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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety collected and analyzed data of those driver categories most likely to be involved in fatal accidents. The following information details some interesting statistics about how alcohol, location, and using a safety belt affect fatalities in motor vehicle accidents.
*Fatalities Caused by Alcohol
As we all know, alcohol is a significant factor in fatal motor vehicle accidents in the United States. Between 32 and 56 percent of male drivers died in crashes related to drunk driving from 1982 to 2017. This percentage over the same period ranges from 29 to 51 percent for female drivers. While the rate of alcohol-related motor vehicle deaths has improved in the last 35 years, driving while intoxicated -under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs – is still the most common cause of accidents that result in death.
*Drivers on Country Roads
Motor vehicle accidents occur on country roads 2.5 times more often than on non-rural roads. For example, urban areas in the Northeastern United States have 3.5 deaths for every 100,000 people, while rural areas have 10.8 fatalities for every 100,000 persons.
*Drivers Not Wearing Seatbelts
A study by the NHTSA suggests that seat belts saved the lives of almost 15,000 people in 2017. Over 2,500 people’s lives could have been saved had they been wearing a seatbelt. Forty-seven percent of people not wearing safety belts during an accident suffered fatal injuries.
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