Victims Involved in U.S. Disabled Vehicle Crashes in 2020:

48,122

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Emergency Safety Solutions (ESS) is focused on saving lives by helping to eliminate hundreds of thousands of preventable accidents involving vehicles that are in an emergency, disabled, or parked on the side of the road. Our Hazard Enhanced Lighting Package (“H.E.L.P.") uses highly visible hazard light flash patterns on LED lighting-equipped vehicles to provide instant, greatly enhanced visibility to give drivers more advance notice of oncoming hazards on or near the roadway, while also helping to combat driver distraction.

The Problem

A new study by Impact Research Inc. quantifies the extent of growing fatalities and injuries resulting from preventable disabled vehicle crashes along America’s roadways

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People are injured or killed in preventable tragedies involving disabled vehicles every day. Recent studies (2017-2018) show a nearly 10% annual increase in these types of accidents, including a nearly 40% increase in fatalities of pedestrians attending to disabled vehicles. As a result, every day more than 200 people are involved in preventable crashes with disabled or stationary vehicles in the U.S. alone. These accidents occur when oncoming drivers do not notice disabled vehicles in time to safely react.

Preventable tragedies involving disabled vehicles include scenarios such as:

  1. A moving vehicle strikes a non-moving, disabled vehicle on or adjacent to the roadway, often leading to multiple car pile-ups.
  2. A pedestrian is struck while attending to a disabled vehicle on or adjacent to the roadway.
  3. A vehicle runs off the roadway, strikes a fixed object, and the accident goes unnoticed by passersby for hours or days while trapped vehicle occupants expire.

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New Study By Impact Research Quantifies Impact Of Disabled Vehicle-Involved Crashes For The First Time

  • Disabled vehicle-involved crashes affect nearly 72,000 people in the U.S. each year – one every seven minutes, 200 per day – resulting in nearly 15,000 people injured or killed.
  • Crashes involving motorists attending to their disabled vehicle and those who assist them are especially tragic, with nearly 300 people killed in crashes of this type each year.
  • The societal cost of crashes involving disabled vehicles and their occupants in the U.S. is immense at $8.8 billion annually (Includes the economic cost of medical payments and wage losses, in addition to value of quality of life lost due to death or disability).

The full safety case study can be viewed here. To view a condensed interpretation of the safety case, please click here.