Because we know that many of our regular Monroeville legal blog readers have military backgrounds, we are certain that know and understand military and U.S. history better than most. Even they might be surprised by a statistic we read of recently: since the turn of the century, more Americans have died in car wrecks than died in both World War I and World War II.
Since January of 2000, more than 624,000 people have been killed in motor vehicle crashes on U.S. streets, roads and highways, easily surpassing the 535,000 American service members who died in the World Wars.
A recent news article on the roadway fatalities pointed out that most of these roadway tragedies involved at least one of three components: speeding, drunk driving or distracted driving. Let’s break the numbers down a bit further:
- 213,000 of those fatal crashes (through 2017) involved drivers who were above the legal BAC (blood alcohol content) limit. In Alabama, that limit is .08 percent.
- 197,000 people were killed in motor vehicle accidents caused by speeding drivers
- 78,000 lost their lives in crashes caused by distracted drivers
Another way of looking at the grim numbers: between 2006 and 2012, nearly 100,000 people died in the opioid epidemic, while speeding, distracted driving and drunk driving killed almost twice as many (190,455).
A fourth major cause of motor vehicle fatalities should not be ignored: fatigued driving. More than 10,000 people have been killed since 2005 by drivers who fell asleep at the wheel.
We cannot make people drive responsibly, but our law firm helps those who lose loved ones in motor vehicle wrecks and those who are injured in crashes caused by negligent drivers.