Major storms get the most hype in national news. Hurricanes and tropical storms are named; tornadoes are chased; and floods are documented for their high-water marks. Each natural disaster is no doubt extremely serious in its own right, but did you know that motor vehicle accidents in bad weather are responsible for more deaths each year than all of these storms combined?
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, which used 10-year averages for this study, there are more than 5.7 million vehicle crashes per year. About 22 percent of those are related to dangerous weather conditions, and on average, about 5,900 people are killed per year in those weather-related crashes.