Car Accident Fatalities Since 2000 Surpass Fatalities in Both World Wars

August 13, 2019 Car Accidents
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Most of us have a good sense of the devastation and loss of life that occurred during both World War I and World War II. We read about the effects of these historical events in our history books and find the sheer numbers difficult to believe. That is why it is shocking that since January 2000, more Americans have died in car crashes than in both wars combined.

In fact, 624,000 people have died in car crashes since 2000, which is more than the 535,000 Americans who lost their lives in WWI & WWII. We are incredibly proud of those who have served our country and their sacrifices. We only examine these statistics to help give a sense of how astronomical the sheer loss of life from car accidents can be.

Why Are Car Accidents So Common? 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 94 percent of all car crashes are caused by human error. Speeding, drunk, or distracted drivers cause the majority of these crashes. But the worst part: these types of crashes are 100 percent preventable.

Shocking Statistics

 To further put things into perspective, from 2006 through 2012, the opioid epidemic was responsible for taking nearly 100,000 lives, while speeding, drunk, and distracted driving, has caused 190,455 deaths within the same time period. Here is a look at some of the contributing factors of this car crash epidemic.


Since January 2000, more than 624,000 people died in car crashes, beating out the 535,000 American military members who died in both World Wars. Out of all of those crashes, 30 million people were injured. And in almost 213,000 of those fatal crashes through 2017 (the most recent year for data available), drivers were above the legal limit of alcohol for driving.

Speeding and Distractions

According to a study from the American Public Health Association and NHTSA data, since 2000, more than 197,000 individuals have died as a result of speeding and 78,000 have died due to distracted driving crashes. The issue has been compounded by the fact that 481,000 drivers are using their cell phones in some capacity during daylight hours.

Those who spend time talking on their cell phones while driving are four times more likely to crash; those who text while driving are eight times more likely. Since 2013, the number of drivers who admit to talking on their cell phones either regularly or fairly often has increased by a total of 46 percent.

Sleep Deprivation

According to a 2014 AAA Foundation study, drivers who slept for four or less hours per night were 11.5 times more likely to crash. Approximately 21 percent of crashes involved a drowsy driver, while 29 percent admitted to having trouble keeping their eyes open behind the wheel over the last month.

We Can Help

 If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident due to the negligence or recklessness, call the experienced Montgomery car accident attorneys at Floyd Hunter for a FREE case evaluation at 344-452-4000 today! There is never an attorney’s fee due up front, and we don’t get paid until you do.

Call Floyd Hunter Injury Law, because the right lawyers make a real difference.