Injuries and death in car accidents are risks that most Americans take almost daily. In Manhattan, where most people use public transportation, pedestrians, bus and cab passengers spend much of their time in heavy traffic. New York is ranked as one of the 10 states where someone is least likely to die in a car accident, but when car accidents happen, the people involved can experience life-changing injuries or losses. Car accident fatalities are on the decline, and while there is risk wherever there are cars and people, the chances of dying in a car accident are not as great as the chances of dying from some diseases.

The number one cause of death in America is heart disease, which takes the lives of about one in every four people. The chance of dying in an auto accident is roughly one in 77, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Diabetes, pneumonia and drugs or alcohol are also more likely to result in fatalities than car accidents. In the United States, the District of Columbia has the lowest rate of deaths per capita while Montana has the highest.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that nationwide highway deaths hit an all-time low in 2014. The agency attributes this to safer vehicles provided by modern technology and expects the trend to continue in the coming years.

Despite lower numbers of traffic fatalities, being involved in an auto accident can be life-changing. A survivor of a car accident may require medical treatment, be unable to work temporarily or permanently and face high medical costs. In the event that the accident was caused by the negligence of another driver, the injured victim may want to speak with an attorney about filing a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible party seeking damages for the losses that have been sustained.