The Numbers behind Oklahoma Car Accidents
You hear about car crashes all the time, but you never think it will happen to you. In Oklahoma, there were 68,967 crashes reported in 2011, or about 189 crashes every day. Of these, 609 were fatal, where a total of 696 people died. There were 24,174 crashes where 36,294 people were injured.
Of the 696 people who died in 2011, more than 80% of them may have survived if they had been wearing their seat belts. Of the 95 motorcyclists who died in a car crash, 64 of them didn’t bother to wear a helmet. It is a sobering thought.
Among the crashes where people died or were injured, 9.2% (3,400) was alcohol-related, 19.8% (7,323) was due to failure to yield, and 16.5% (6,107) was due to speeding, This is a total of 16,830 people who were killed or injured in a car crash that was totally preventable and due to negligence. This comes out to about 46 people each day in the state of Oklahoma who climbed into the car thinking nothing more serious than what kind of dessert they would get with their meal. And yet in a single second their lives would be changed forever.
It is easy to become a car cash statistic in Oklahoma or any other place for that matter. In all the hurry, hustle and bustle, and distractions left and right, it’s no wonder that so many accidents happen. If you get seriously injured in a car crash because someone was driving recklessly, it could mean the end of your life as you know it. The fact that such accidents are preventable makes it even worse.