Auto accidents are a plague to the modern world. More than 30,000 casualties due to car crashes are documented every year, and in addition more than 2 million people get seriously injured. Keep in mind that this is just in the US.
In this article we will aim to educate you on the common motor vehicle accident causes, the consequences of those and how to do our best to avoid them.
Despite the fact that a good portion of the tragic events are a result of vehicle malfunction, Bob Joop Goos, chairman of the International Organization for Road Accident prevention, has been quoted as saying that more than 90% of all car accidents are due to human error. Below is a short list of the most common premises for such events:
It can be clearly seen on the list that all except for the last point are entirely human errors. However, even vehicle malfunction is often a result of human negligence – the insufficient conscientiousness and care for the vehicle significantly increases the chance of a fatal outcome.
We already mentioned the staggering amount of 30,000 fatalities per year and that is only for the US. However the list of frightening facts does not end there. Here are a few more examples of the severity of the problem:
Now that we have covered death, let us not forget that the aftermath of road accidents is not limited to that.
Many times the quality of life of survivors takes a huge hit. Out of the 50 million people injured in car accidents every year on a global scale, many do not recover fully. Traumas vary – neck injuries, spinal cord injuries, back, head, limbs, internal organs – your whole body is at risk.
Not to mention the psychological aftermath of such incidents. Short term, or even long term emotional distress is fairly common, PTSD, anxiety and depression are also frequently caused by car accidents – which is not something to be overlooked.
Even the financial statistics are looking devastating. On a global scale, car crashes cost 518 billion USD – almost two percent of all the individual countries’ GDP combined.
With the significant consequences and shocking statistics in mind, an obvious question arises – how can we prevent all of that? Here are some general tips and car accident facts that might help you minimize the risks: