Statistics show that accidents take a heavy toll
Statistics published by the National Safety Council indicate that accidents killed 146,571 people in the U.S. alone in 2015. Another 4.3 million people in the U.S. received medical attention for injuries resulting from accidents. Although statistics about accident victims are easy to find, data about the number of people who accidentally cause injury or death to another are not available. A conservative estimate, however, is over 1 million people per year join the ranks of CADIs.
When I had my accident, I had never met a CADI and had no one to talk with who could understand what I was going through as a result of their own experience. It was years before I started talking with others who had accidentally injured or killed someone, and I found those conversations to be extremely helpful. The statistics below suggest that there are thousands of CADIs in your own state or city. Relatively few, however, are open about their experience.
6,700 pedestrians died and about 160,000 received medical treatment for injuries after being hit by cars in 2015
623 bicyclists were killed in collisions with motor vehicles in 2014
- Car crashes:
In the U.S. motor vehicle accidents killed 37,757 people in 2015; Another 4.3 million suffered injuries serious enough to require medical attention
- Around the world:
Worldwide, car accidents killed 1.423 million people in 2015 and injured 30 to 60 million
- Other accidents:
Workplace home and recreational accidents in the U.S. kill over 100,000 people per year and injure millions more
(Source: National Safety Council Injury Facts, 2017 Edition)
If you’d like to delve more deeply into the data, here are a few places to start. Note that different organizations can publish slightly different statistics, reflecting their methodological choices: