieved July 21, 2014

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