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I recently have been reviewing “Traffic Safety Facts 2005” compiled together by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”). I’ve been discussing different types of car crashes (side impacts and rear end collisions) and realized I should have given an overall review of the car crash trends from the publication. So before we continue discussing different types of impacts, I want to briefly discuss a global review of 2005 traffic trends as they relate to car wrecks.

According to the publication, more than 6.1 million police-reported motor vehicle crashes occurred in the United States in 2005 with almost one-third of these car crashes resulting in injuries. This is important to note that the malingering myth promulgated by insurance companies is just that, a myth. Statistics by the NHTSA are hard to argue and the facts show that you have a significant chance of suffering injury if you are involved in a car crash.

The publication also importantly states that less than 1 percent of total crashes (39,189) resulting in a death. Once again, one-percent sounds miniscule but look at the number. Almost 40,000 people die yearly on our roads. How many lives could be saved by simply obeying traffic laws and/or respecting the dangers of an automobile?

There are many other important statistics in this study that I will discuss in the coming weeks. These statistics provide us with a good basis in improving traffic accidents.

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