Nobody wants to be in a car accident, but they happen to almost all of us. According to a new survey from Esurance, 77 percent of U.S. drivers have been in at least one accident (which aligns well with previous research showing the average driver will be in 3 to 4 accidents in a lifetime).
The survey also found:
Drivers aren’t taking post-accident precautions to ensure their well-being.
- More than half neglected to file a police report or document the damage.
- Only 42 percent talked to the police after their incidents.
- And, of respondents who suffered injuries in an accident, fewer than half (47 percent) sought medical attention.
And drivers are underprepared before an accident even happens.
- 75 percent of drivers believe they’re well covered by insurance but may have gaps since 3 out of 4 drivers experience some out-of-pocket costs (and 16 percent know they have coverage gaps but choose to take the risk).
Ideally no one should be involved in a collision, but since car accidents are still a fact of life, the I.I.I. has advice on steps to take after an accidents here.