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Less driving could lower the car accident fatality rate

For the average person in Colorado, driving a car is the most dangerous part of their day. According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 1.09 car accident deaths for every 100 million miles driven in 2013. The fatality rate for car travel is 300 times higher than the fatality rate for commercial air travel.

In 2013, car drivers in the United States traveled 3 trillion miles, and 32,719 people were killed in motor vehicle accidents. While improvements in vehicle safety technology can help to reduce fatalities, the simple act of driving fewer miles can also have a big impact on the car accident fatality rate. A person who has a long commute to work has a greater chance of getting into a car accident than someone with a short work commute.

According to NHTSA data, a worker who travels six miles to and from work 250 days out of the year has a one in 30,400 chance of being killed in a car accident. If the same worker were to live one mile closer to their job,, the worker would drive 500 fewer miles every year. This reduction in drive time would lower the worker's chances of being killed in a car accident to one in 36,500.

Even short commutes, however, can result in the driver being seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident. If it can be demonstrated that the accident was caused by the negligence of another motorist, a personal injury attorney might be of assistance in seeking compensation on behalf of the injured victim for the losses that have been sustained.

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