Car accidents happen every day. In some ways, you might think there is nothing you don’t already know about them. You know people get hurt, you know people are killed.
Still, the statistics surrounding car accidents can be alarming. The cost of these accidents is measured in the billions, and more crashes happen than you may realize. These are five of the statistics you should know that may surprise you.
Thousands of workers are killed in crashes
Between 2003 and 2018, over 29,000 workers died in work-related crashes, based on information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2019, around 38,800 people died in total.
Those deaths cost hundreds of thousands of dollars per worker.
The high cost of deaths impacts everyone
In 2019, it was reported that work-related crashes like those mentioned above cost employers around $39 billion. Did you know that a single death can cost an average of $751,000? That death negatively affects the individual, their family, the workforce and the economy.
Millions are injured in serious auto collisions
While deaths often make up the most shocking statistics, the greater impact from auto accidents comes from the number of injuries. Around 4.4 million people were hurt in crashes around the United States in 2019.
Medical costs soar for injury victims
In 2019, it was reported that crashes cost around $380 million in medical expenses. Economically, the cost of automobile accidents is much higher. It’s approximately $230.6 billion including costs from medical expenses, lost wages, lost labor and other factors.
Most crashes happen in the evening
Finally, if you want to stay safer, consider staying home in the evening. Between 4:00 p.m. and 6:59 p.m. is the deadliest time period each day. 7 p.m. to 9:59 p.m. is the second most deadly.
These statistics show how significant crashes are. They have a real, serious impact on individuals, their families, their communities and the entire country. If you’re involved in a crash, know that you can seek compensation from the at-fault driver. Getting compensated can help you offset the expenses and losses you’ve faced.