Distracted Driver Statistics:
  • Annual Economic cost of U.S. automobile accidents EXCEEDS $800 Billion - NHTSA
  • Every 2 seconds there is a crash caused by driver texting - NHTSA 
  • 19 fatal car accidents per day are attributed to Distracted Driving - NHTSA
  • 1,600,000 Distracted Driving accidents per year – National Safety Council
  • 11 teen deaths each day due to driver distraction & cell phone use – I.I.H.S. Fatality Facts
  • Drivers texting are  23 times more likely to be in an automobile accident 
  • 16,687 crashes in roadway construction and maintenance zones in Texas in 2012, resulting in 134 fatalities
  • Cell phone use while driving reduces brain activity required for driving by 37% - NHTSA
  • 60% of all accidents are estimated to be caused by one of the numerous driver distractions provided in most new cars.

Statistics generated by North-Western's National study of 466 Ambulance Accidents:
  • 358 crashes resulted in a total of 962 injuries, or three injuries per accident
  • There were 79 fatal accidents resulting in 99 fatalities 
  • There is a 21% probability of an ambulance accident resulting in a fatality. 
  • There are more than 6,500 Ambulance accidents per year.
  • The occupational fatality rate from ambulance crashes is four times the US average when compared to other occupations  
  • Emergency medical personnel are at a higher crash risk than other first responders including law enforcement officers and firefighters 

Additional Emergency Vehicle Accidents Statistics: 
  • There are 9,000 Ambulance & Fire Apparatus accidents per year; Half  result in fatalities
  • The highest at-risk individuals in these accidents are the life-saving, first responding EMS personnel.  
  • 20%-25% of all firefighter deaths are not related to fire fighting, but occur in accidents when responding to emergencies
  • Accidents responding to emergencies is the 2nd leading cause of fire fighter fatalities.
  • 58.8% of ambulance accident fatalities occur in the patient compartment
  • 43% of ambulance crashes occurred where two or more roads cross.

Agency, Municipality, Insurance Carrier and Tax Payer Expenses:
  • Los Angeles Police Department paid $24,000,000 in 2011 for settlements and verdicts related to accidents involving their police cars.
  • Chicago paid $7,000,000 in 2007 for settlements and verdicts related to accidents involving their patrol cars.
  • $35 Billion is the estimated annual cost of Emergency Vehicles accidents in the United States.
  • $250 Billion is the estimated annual global cost of Emergency Vehicle accidents.
  • Fire Department of New York (NYFD) responded to 216,987 non-fire emergencies in 2011.
  • Between 1998 and 2008, 50% of all Law Enforcement Officer Deaths resulted from Vehicle Accidents.
  • Since 1980, every state except New York and Alabama has had an increase in the percentage of Law Enforcement Officers deaths resulting from vehicular accidents.
  • An Australian study notes that ambulance providers are at a 50% greater risk being involved in a crash while on duty then when driving a private automobile.  
  • Department of Emergency Medicine, Wright State University School of Medicine - "The siren is an extremely limited warning device, and exposure to siren noise can cause hearing loss."  A Wisconsin Fire Fighter has filed a law suit against his fire department because of his siren noise related hearing loss.
  • Wake Accidents occur as a result of panic caused by hearing Sirens at last minute and drivers freezing where they are by slamming on their brakes.  It is estimated that there are five wake accidents per emergency vehicle siren run.
  • Most private vehicle insurance policies are insufficient to cover the replacement cost of an ambulance or fire apparatus if the private vehicle driver is found responsible in an accident involving these emergency vehicles. This will create a significant out-of-pocket financial expense for that individual to make up the difference of the damage and the amount covered by the insurance carrier.
STATISTICS VALIDATE THE ONGOING INCREASE IN ACCIDENTS CAUSED BY DISTRACTED DRIVING, ACCIDENTS INVOLVING EMERGENCY VEHICLES, AND THE 
INCREASING NUMBER OF FATALITIES AND INJURIES.

