Study: Car Accidents and Pedestrian Accidents Continue to be a Leading Cause of DeathTrusted Content
Legally reviewed by:Erik Abrahamson, J.D. September 15, 2018
Some of the most tragic cases that our wrongful death lawyers handle at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk involve losses of life caused by negligent drivers.
And research has shown that both pedestrians and drivers should be more concerned than they probably are when it comes to this issue. In fact, fatal roadway accidents are more common than most drivers realize.
The National Safety Council (NSC) released a study in 2016 with some telling statistics on the most common causes of death in the United States. Although diseases like cancer and heart failure topped this list, car accidents ranked very highly as well. The average person’s odds of dying in a pedestrian, motorcycle or bicycle accident were quite significant too.
According to the NSC, the odds of dying by heart disease or cancer are 1 in 6 and 1 in 7 respectively. Compare that to the following odds for road related accidents:
- Odds of dying in a motor vehicle crash: 1 in 102
- Odds of dying in a pedestrian accident: 1 in 561
- Odds of dying in a motorcycle accident: 1 in 846
- Odds of dying in a bicycle accident: 1 in 4050
Whether we know it or not, the truth of the matter is that everyday activities like driving to work or walking home from school are considerably riskier when comes to survival than some of the things we fear the most. By way of comparison, the odds of dying in from an accidental gunshot are 1 in 8305, and the odds of dying in an airplane accident are 1 in 205,552.
Unfortunately, the loss of life that we see in all too many wrongful death lawsuits at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk could have easily been prevented if the negligent party had simply had acted responsibly. The terrible impact of that a moment’s negligence can have on an entire family in the event of an accident is a driving force behind why we have served accident victims in our area for more than 30 years.
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The committed and focused Tampa wrongful death lawyers on our injury law team have aggressively fought for the rights of victim’s families in these types of accidents since 1988.