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What percentage of people get injured in accidents?

It is true that a lot of car accidents do not result in injury at all. Modern cars have a lot of safety features designed to keep people alive and reduce injuries, such as airbags and crumple zones. You also have a lot of minor accidents — backing into another car in a parking lot, for example.

In one study, about one out of every five people who got into an accident had to spend time recovering from injuries. That’s roughly 20%. This suggests that the majority of people do not get hurt. You’re more likely to walk away from an accident than to find yourself going through emergency surgery at the nearest hospital.

If that makes you feel relatively safe, don’t be so hasty. The issue is that there are just so many accidents: About 6 million every year. Every day, about 90 people die in these crashes.

It’s also worth noting that not all experts agree on the totals. While the above study put it at 20%, a second study claimed that about 27% of people who get into accidents suffer non-fatal injuries. This is on top of the 6% of people who pass away. Top causes of these accidents include speeding, reckless driving and alcohol use.

As you can see, the odds of getting injured in an accident remain high, simply because a tremendous amount of accidents happen every day. It only takes one mistake. If someone else makes that mistake and causes a crash that injures you, make sure you know about all of your legal options.