EVERY 10 SECONDS SOMEONE IN THE UNITED STATES IS INVOLVED IN A CAR ACCIDENT.
Every year millions of people are injured in motor vehicle accidents - many very seriously. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, every 10 seconds someone in the United States is involved in a car accident.
A total of 33,808 people lost their lives in motor vehicle crashes in 2009. Another 2.22 million people were injured.
The majority of persons killed or injured in traffic crashes were drivers (63 percent), followed by passengers (28 percent), motorcycle riders (4 percent), pedestrians (3 percent), and pedalcyclists (2 percent).
Per 100,000 population, persons 21 to 24 years old had the highest fatality rate, and persons 16 to 20 years old had the highest injury rate. Children 5 to 9 years old had the lowest fatality rate, and children under 5 years old had the lowest injury rate per 100,000 population.
For every age group, the fatality rate per 100,000 population was lower for females than for males. The injury rate based on population was higher for females than for males in every age group, except for people over 74 years old.
Of the persons who were killed in traffic crashes in 2009, 32 percent died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes.