Are accidents more or less common on the roads today in Canada?
Living in Canada, it’s easy to believe that your life isn’t at risk when you get into your car each day. The likelihood of getting into a crash is low, right? The fact is that every time you drive, you are at risk. You’re at risk even if you’re the safest driver in the world, because other drivers will have an effect on you.
You are right, though, to think that driving is getting safer each year. According to Transport Canada, the number of fatal collisions has dropped from 2,837 in 1994 to only 1,741 in 2013. That’s a significant drop, and it’s fair to say that it should continue to lessen each year into the future as long as driver education and safety is focused on.
Probably most interesting thing about the accidents on the road is the number of people involved and their ages. Out of the number of people in accidents in 2013, for instance, those aged 65 or older were the most likely to be killed in an accident. Those under the age of 4 were the least likely. When it comes to serious injuries, those between the ages of 25 and 34 were most likely to be hurt, whereas those under 4 were again the least likely to be injured in the accident. Overall, the greatest number of injuries of any type in 2013 was suffered by those between 25 and 34.
Who was most likely to be killed on the road based on what they were driving or the type of vehicle they were riding in? Drivers were most likely to be killed, with 964 killed in 2013. The least likely to be killed, from the categories that could be identified, included bicyclists, with only 62 fatal accidents.
Source: Transport Canada, “Canadian Motor Vehicle Traffic Collision Statistics 2013,” accessed Nov. 19, 2015
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