Car accident statistics are a good way to put driving danger in perspective and can act as a wake up call to those that believe they are invincible on the road. Here are some alerting facts about car accidents that should be taken seriously:

  1. Motor traffic accidents are expensive. Statistics show that accidents can cause countries nearly 4% of their Gross Natural Product (GNP) on a yearly basis.
  2. For every 1mph reduction in the speed limit, there is a 2% reduction in the number of average crashes.

Let’s break it down:

  • When hit by a vehicle travelling at 20mph, nine out of 10 pedestrians will survive.
  • When hit by a vehicle travelling at 30mph, five out of 10 pedestrians will survive.
  • When hit by a vehicle travelling at 40mph, only ONE out of 10 pedestrians will survive.
  1. Studies show that your response and reaction times are equally as bad when driving after being awake for 24hours as they are when you’re considered DUI.
  1. Teens are less likely to wear seatbelts. In 2018, Over 55% of teens involved in a car accident where not wearing a seat belt.
  1. Moreover, 30% of those teen drivers who where not wearing a seatbelt had been drinking.
  1. The first car accident happened in Ohio in 1891, when James Lambert lost control of his gasoline powered buggy and crashed into a hitching post. He suffered minor injuries.
  1. Many people where outraged when the car radio was introduced because they thought it would be very distracting and therefore dangerous.
  1. If you’re under 35 and live in the USA, your highest probability of death is from a car accident.
  1. When in a car crash, reports show that 40% of drivers never even had the chance to hit the brakes during the crash.
  1. Ever seen the movie “Cars”? The co-writer and director, Joe Ranft, died in a car accident while it was still in production.
  1. Driving accidents kill over a million people per year.
  1. Want a 23 times higher chance of crashing? Easy, just text and drive.
  1. Malaria is not the highest cause of death around the world, road accident are.
  1. 50 Million people are injured from car accidents yearly around the world.
  1. The world should be in a hurry to adopt self-driving cars; they could reduce traffic accidents by over 90%.
  1. Almost 40% of kids under 12 years old involved in car accidents where not wearing a seatbelt.
  1. After 9/11, there was unusual amount of fatal traffic accidents because Americans chose to drive instead of fly due to fear.
  1. It takes a good airbag only 30 milliseconds to fully inflate
  1. You are 11 times more likely to be in a fatal car accident if your BAC is .08 or higher.
  1. At a .08 BAC it would take 6 hours for your body to completely eliminate the alcohol from its system.

21. Nearly ¾ of fatal crashes between midnight and 3AM involve alcohol.

  1. Close to 3 out of 4 drunk drivers do not wear seatbelts when they are involved in fatal collisions.
  1. Often times, other drugs are used in combination with alcohol in fatal motor vehicle collision. 18% of the time drugs other than alcohol such as marijuana or cocaine are the cause of fatal accidents.
  1. It takes a 170-pound male 3-4 beers to be over the legal drinking limit and it takes an average size woman just 1-3 beers.
  1. South Africa has the highest rate of fatal driving deaths.
  1. In the United States, 31 percent of all road deaths are due to excessive drinking.
  1. In South Africa, 58 percent of road deaths are due to drinking under the influence.
  1. The total costs of driving deaths in the US are an estimated $50 Billion dollars.
  1. Nearly 10% of the US population has admitted to driving under the influence at least once in their life.
  1. Driving deaths have fallen by 50% since MADD was founded in 1980.
  1. The average drunk driver has driven over 80 times before their first arrest.
  1. The first drunk driving incident was by a taxi driver in 1897, he slammed his cab into a building and was charged 25 shillings.
  1. The 4th of July is the most deadly day to drink under the influence.
  1. New Years Eve has more DUI arrests than any other day of the year.
  1. The reaction time of a teen using a cell phone is the same as a 70 year old who isn’t using one.
  1. The average text takes 5 seconds to read and it would take 5 seconds drive through a football field at 55 mph.
  1. In the UK and US, people who drive station wagons are over 50% less likely to be involved in a fatal car accident because they’re safer on the roads and tend to not take as many risks.
  1. In 1904, the very first speeding ticket was issued for a driver going 12 mph.
  1. Between midnight and 3a.m. is the most dangerous time to drive.
  1. Most car accidents happen within 3 miles of the drivers home.
  1. The average driver will curse over 32,000 in their lifetime from road rage.
  1. Wyoming is the state with the highest motor vehicle death rate in the US at 24.7 deaths per 100,000 people
  1. Rhode Island is the state with the lowest motor vehicle death rate in the US at 24.7 deaths per 100,000 people
  1. The likelihood of injury is extremely high in motorcycle accidents: 98% of multiple vehicle collisions and 96% of the single vehicle accidents resulted in some kind of injury to the motorcycle rider; 45% resulted in more than a minor injury.
  1. 2% of fatalities caused by distracted driving are due to drivers adjusting both audio and climate controls
  1. 1% of distracted driving fatalities relate to lighting or putting out a cigarette while driving.
  1. People have tried to sue Apple for car accident cases involving drivers on FaceTime.
  1. Eating, reading and putting on makeup increase the chances of an accident by up to three times.
  1. Crashes cost the U.S. $230.6 billion per year, or an average of $820 per person
  1. Males were more likely than females (15.1% vs. 7.9%) to drive drunk.
  1. People not wearing a seatbelt are 30 times more likely to be ejected from the vehicle during a crash.

