Facts About Automobile Accidents

According to both the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) and the national Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), traffic accidents are broken down as follows:

6,000 total accidents per year
3,000,000 claimed injuries per year
42,500 deaths per year
2,000,000 of the claimed injuries result in permanent damage to some part of their body

Every 14 seconds, someone is injured in an automobile accident.  Accidents are largely the result of drunk drivers (40%), and speeding (30%).  About 3 million people experience whiplash, neck and back injuries.  Of these, 1.5 million will recover.  Another 600,000 will continue to have long term symptoms and pain, and another 150,000 will become disabled disabled in one way or another as a direct result of the trauma.

15 % of auto accident victims develop serious nerve damage or post traumatic arthriitis.  Arthritis can ruin a person's posture by giving them a slumped or hump back appearance.  Osteoarthritis can cause the discs in the spine to degenerate and creat scar tissue formation leading to chronic stiffness and the inability to move properly.