No one wakes up thinking they will lose a loved one in a car crash that day. But every day about 100 people die in crashes and more than 1,000 suffer life-changing injuries.
Motor vehicle crashes are the #1 cause of death for children and young adults ages 5 to 24, and the #2 cause of death for adults 25 and older and for toddlers, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Crashes also are the #1 cause of workplace fatalities.
Overwhelmingly, these deaths are preventable, and you can help change these statistics.
The National Safety Council has a message for every driver: Slow down, stop using your phone while driving, make good choices, buckle up and watch out for children. It 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.
About one-quarter, or 1.3 million crashes a year, can be attributed to using phones. 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.