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Guest post by Greg Weber, creator of the Driving Peace program

As a group of professional Miami personal injury lawyers, DLE deals with car accident injuries day in and day out. It’s a routine part of their business. A strange “side effect” of being personal injury lawyers that may surprise you is they hear a lot of stories about driving anxiety. Driving anxiety/phobia is a rampant personal issue that negatively impacts millions of drivers like you all over the world. DLE generously reached out to me to write a guest post, because driving anxiety literally is my business. I’m an anxiety expert, and I created a program for anxious drivers called Driving Peace. You can read my whole story right here.

In my experience, the number one cause of driving anxiety is driving on freeways. I’m conducting an anxiety while driving survey, and the data so far bears this out. Florida has nearly 1,500 miles of interstate freeway alone, and well over a quarter of a million lane miles of road. That all adds up to tons of anxious Florida freeway drivers.

Top Ten Methods to Blast Freeway Anxiety Attacks from DLE Miami Personal Injury Lawyers

I believe the best strategy for freeway anxiety attacks is preparation. I’ve personally used all ten of the methods below. If they worked for me, they’ll work for you too.

  1. Do a simple tapping exercise – Tapping meridian points on the body has been proven to reduce or stop an anxiety attack. And the cool thing about this one is, you can do it in the car. When you feel an attack coming on, ask yourself this question: “On a scale of one to ten, how high is my anxiety level?” Then take the first two fingers of either hand and tap your cheekbone on the same side as your hand, right underneath the eye. Tap for about 20-30 seconds. Then rate your anxiety level again on the one to ten scale. Did it drop a point or two? Repeat the cycle until your anxiety has dropped to a tolerable level. Here’s a video showing how.
  2. Anticipate lane changes – Memorize required lane changes well before you have to make them. Learn the lane changes of a freeway route under easier conditions by driving it during off hours when there’s little traffic. You can also use your phone’s map app to give you turn-by-turn driving instructions.
  3. Take a defensive driving course – A lack of good driving skills causes anxiety for many drivers. It’s important to know how to skillfully execute the physical mechanics of your car. Check out your local driving school, or take a course online.
  4. Use the right hand lane as much as possible – Driving on the right lets you drive slower. Faster traffic will move around you on the left. Going at high speed is one of the biggest anxiety triggers of freeway driving. Slowing down generally reduces overall stress.
  5. Drive five to ten MPH under the speed limit – It’s perfectly OK (and perfectly legal) for you to drive slower than the actual speed limit, as long as it’s not dangerously slow. Remember, faster drivers are legally required to go around you. You are not required to speed up to accommodate them. Make sure you’re in the right hand lane if you prefer driving under the speed limit.
  6. Distract yourself – I think of anxiety attacks as feedback loops in the brain and body. Feedback always gets louder if left unchecked. You can sometimes interrupt anxiety by distracting the mind. Listen to your favorite music, loudly. Open a window and hear the sounds outside the car. I like to listen to books on tape to keep my mind occupied when I drive.
  7. Don’t drive freeways during peak hours – Avoid rush hour traffic. You may not have the luxury of doing this, but avoid driving anxiety attacks by staying off the freeway at peak hours if at all possible.
  8. Drive with someone you trust – Having a trusted friend in the car helps some people remain calm. And it’s another pair of eyes to help watch out for things. I used to drive with a friend who helped me check my blind spots on the freeway. It was enormously comforting.
  9. Break your freeway driving into sections – Think of the freeway as a series of exits rather than an amorphous, terrifying blob. It’s perfectly OK to pull off at the next exit if you need to. Wherever there’s an exit, there’s always another entrance. Take it one exit at a time.
  10. Breathe into your belly – Freeway anxiety attacks are often punctuated by rapid, shallow breathing. Inhale deeply into your belly, then slowly exhale. Keep belly breathing as you make your exhalations slower than your inhalations. A minute or so of this will trigger your nervous system’s autonomic relaxation response.

DLE Lawyers are in the accident and injury business. If you need the services of Miami car accident lawyers, you’re already in the right place. We obviously prefer you didn’t get injured in a car accident at all. There’s little to no evidence that driving anxiety actually causes car accidents. But there is a strong correlation between the fear of car accidents and driving anxiety. Safety is a relative thing. It’s often just a feeling. And there’s nothing wrong with wanting to feel better. So use the methods above to blast your freeway anxiety attacks whenever possible.

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