2015 HAD THE LARGEST INCREASE IN TRAFFIC DEATHS SINCE 1966
2016 TRAFFIC FATALITIES OF UP 10.4% OVER 2015
AMERICA HASN'T SEEN TRAFFIC DEATHS THIS HIGH IN 50 YEARS

EMERGENCY VEHICLE ALERT HAS DEVELOPED TECHNOLOGY TO REVERSE THE GROWING PROBLEM RELATED TO THE EMERGENCY VEHICLE SECTOR AND CAN NOW ALERT THOSE WITH HEARING OR VISUAL DISABILITIES.

REDUCING DRIVER DISTRACTION AND REDUCING CRASHES, FATALITIES & INJURIES
.EMERGENCY VEHICLE ALERT
 BRINGING EMERGENCY ALERT TECHNOLOGY INTO THE 21st CENTURY
U.S. Traffic Deaths Rise for a Second Straight Year

Last year, traffic deaths increased 6 percent, to 40,200, according to estimates released on Wednesday by the National Safety Council. The two-year increase — 14 percent — is the largest in more than a half a century.

Feb. 15, 2017
Over the last decade, new cars have gotten electronic stability control systems to prevent skids, rearview cameras to prevent fender benders and more airbags to protect occupants in collisions. Hundreds of millions of dollars have been spent on campaigns to remind the public of the dangers of drunken driving, failing to buckle up and texting while on the go.

Despite all that, more Americans are dying on roads and highways than in years, and the sudden and sharp increase has alarmed safety advocates.

The latest batch of bad news arrived Wednesday in traffic fatality estimates released by the National Safety Council, a nonprofit organization that works closely with federal auto-safety regulators. According to its estimates, 40,200 people died in accidents involving motor vehicles in 2016, a 6 percent rise from the year before.

If the estimates are confirmed, it will be the first time since 2007 that more than 40,000 people have died in motor vehicle accidents in a single year. The 2016 total comes after a 7 percent rise in 2015 and means the two-year increase — 14 percent — is the largest in more than a half a century.


Traffic deaths dip in 2017 after 2-year spike




February 20, 2018 - Detroit, AP is attributed as the source of this information.  

Traffic deaths on U.S. roads fell slightly in 2017 after two straight years of big increases, but the leading safety organization that complied the numbers say it no cause for celebration.  

The National Safety Council on February 15 estimated that 40,100 people were killed in traffic crashes last year, down just under 1% from the 2016 total of 40,327. "We're treading water, essentially," said spokeswoman Maureen Vogel. "We're not making progress. This is the second yea rin a row we're seeing over 40,000 people killed in this country on the roadways."

Fatalities rose 7% in 2016, on top of a 7% increase from 2014 to 2015, the steepest two-year increase in over 50 years, according to the council which gets its data from states. Prior to 2016, annual deaths had not hit 40,000 since 2007.  

The cost of vehicle deaths, injuries and property damage is estimated at $413.8 Billion. 
America Hasn’t Seen a Spike in Traffic Deaths This Bad in 50 Years

October 2017 - Streetblog USA  -  In 2016, 37,461 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes, according to official statistics recently released by U.S. DOT — a 5 percent increase over the previous year.

Coming on top of the 9 percent increase in 2015, that adds up to the worst two-year swing in traffic deaths in more than 50 years. Not since the early 1960s has the country seen such a spike. Safety is even getting worse according to federal officials’ preferred metric — deaths per mile driven rose 2.6 percent.

People walking or biking account for a rising share of total traffic deaths. Last year drivers killed nearly 6,000 pedestrians — an increase of 9 percent. The number of people killed while cycling rose slightly to 580 — still the highest toll since 1991.

Even before the current increase in the traffic fatality rate, America was falling far behind its international peers on street safety. But despite the preventable loss of tens of thousands of lives, the federal agencies that put out this update did not make any appeal for policy changes to turn this trend around.