These driving statistics aren’t meant to scare you. But most of us tend to get very complacent about our driving and we forget just how dangerous driving can be. I know that I’ve become very comfortable over the years driving. With so many people partaking in different forms of distracted driving, drunk driving, and other forms of dangerous driving behavior, I think we all need a wake up call every now and then.
Revisiting the dangers of driving
While fatal driving statistics have continued to improve over the decades, driving our cars remains the single most dangerous activity we perform during the day. Since most people have been in a motor vehicle nearly every day of their life, driving or even riding as a passenger becomes incredibly routine to us. It’s almost silly that so many people are scared to fly, even though driving remains the number one cause of death in most age groups.
Motor vehicle fatalities by age group
According to the Centers for Disease Control, here are the top 3 causes of death by age group (yeah, depressing stuff I know!). Check out what consistently ranks at the top. Yup, motor vehicle accidents (shown as Unintentional MV Traffic in blue).
Note that there is nothing about plane crashes, snakes, spiders, or even werewolves. So many people are afraid of so many things, but when it comes to driving, no problem! The repetition of driving relaxes us and we are all guilty of letting our guard down.
Chances of being involved in an injury accident
Get ready, because this is some scary stuff. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), two out of three motorists will be involved in an injury accident during their life! Whether you are the one who becomes injured or not is another story, but that’s some eye opening stuff. Two out of three? Geeze!
To add insult to injury (pun sort of intended), as a motorist you can expect to be involved in an accident once every 10 years. Even if you’re the best driver in the world, you can’t control other peoples driving. So once every decade or so, expect to be involved in a traffic crash. How long has it been for you? Oh, and I almost forgot… There is a 1 in 20 chance that the crash you have will involve a serious injury. Doesn’t that make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside?