Data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety indicates that the number of people who have died as a result of being in a car crash has been dropping steadily for several years, with fatalities dropping by about a third in just three years. The reduction in deaths began in 1985, and it has been attributed to improved vehicle design and safety features.
In 2013, the most recent year with complete data available, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 33,804 people died in car accidents. In that year, 2.6 million people died in the United States, so the odds of dying as a result of a collision were about one in 77. This included pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists that died as a result of a car crash.
Although this is one of the highest probability causes of death per the CDC, there are a variety of other causes of dying that are far more common. People have a one in 34 chance of dying as a result of alcohol or drugs and a one in 53 chance of death due to poisoning. However, individuals are much more likely to die of heart disease, the leading cause of death, and they have a one in four chance of doing so.
Although the number of traffic fatalities has been on a steady decline, people can and still do frequently get injured when they are involved in an auto accident. Individuals also frequently have to deal with vehicle repair costs as well as medical bills, and if they are injured severely enough, they may lose wages because they have to take time off of work to recover. A lawyer could assist an injured victim in seeking compensation for the losses that have been sustained.