Laurence Tennant

Cars are Crazy

Road accidents are responsible for 2% of all deaths. They’re deadlier than suicide and almost as fatal as lung disease. They kill 1.2 million people every year and injure 50 million.

During the 40 days of the Gulf War, 146 American soldiers died keeping the world safe for petroleum. Yet during the same timeframe, 4900 civilians died in motor accidents back in the USA. Cars have killed more Americans than all American wars ever have combined.

But you only really start paying attention to traffic accidents when close friends are injured or killed in them. Young people are disproportionately affected: cars are the leading cause of death for older children and teenagers. Could there be a more senseless way to die?

Statistically, simple ‘distracted driving’ causes the most deaths. Texting while driving creates a crash risk 23 times higher than normal.

I hope that self-driving cars will solve these problems.