Car accidents responsible for more than 5,000 deaths a year

Nov 24, 2010

Thousands die every year in motor vehicle accidents

Driving is an activity many people do on the daily basis without much thought. However, the practice can be particularly dangerous if motorists don't pay attention to what they are doing. It's estimated that more than 5,400 people were involved in a fatal motor vehicle accident last year because of a distracted driver, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

A number of activities can be considered a distraction. Most notably, cell phone use has been pegged as a major form of distraction for drivers. The radio, GPS units, grooming and eating are also other common ways motorists can become distracted behind the wheel.

Despite a number of efforts from a range of organizations, distracted driving remains a problem, says U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

"These numbers show that distracted driving remains an epidemic in America, and they are just the tip of the iceberg," says LaHood. "Tomorrow, I'm convening our second Distracted Driving Summit in the hopes that we can continue to draw attention to the dangers of distracted driving and work together to save lives."

A fatal accident can happen to anyone. Investing in life insurance can one way a person can make sure their loved ones are taken care of financially in the event of an unexpected death.

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