Did You Know?

  • Car crashes are the leading cause of death in young people in the United States far surpassing drug and alcohol related deaths, cancer, suicide or diabetes.
  • Young people are involved in fatal crashes at more than twice the rate of all other drivers.
  • 6,000 young people are killed in car crashes every year.
  • 70 percent of the deaths from car crashes did not have to happen… they could have been avoided.
  • Exceeding the speed limit, lack of seat belts, inexperience and over correction are the top causes of death in automobiles.
  • Other causes for death in automobiles include too many passengers, distractions, alcohol and/or drugs.
  • More than half of the deaths occur between Friday night and Sunday. 41 percent of the deaths occur between 9pm and 6am.
  • Well over 300,000 young people are seriously injured in car crashes every year.
  • Cell phone usage is a dangerous as driving after consuming 4 alcoholic beverages.
  • The largest killer of U.S. college students is accidents. The vast majority of those accidents are car crashes.
  • Seat belts save over an estimated 12,000 lives a year.
  • If you are a 16-17 year old male, you are almost twice as likely to die in a single person, car crash then a same age female. Add a passenger to the car and the likelihood doubles.
  • 1,000 motorists die in work zones every. 3 out of 4 of the deaths are not workers but motorists.
  • The more passengers there are in a car the greater the risk of a car crash. There should never be more than 4 people total in a car including the young driver.
  • In many states, newly licensed drivers cannot have any passengers other than family for six months. From six to twelve months, the new driver can only have one passenger.
  • 5,000 people a year die in crashes with large trucks—–another 130,000 people are seriously injured.
  • When trucks and cars collide, 98 percent of the time, fatalities occur in the car.
  • Trucks weigh 80,000 lbs. For a car to have the same impact as a truck when hitting something, it would have to be travelling at a speed of 300 mph.
  • About a third of all truck and car crashes involve blind spots. If you can’t see their mirrors, the truck drivers can’t see you.