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Dr. Calvin ErhaborMar 12, 2016 3:30:00 PM3 min read

14 Unbelievable Car Accident Facts You Didn't Know About

Car accidents can happen to anyone at any time for any reason. Hopefully, these facts can help you become more aware and help you to avoid putting yourself in a compromising situation that could eventually lead to being in a car accident.

If you've been injured in a car accident, here are some Tips for Healing Faster after a Car Accident.

  1. Most car accidents occur within 3 miles of the home
  2. The most common causes of car accidents are distractions, fatigue, environmental conditions and medical or emotional impairment
  3. Nearly 1.3 million people die in car accidents each year
  4. There are about 3,287 car accident deaths a day
  5. Automobile accidents rank as the 9th leading cause of death
  6. Automobile accidents are the leading cause of death among people ages 15-29
  7. Car accidents are the most deadly as well as the most common type of personal injury
  8. Almost half of all fatal car accidents involved alcohol
  9. Weekend nights between midnight and 3 am are responsible for most fatal accidents and most of those involved alcohol
  10. 4,378 pedestrians are killed annually after being struck by vehicles on roads and highways in the United States
  11. Approximately 15 school-aged kids are killed by school buses each year
  12. Seat belt laws exist in all 50 states because they are that important
  13. Alcohol-related car crashes make up, at least, one-third of all fatal crashes
  14. Males are twice as likely as females to die or become injured in a car crash, drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and cause a car accident

More Facts About Car Accidents

In the time it takes the average person to read this list, over four car accidents have occurred. Statistics tell us that car accidents involving injury occur every 14 seconds and that every 12 minutes one of those car accidents will be fatal.

It is common for impacts and injuries to occur at any speed, including below 10 miles per hour. Any collision at any speed can result in damage and should be checked out by a medical professional sooner rather than later. 

Frontal collision injuries are often concussions, internal damage, and dislocations. Rear collision injuries are most often caused by a distracted driver from behind and mostly cause injury to the head, neck and spinal areas.

Side collisions can often be the worst accidents because of the lack of side safety features in most cars. These accidents often cause injuries to the neck and head from hitting the window or door.

What Should You Do After A Car Crash?

When you're involved in a wreck there are a few keys things you need to do to make sure you are protected.

First, always stop if you are involved in an accident. Even if you do not think there was any damage, any time you collide with something, you should stop your car to investigate.

If there is damage, never admit responsibility for it. Your insurance policy is a contract, and your contract for your insurance with your car insurance company typically states that you must not assume responsibility or liability under these circumstances.

Here are a few more things you should know to do after a collision:

  • Determine the Extent of Damage or Injuries
  • Contact The Police
  • Limit Your conversation with other involved parties
  • Get the facts


Always seek medical attention, every time, even if you feel fine. Several injuries can take hours or days to present symptoms, and it is always best to get checked by a doctor or chiropractor immediately after your accident to be sure you weren't injured.

Many chiropractors will offer free consultations to see if there is any way they can help you.

Even if it doesn't seem necessary, you should also speak to a personal injury lawyer. Most lawyers will offer free consultations, so there is no risk to talk to them.

Sometimes the other party's insurance company will try to get you to say things that will decrease the compensation you are owed, so it is always better to let an experienced lawyer speak with them first.

Contact The Arrowhead Clinic Today

Arrowhead Clinic has 40 years of experience treating victims of car accident injuries, so if you or a loved one is suffering after an accident, do not hesitate to call today.   

Car crashes can result in serious physical harm or even death. Accidents caused by someone else's negligent actions can impact your quality of life and can most likely be punishable.

You may be entitled to compensation.

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Dr. Calvin Erhabor

Dr. Calvin Erhabor is Arrowhead Clinic’s Riverdale Chiropractor. He specializes in providing chiropractic spinal adjustments to accident victims as well as to people who suffer from chronic neck and back pain. Dr. Erhabor graduated with a Bachelors in Biological Sciences from Alcon State University in 2007. He also received his Doctorate of Chiropractic degree from the prestigious Life University in 2012. Life University is recognized throughout the world as a top institution and regularly has the highest National Board test scores in the nation. Dr. Erhabor is board certified by the National Board of Chiropractors Association and is a member of the Mississippi Chiropractic Association and the Georgia Chiropractic Association. Dr. Erhabor believes that his primary purpose is to truly understand his patients and the situation they are facing. He believes that every patient should be treated with respect, dignity, and above all else, be seen as a whole person and not as the condition or ailment they suffer from. Dr. Erhabor’s mission is to restore health and help community members reach their potential. One of Dr. Erhabor’s patients said, “The Riverdale facility is very clean. Dr. Calvin is great. He has a special bond with all his patients. I’ve never had a Dr. that actually talks to the patients and really gets to know them. And on top of that I feel so much better.” Dr. Erhabor offers same-day, free consultations. He is available to schedule an appointment Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.