Similar numbers exist for other recent years; 1999: 41,611; 2000: 41,945; 2002: 42,815; 2003: 42,884; 2004: 42,636. And to repeat, 2001: 42,196.
Assuming a 9/11 death toll of 2752, that means more than 15 times as many people died in the US in car crashes in 2001 as in the tragic 9/11 attacks.
That is like 9/11 happening more than once a month.
Or if 42,196 is a good average per year (reasonable based on the data above for 1999-2004), in the 7 years since 9/11 there have been 295,372 deaths in the US due to car crashes. That’s more than 100 “9/11s” in just seven years.
Did you know? If any of your family members or close friends are numbers contained in any of those yearly death toll statistics, you might have known. But the rest of the country probably doesn’t know. Somehow it just doesn’t make good television, it doesn’t provide good soundbites for politicians.
And yet, 9/11 sparked billions of dollars in defense spending and thousands more lives lost in the “war on terror”. What about a “war on traffic fatalities”? NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) estimates that highway crashes cost Americans at least $230.6 billion a year, about $820 per person. The NHTSA budget in 2006 was $696.4 million.