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Fatal accidents on the nation’s roadways

Every year in the United States, tens of thousands of people are killed in motor vehicle crashes. This doesn't account for the number of people who are injured. Furthermore, these accidents cause a lot of damage to the vehicles involved.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Highway Loss Data Institute, fatal motor vehicle crashes occur in every state throughout the country.

The institute also noted that there are many factors affecting the number of crashes per state, "including types of vehicles driven, travel speeds, rates of licensure, state traffic laws, emergency care capabilities, weather and topography."

In 2013, there were 30,057 fatal motor vehicle accidents nationwide, leading to the death of 32,719 people. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety added the following:

"This resulted in national motor vehicle crash death rates of 10.3 deaths per 100,000 people and 1.11 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled."

Our New Jersey readers are likely to be most interested in statewide statistics. In 2013, there were 508 fatal crashes and 542 deaths in the state. This works out to a vehicle crash death rate of 6.1 deaths per 100,000 people, which is much lower than the national average.

Regardless of the state in which you are driving or how much experience you have on the road, there is always the chance you could be involved in an accident. These statistics shared by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety show just how dangerous the nation's roadways can be.

As a driver, you should know how to stay safe on the road and what to do in the event of an accident. This knowledge could come in handy.

Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Highway Loss Data Institute, "General statistics" accessed Mar. 10, 2015

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