The increasing number of vehicles on American roads has unfortunately also led to alarming numbers of car accidents in the country. While not all are fatal car accidents, their numbers are high enough to be of concern. Statistics show that on average, one person dies in a traffic accident every 16 minutes.
According to police reports, there were over 5 million traffic crashes in 2010, leading to more than 32 thousand deaths and around 2.2 million people injured. The highest numbers of traffic related deaths were recorded in the states of California, Texas, New York, North Carolina and Florida.
Most of the fatalities were the drivers of the vehicles, followed by the passengers, pedestrians, bicyclists and then motorcyclists.
The numbers for men are much worse than women. Over the past few years, of the total number of deaths, around two-thirds were male. The reasons are not hard to find. Research shows that men are more prone to drunken driving and speeding, and also tend to avoid wearing the seatbelt.
According to the statistics, more men die even when they are not driving the vehicles. While the numbers for male and female passenger fatalities are about the same, there is clear difference in the numbers of other victims. The sharpest difference is in motorcyclist deaths, where women account for only 9% of the casualties.