" The automobile accounts for the largest number of accidental deaths [for children and adolescents]. "
--Death among children and adolescents, MedlinePlus, A service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine, From the National Institutes of Health.
"Worldwide, an estimated 1.2 million people are killed in road crashes each year and as many as 50 million are injured." [This death rate works out to an average of over 3,200 people dead each day in traffic accidents.]
During 2011 in the United States,
32,367 people died in traffic crashes.
4,432 of these people were pedestrians.
In 2003, traffic congestion (based on wasted time and fuel) cost a total of about $63.1 billion in 85 US urban areas studied, with an average cost per traveler of $794.
"In the first such national study, health researchers found that people who live in counties marked by sprawl-style development tend to weigh more, are more likely to be obese and are more likely to suffer from high blood pressure."
--Measuring the Health Effects of Sprawl, Smart Growth America and the Surface Transportation Policy Project
"Carpooling, using transit, walking, or bicycling-just one day a week for a year-can save the typical commuter about 1,200 miles on their vehicle and about $455 in total driving costs."