Statistics about CADIs in short supply

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.

  • Pedestrians:
    6,700  pedestrians died and about 160,000 received medical treatment for injuries after being hit by cars in 2015
  • Bicyclists:
    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:

National Safety Council

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

World Health Organization


4 thoughts on “Statistics about CADIs in short supply”

  1. I know this website focuses on human CADIs killing or injuring other humans, but are there any statistics or resources for humans unintentionally doing harm to animals? It can be just as devastating.

    1. Dave, that is exactly why I am on this site. I accidently killed my pet who was like a child to me. I don’t need statistics though. Just others to talk to.

  2. Do you have any contacts or recommendations for groups in Columbus Ohio? Mt brother in law is not a big “online” person but he needs help. He is a truck driver and it has always been his dream to own his own rig and go on the road. It had seemed his life was finally coming together as he now owns his own truck and is self employed. A month ago he accidentally struck and killed a man and he feels so defeated right now. I dont know if he can overcome the guilt. He really needs to listen to other peoples stories. ANY suggestions would be most appreciated.

    1. You have to help him see he is not alone. Maybe print a few pages/stories from this website to share with him. My accident was in 2009 and I remember those early months and years. It will help him to know that there are others who have been there.

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