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How many deadly car accidents happen every day?

On Behalf of | May 19, 2021 | Personal Injury |

Generally speaking, people think of fatal car accidents as a rarity. They see the reports on the news, but they don’t seriously think they’re facing all that much danger the next time they go get in the car. 

Part of the problem is that the statistics just seem so massive and informal. It may help to break down how many of these deadly accidents happen daily. When you do that, you find that there are about 99 deaths per day. 

How did we get this statistic?

This is certainly just an average, and specific days have far more or far fewer deaths. But the general process simply involves taking the total number of deaths and dividing it by the days in a year. 

For instance, in 2019, there were 36,096 traffic deaths. Divided by 365 days a year, you get 98.89 deaths per day. That being said, there were only 33,244 fatal crashes in 2019. Why the difference? Many of these crashes involved multiple fatalities. So, while you may have about 99 deaths per day, you have roughly 91 deadly accidents. 

What do the statistics tell us?

The statistics really just show how great the risk really is. No one expects to lose a loved one in a car accident. Each and every day, however, that tragic event is going to come to pass for about 99 families.

This is worth considering when you get in the car. Safety must be a priority. You can’t make other drivers act safely, though, no matter how careful you are. If you lose a loved one or you are seriously hurt in a crash caused by another driver’s mistakes, you may be able to seek compensation for your losses. An attorney can help you understand more and guide you through the process.