People are often very wary of common causes of death and they take steps to keep themselves healthy and safe. They put on sunscreen to avoid getting skin cancer, for instance, or they change their diet to avoid heart issues. This all makes sense because cancer and heart disease are two of the leading causes of death in the United States.
However, these same people probably drive in their cars every single day. Most people commute to work, and even those who do not have a commute generally drive to the store, to school, to friends’ houses and many other places. In the United States, cars are just part of the culture.
But are people overlooking the risks?
If you’re under 54 years of age, car accidents are a serious risk
What people are often astounded to find out is that car accidents are not just a major cause of death, but they are the leading cause of death for anyone in the United States between the ages of 1 and 54 years of age.
So, if you are a 35-year-old office worker, it’s important to think about things like cancer and heart disease, but it’s clear that your greatest risk is actually just that commute to work. Nothing takes more lives than car accidents for children and middle-aged adults. And yet most people are relatively unaware of this risk.
Have you been injured or lost a loved one?
If you do get involved in a wreck that causes catastrophic injuries or even the death of a loved one, be sure you know what legal options you have to get the compensation you need to cover your losses and move forward.