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Accidents cost society billions and leave heavy emotional toll

While the total number of fatal car accidents in Ohio and the U.S. has fallen, more teens die in crashes than by any other cause, including suicide or medical conditions, and, on average, car accidents cost society $300 billion annually. This figure represents the associated medial costs of an accident as well as the costs of damage to property, lost wages and a reduced quality of life. Just a single death from a car accident in 2010 resulted in an average cost of $1.4 million to society.

Distracted driving is the cause behind many deadly accidents. An estimated 15 people are killed every day because of distracted driving. Texting while driving, which takes a drivers' eyes and attention off the road and requires their hands to be off the steering wheel, makes a driver 23 times more likely to crash or have an accident. In addition, men appear to be more likely to be involved in a fatal accident. For all deadly accidents in 2010, men accounted for 70 percent of the deaths. 

While these are general statistics for the entire U.S., certain states fair better than others for car accident fatalities. In particular, the Northeast had the lowest rate of fatal accidents with just around four to six accident deaths per 100,000 people. Western states Montana and Wyoming and southern states Alabama, Mississippi and Arkansas faired the worst with around 18 to 28 deaths per 100,000 people.

Even with car insurance, Ohio drivers who become injured in a wreck may face financial and emotional burdens they're unprepared for. In many cases, an experienced attorney may assist a victim with recovering compensation to reduce these hardships.

Source: Business2Community, "The Human and Economic Toll of Car Crashes," Brian Wallace, March 4, 2013

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