Road Rage, Texting, Distractions, Oh My! The 5 Most Shocking Car Accident Statistics From 2020

There’s good news when it comes to traffic fatalities. There were fewer in 2017 and 2018 than in the previous years.

The bad news is that the latest statistics show over 36,000 traffic fatalities per year.

Most of us jump in the car every day without thinking much about it. Keep reading and we’ll share some of the five most shocking car accident statistics from 2020!

  • The Problem of Speed

If you travel the highways much at all, you know that few people drive the posted speed limit. The most up-to-date stats reveal over six million motor vehicle accidents per year and speeding factors into about half of those accidents.

Most drivers, especially teens, don’t think 10 mph over the posted speed limit is speeding! Yet speeding increases both the risk and severity of a car crash. The lax attitude is shocking considering the potentially deadly consequences.

  • Americans Drive a Lot

We Americans love our cars. Between 2016-2017 (the latest stats), we drove a combined 2.6 trillion miles!

That included an average for most people of about 31 miles per day and 51 minutes in the car. Middle-aged drivers log the most miles. Women make the most trips per day while men drive the most miles.

  • The Leading Cause of Teen Deaths

Do you have a teen? Teenage car accident statistics will give you something to think about, and you may think twice before handing them the car keys! Car accidents are the leading cause of teen deaths.

In 2017, over 3,000 teen drivers between 15-19 were involved in fatal car crashes. Teens don’t have a lot of experience behind the wheel and there are so many distractions.

Talk to your teen about putting the phone away and focusing on what’s ahead of them on the road when they’re behind the wheel of a vehicle.

  • Firearms, Road Rage, and Car Accidents

Some car accidents culminate in shootings due to road rage incidents. As many as 37% of aggressive driving episodes involve a firearm, and aggressive drivers cause over 60% of accidents.

If you’re on the road and someone behaves aggressively, do not retaliate, even if you’re angry. Take a deep breath and drive away from the situation. You’ll only make it worse if you react, and it could cost you your life.

  • Wear Your Seatbelt

Almost 91% of drivers wear seatbelts, leaving a shocking 9.3% who don’t. Seatbelts save lives. Almost 50% of fatal crashes involve people who weren’t wearing seatbelts.

Getting ejected from the car is a real possibility during a crash if you’re not wearing a seatbelt. That almost always ends in a fatality. Always buckle up when you get in the car.

Shocking Car Accident Statistics

Cars are the major American mode of transportation, but car accident statistics reveal a shocking lack of self-control and decent behavior behind the wheel for many drivers. Don’t become another statistic.

Buckle up when you get in the car and drive the posted speed limit. Check your attitude and leave your rage and your firearms at home.

If you’ve got teens, you must have some serious driving talks with them a few times a year. It’s shocking how many teens become statistics.

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