and Injuries from
Traffic Safety Administration statistics for 2006 show that
automobiles were the number three killer in the United States
(in terms of years of life lost if they had not died), behind
heart disease and cancer. Automobile collisions were the
leading cause of death among persons 4
to 34 years of age.
The number of people who die each year in automobile collisions
is almost double the number of people killed in accidents
in the home. And ten times greater than the number of people
killed in all other forms of transportation combined, such
as plane crashes and train and bus wrecks.