A deadly car accident occurred this past Saturday night on U.S. 331, as described by WJHG Channel 7 out of Panama City. According to the FHP report, a 20-year-old male of Owens Cross Road, Alabama was traveling north bound on U.S. 331, while a second driver 55-year-old male from DeFuniak Springs, and a third driver 47-year-old female of Hartford, Alabama were driving south bound on U.S. 331. The young male began drifting into the path of oncoming traffic, and at that time the 55 year-old male swerved in an attempt to avoid the collision but the two collided, causing the truck, driven by the DeFuniak Springs resident, to roll several times. The impact of the collision also caused them to hit the female’s Dodge Van on the passenger side. Tragically the 55-year-old male was pronounced dead at Healthmark Hospital in DeFuniak Springs. FHP reports the investigation is ongoing.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the DeFuniak Springs man who was killed in this horrible accident. We also hope for a speedy recovery to those injured in this accident.
Did you know that a car crash kills a person every twelve (12) minutes on average in the United States. Every year there are more than 6 million car accidents, the cause of about 40,000 fatalities per year. Research has found that the highest risk age group is 16 to 19 year olds.
Autos.com compiled a list of statistics for car crashes based on age and location. It is as follows:
Car Crash Statistics Based on Age
- Teens = Highest Risk Group: For every mile driven, teens between the ages of 16 and 19 are four times as likely to be involved in a car crash
- Teenage Car Fatalities: 5,000 teens in the 16 to 20 age group die each year as a result of a car crash
- Teenage Car Injuries: 400,000 teens in the same age group are injured each year in car accidents
- Disproportionate Population / Fatality Ratio: Teens make up 10% of the population but represent 12% of car crash fatalities
- Cost: 30% or $26 billion per year in costs are accounted for by drivers under the age of 24
- Driving Habits: Teenagers are more likely to speed, tailgate and only 10% report wearing seatbelts
- Teen Male Drivers: Of male drivers ages 15 to 20 killed in car crashes, 38% were speeding and 24% were under the influence of alcohol
- High Risk Age Groups: People between the ages of 15 and 24 and over 75 are the groups most likely affected by car accidents
- Senior Drivers: Drivers over the age of 65 are second most likely to die in a car crash
- Safety Disparity: Despite the fact that older drivers are on average slower, safer drivers, they are more likely to die in a car accident than younger drivers
Car Crash Statistics Based on Location
- Rural Danger: There are about 30% more car crash fatalities in rural areas than in urban areas
- Deer Collisions: About 150 people die and 10,000 people are injured every year due to collisions with deer which roam rural and less densely populated areas
- Run-off Road Collisions: Over 31% of all U.S. car-related fatalities are caused by vehicles running off of the road, an event more likely to happen along highways or where there is a steep shoulder