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Statistics show the real risk of using America's highways

People often don't think much about the risk when getting in the car. They're far more likely to be worried when doing something they think of as dangerous -- like going skydiving. However, the stats show that simply driving to work or to the store is one of the most dangerous things you can do.

First of all, more than 37,000 people die annually in car accidents in the United States. On top of that, around 2.35 million wind up disabled or injured. Clearly, this is far more than the amount who are injured or killed doing more traditionally "dangerous" activities.

The risks for young people are also very high. Around 8,000 people die in accidents that involve young drivers, between the age of 16 -- when they can first get a license -- and 20. Teens are often considered one of the most high-risk groups, and the stats back that up year in and year out. On top of that, more than 1,600 of those who die are under the age of 15, though the majority are passengers in these deadly wrecks.

Wondering what the financial impact of these accidents may be? Experts have found that the cost per person, per year, is about $820. That's if you average it out over everyone in the United States. The full cost of car accidents across the country, on an annual basis, is a staggering $230.6 billion.

Even a simple trip across town can lead to serious injuries, disabilities, or even death. If you or your family are impacted by one of these tragic and yet common accidents, you need to know your rights to compensation.

Source: ASIRT, "Annual United States Road Crash Statistics," accessed March 17, 2017

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