U.S. Car Crashes Have Seen More Deaths Than Both World Wars Combined

We’ve read in our history books about the toll that both World Wars took on our country. To say that the loss was huge would be an understatement. But did you know that more Americans have died in car crashes since 2000 than in both wars combined? The majority of these crashes were caused by speeding, drunk, or distracted drivers –  factors that are all 100% preventable. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 94% of all car crashes are caused by human error. Here is a look at some of the contributing factors of this car crash epidemic.

Since January 2000, more than 624,000 people died in car crashes, as compared to the 535,000 American military members who died in both World Wars. Out of those crashes, 30 million people were injured. And in 213,000 of those fatal crashes, the drivers were above the legal limit of alcohol for driving.

According to a study by the American Public Health Association and NHTSA data, since 2000, more than 197,000 individuals have died as a result of speeding, while nearly 78,000 have died due to distracted driving crashes. The NHTSA data also indicates that during daylight hours, 481,000 drivers are using their cell phones in some capacity.

Individuals who talk on their cell phones while driving are four times as likely to crash, while those who text while driving are eight times more likely. The number of drivers who admit to talking on their cell phones either regularly or fairly often has increased by a whopping 46% since 2013.

Equally disturbing? According to a 2014 AAA Foundation study, drivers who got less than four hours of sleep were 11.5 times more likely to crash. In the study, the AAA Foundation found that about 21% of crashes involved a drowsy driver, while 29% admitted to having trouble keeping their eyes open behind the wheel over the last month.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident due to the negligence of someone else, contact Gauthier Amedee today at 225-647-1700 or fill out our online form to schedule a free case evaluation.

August 1st, 2019