You hear so much about all the things you should do to avoid a car crash: Put down your cellphone while driving. Wear your seat belt. Follow the speed limit. You may feel that all the advice is overkill and there are more important things to worry about or dangers to prevent.
However, when you take a closer look at the numbers, you will see how risky it really is to drive and why these precautions matter. These are the statistics you need to know.
Crime vs. collision
A common concern among people is the rate of crime, but how does it compare to the rate of crashes? According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motor vehicle accidents are responsible for more harm. A murder happens about every half hour, but a fatality from an auto accident occurs every 14 minutes. Every 24.6 seconds there is a violent crime, but every 13 seconds there is an injured person due to a crash.
Risky events vs. crash
Society often associates certain actions with danger and high risk, such as skydiving or swimming with sharks. These are the death odds of such crazy events:
- Skydiving: 1 in 133,000 chance of death
- Scuba diving: 1 in 6,098 chance of death
- Snake bite: 1 in 100 chance of death
- Shark attack: 1 in 50 chance of death
- Lightning strike: 1 in 10 chance of death
However, the odds of dying in a car crash when not wearing a seat belt is 1 in 2. Overall, the odds of getting into an accident are 1 in 77, with the odds of dying being 1 in 301, reports Cars.com.
Take driving seriously
Driving is such a normal part of life that you may not put much thought into it. But your life is in danger every time you get on the road. Safety measures such as wearing a seat belt and not succumbing to distractions make a significant difference, so make sure you take the time to do them.