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You have nearly a 1 in 100 chance of dying in a car accident

It's pretty common to think of car accidents as incidents you see on the nightly news, something that impacts other people's lives. That's the only way that you can look at the 35,000 annual car accident deaths and not feel a bit frightened to drive. You have to think it will not happen to you.

However, this mindset does not promote a realistic sense of safety on the road. The only way to work toward reducing those death totals is for people to understand the risks that they actually face.

In one study, the lifetime odds that every American faces, when looking at the chances of a car accident-related fatality, sit at about 1 out of 102. Every 10 minutes, three people lose their lives. Another 847 people suffer serious injuries.

These are the real statistics. Experts are quick to point out that many people fear things that are far more uncommon. They worry about getting killed in an airplane disaster or a terrorist attack. They worry about shark attacks and snakes. All of these things do carry a certain level of risk, but the stats show that you're far more likely to die in a car accident -- even if you don't feel all that nervous when you go out for a drive or take that next trip to the store.

This isn't meant to worry you, but just to show how important safe, careful driving really is. Unfortunately, you're at the mercy of other drivers, as well. If you get injured, you may need to seek financial compensation from the liable parties.

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