2011 saw the lowest number of car crash deaths since 1949 at 32,310, a number that keeps decreasing every year. With new safety features in cars being added every year, it's easy to see that they are at least helping us to drive safer. However, there is only so much that cars themselves can do to keep us safe, the rest comes down to those driving and their good, or otherwise, judgement. About one-third of car crash deaths involved a driver who was speeding and a recorded 10,228 deaths involved DUIs.
Teens still remain one of the most dangerous groups on the road making auto accidents the leading cause of death in their age group and putting 16 year-olds with the highest crash rate of any other age.
Distracted drivers are especially dangerous, texting being one of the main distractors from the road. Responsible for 15 deaths every day, you're 23 times more likely to be involved in a crash while texting and driving.
Aside from the emotional and physical damage a car crash can do to victims and loved ones, an enormous toll is taken in the form of $300 billion annually covering medical care, lost earnings, property damage and reduced quality of life.
Take a look at this infographic courtesy of carinsurancequotes.com for more on the state of car accidents and remember, drive safely.