Imagine that every day for the next year, a fully-loaded,
110-passenger jetliner crashes, taking the lives of everyone
on board. By the end of the year, more than 40,000 people
would die. Predictably, the public would get upset...and
would be demanding some kind of action.
That's exactly what happens on our nation's highways: Nearly
40,000 people die in traffic crashes each and every year
in the United States. In airplane crashes, a mechanical
malfunction of the airplane itself is frequently at fault;
passengers have little control. But in a vehicle on the
roadway, people have a lot of control. Yet, the tragic fact
is most crashes occur as a result of driver error. Safety
experts estimate 92 percent of all fatalities are caused
by human error.
Each year, in Kansas alone, more than 450 people lose their
lives and more than 30,000 are seriously injured. To reduce
this senseless loss of life and thousands of serious injuries,
drivers need to realize their behavior and attitudes are
major parts of the solution. We at the Kansas Department
of Transportation are dedicated to doing our part by providing
quality roads, clear signage and safe bridges. You, as a
driver, need to do your part as well.
There's an old saying, "Knowledge is power." We hope some of the information offered here can help empower
you to be a safer driver.
Time of day:
Most crashes between 5 - 6 p.m.
Most deaths between 1 - 2 p.m.
Day of the week:
Most crashes on Friday
Most deaths on Saturday
Month of the year:
Most crashes in November
Most deaths in October
Most crashes on Thanksgiving and New Year's Day
Most deaths on Thanksgiving and Memorial Day
Failure to give full time and attention to driving
Failure to yield right of way
Driving too fast for conditions
Animals (deer are responsible for more than 10,000 crashes
with 400-plus injuries and an occasional death)
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