Most people don’t spend much time actually thinking about the risks they face from car accidents. The statistics do not cross your mind when you hop behind the wheel to go to the grocery store. Maybe you think about it a little before a long road trip but not that seriously. You’ve been driving for decades without incident. You know accidents happen, but they’re not that common, right?

They’re actually far more common than most people realize. Just under 40,000 people tend to pass away every year. In 2018, for example, 36,560 people lost their lives. With 365 days in a year, that’s an average of right around 100 people per day.

Just take a moment to think about that number. You’ve probably flown on planes with around 100 people on them. An aviation accident would be headline news all across the country. If there was a crash in which 100 people died every day for a week, they’d shut down the airports. But that’s the same loss of life that we have been seeing for weeks and months and years on end in car accidents.

Plus, you also have people who suffer serious injuries in car accidents. They do survive, but the crashes take a toll. These statistics don’t even consider how many people have life-changing injuries, disabilities and other such issues. Clearly, there is a far greater risk every time you get in the car than many people know.

If you get involved in an accident and you suffer serious injuries or lose a loved one, make sure that you are well aware of all of the legal rights you may have to compensation.