Many causes of death claim lives more frequently than motor vehicle accidents, but they remain a significant source of fatalities. Looking at data from 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tallied a total of 33,804 deaths in car crashes, which produced a figure of 10.7 deaths per 100,000 people nationwide. Arkansas, however, proved to have a much higher rate at 18.1 per 100,000. This designated the state as fifth among states with the highest chances of people dying in car accidents.
The data included deaths of drivers, passengers, pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists. The probability of a person dying in a car accident equaled one in 77. Despite the fact that most people regularly travel by motor vehicle, the chances of someone perishing in a wreck actually compare favorably to others sources of mortality. For example, people have a one in 53 chance of dying from poisoning, and the odds of dying from drugs and alcohol are one in 34.
Over the decades, safety advances in motor vehicles have reduced the death rate, and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration anticipates further reductions as crash-avoidance systems and automated driving become mainstream. According to an analysis of seat belts and electronic stability control, the administration estimated that 614,000 lives have been saved during accidents or because the accidents were avoided altogether.
Although better vehicles increase safety, car accidents remain a possibility for all drivers and passengers. An individual hurt in a wreck could suffer financial hardship because of lost income, medical bills or even long-term disability. If a negligent driver caused the accident, the victim might wish to meet with an attorney to discuss ways of seeking compensation from the at-fault motorist.