Have you ever heard someone say that “driving is the most dangerous thing you do?” Maybe it struck a chord with you because you spend a lot of time on the road, and you want to know what types of risks you face. Maybe it made you shake your head in disagreement because you generally feel safe on the road.
No matter how you felt, the best thing you can do is to look at the actual statistics. What they tell you is concerning, to put it lightly.
For instance, the National Safety Council says that roughly 40,000 people died in traffic crashes over the last year — 2018. In 2017, they know that exactly 40,231 people passed away, and it came to a total of 40,327 deaths in 2016.
That’s three straight years in which the fatality totals have hovered right above 40,000. It’s a huge issue in the United States, and it is one that does not seem to be getting better very quickly. It probably is the most dangerous thing that most people do in their lives.
Plus, that’s just the fatality data. You are far more likely to suffer injuries in an accident. In 2018, the NSC says that about 4.5 million people suffered “serious injuries.” How many more suffered from minor injuries was not reported.
At the end of the day, the roads are dangerous. They do represent a risk that we all take on. If you get involved in an accident and end up in the hospital, you must know what legal rights you have to seek compensation.