Driving Statistics

In order to understand how important a 24-hour towing service company is, we need to look at a few facts about driving. Driving statistics will show the numbers and the reality about vehicles and driving.

  • Speed-related crashes in the US reach up to $40.4 billion every year.
  • Pedestrians have a 90% chance to survive a crash at 30 kph or less and only 50% chance when they crash at higher speeds.
  • 17% of the total vehicle crashes happen in winter.
  • It is estimated that 2 million drivers in accidents incur permanent injuries each year.
  • Heatstroke is among the leading causes of non-crash incidents among American children that lead to fatalities.
  • 66% of traffic fatalities are due to aggressive driving.
  • Every year, around 1.3 million people die due to car accidents all over the world. This would be 3,287 deaths every day.
  • Death rates caused by road traffic accidents are thrice higher in low-income countries compared to high-income ones.
  • More than half of the total of road traffic deaths happen among pedestrians, motorcyclists and cyclists.
  • 74% of passenger vehicle occupants killed in 2016 were drivers. 71% of these fatalities were males.
  • All over the world, car accidents are the leading cause of death among young adults with ages 15-29 and the 9th leading cause of death for the whole population.
  • Sending or reading text distracts your eyes off the road for 5 seconds. If you are driving at 55 mph, it is like driving an entire football field and closing your eyes.
  • Next to alcohol, marijuana is the drug that is most closely linked to drugged driving.
  • 35% of American drivers sleep less than the recommended number of hours which is 7 hours.
  • 1 out of 3 people text while they are driving.
  • Drunk driving in the US costs $199 billion each year.
  • Teens with age 15-20 that do not have driver education are the cause for 91% if crashes among teen drivers.
  • Senior drivers are safe drivers compared to people from other age groups because they often reduce the risk of injury by observing speed limits, wearing seat belts and not drinking and driving.
  • Around 130,000 people get injured every year in truck collisions.
  • Every school bus on the road is equal to 36 cars in carrying capacity.
  • Taxi drivers have the highest murder rate in any job description.
  • People who do not wear seatbelts have 30 times higher chance of getting ejected from the vehicle in the event of a car crash.
  • The fatality-reducing effectiveness for airbags is around 14% when the seatbelt is not used and 11% if a seatbelt is used in tandem with airbags. Side airbags protect the head, abdomen and chest which reduces driver deaths by around 37%.
  • Systems that have automatic braking reduce crashes from the rear-end by around 40% on the average, while forward collision warning cuts them by around 23%.
  • For over 20 years, speeding has been involved in around 1/3rd of all fatalities on motor vehicles.
  • Half of the deaths that result from red-light running every year are pedestrians and occupants of other vehicles that are hit.
  • Weather-related accidents of vehicles kill more people each year compared to large-scale weather disasters.
  • Crash risk is at its peak in the first year that drivers get their licenses.
  • It is estimated that 267 deaths every year happen when a vehicle backs up to a person and 31% of the deaths are children below 5 years old.
  • 37% of aggressive driving incidents are estimated to have a firearm involved.
  • 58% of police-reported accidents that are fatal involved only a single vehicle in the US alone.
  • All over the US, 50% of motor vehicle deaths in 2016 happen in rural areas.