In the last decade, the National Safety Council (NSC) estimated that annually here in the United States, 10 million collisions occur. That breaks down to roughly 27,000 wrecks per day.
The Council’s statistics include all types of collisions, from fender-benders to wrecks with multiple fatalities. Thankfully, even though the overall number appears high, only a small fraction — .3 percent — of reported collisions involve fatalities.
However, that is of small comfort to the families of the upwards of 37,000 individuals who die in wrecks every year. Over half of all killed in auto accidents are age 15-44. An additional 2 million drivers and passengers annually suffer injuries in collisions.
The financial cost of collisions is not insignificant, either. The cost of auto accidents averages out to $820 for every citizen in the United States each year.
At the end of the day, however, it matters less how many wrecks happen in America every year when one of those wrecks happened to you. It is an especially hard pill to swallow if the accident occurred through no fault of your own but due to the negligent actions of another at-fault driver.
As technology advances at warp speed, there has been a heightened risk of auto accidents occurring that have been linked to drivers’ preoccupation with their electronic devices while behind the wheel. Updating Facebook statuses, texting, snapping and sending photos all threaten the lives and limbs of not just the negligent drivers themselves but all whom they encounter on the road.
Those with injuries may have to take steps to pursue justice through the Texas civil courts.
Source: Reference, “How many car accidents happen each day?,” accessed July 21, 2017