No one wakes up thinking they will lose a loved one in a car crash that day. But on average, 103 people die in crashes and 11,800 are injured every day.
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for people age 1 to 24, and the second-leading cause of death for adults age 25 to 84, according to
Injury Facts 2017®, a statistical report compiled by the National Safety Council.
Overwhelmingly, these deaths are preventable, and you can help change these statistics. NSC has a message for every driver: Slow down, stop using your phone while driving, make good choices, buckle up and watch out for children. These safety tips will save lives. And remember, you’re setting an example for your own kids.
One Call Can Change Everything
Many distractions exist while driving, but
cell phone use tops the list. With some state laws focused on handheld bans and car makers putting hands-free technology in vehicles, many drivers assume hands-free cell phone use is safe. It's not. There is no safe way to use a cell phone and drive.
In 2015, 3,477 people were killed in distracted driving incidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Another 391,000 were injured. NHTSA estimates 660,000 drivers are using their phones while driving during daylight hours. NSC advocates for stronger laws, helps employers assess their cell phone policies and provides a free cell phone policy kit, evaluates research and educates the public to change driver behavior.
Don't Drive While Impaired
Driving under the influence is a deadly proposition. Consuming alcohol,
prescription medication, over-the-counter or illegal drugs greatly increases the chance of injury or death for you, your family members and others on the road. Impaired drivers face prosecution, legal costs and fines.
NHTSA reports about one-third of all fatal crashes involved alcohol in 2016, and nearly 10,500 people lost their lives. While drunk driving incidents have remained steady for years, incidents involving drugged driving are on the rise. In a 2014 survey, NHTSA reported:
- 20% of drivers tested positive for drugs
- There was a 47% increase in the number of drivers testing positive for marijuana
- The likelihood for a marijuana user to be involved in a crash increased 25%
The best solution is for drivers to be sober. If you plan to drink outside the home, decide in advance how you will get home with a sober driver. Impairment starts with the first drink.