We hear a lot of hype about car accidents every year and it can be difficult to separate the car accident facts from the fiction. We are told that safety features are being improved in cars all the time yet thousands of us are still hurt in car accidents every year. We here the high rate of car accidents being blamed on young people, old people, drunk people, mobile phones and even on too many car signs. Other car accident facts refer to the number of accidents per year. We are told that the number of car accidents is decreasing but the number of personal injury claims following car accidents is increasing. This can look like a very confusing picture and most of us would like to be able to separate the car accident facts from the car accident fiction.
Car accident facts that you may not know
- It has been estimated that over a million people die globally in car accidents annually. It is also suggested that if trends continue, road accident deaths will become the fifth leading cause of death throughout the world. This is one of the most frightening car accident facts that we will hear. Car accidents bring pain and misery and financial hardship to hundreds of people. This is why the system of personal injury compensation claims for car accidents was devised.
- Research has suggested that we travel on so many uneventful journeys by car that we are lulled into a false sense of security. We just assume that nothing can go wrong during our car journey and do not perceive travelling by car as a dangerous thing to do. We worry more about travelling by plane, which statistically is a safer mode of transport.
- Some scientists have also suggested that because we watch TV and video game footage of horrific crashes, in which everyone survives, we think that we will do the same if we have a car accident. We forget that an avatar is not as vulnerable as a human body! Young drivers have to be made aware of the responsibility of being in charge of a vehicle.
- Road traffic accidents happen – they could happen to you. Your next car journey is very likely to be a safe one but there is still the possibility that it will not be.
- If you do get injured in a car accident that was not your own fault there are people who can help you. Accident Advice Helpline has a 24 hour hotline that you can call to get some early advice. You can tell the friendly, professional advisers about your accident and they will be able to advise you about whether you can make a claim or not.