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10 Things You Didn’t Know about Vehicles


A mechanic is working on the underneath side of a vintage car.

The automobile industry has come a long way since it's initial early days. We came across some interesting statistics and thought we'd share a few.

Below, you will find several statistics regarding automobile safety, general facts, and historical pieces that have shaped the industry. 

  • 91 percent of people commuting to work use personal vehicles.
  • The first speeding ticket was issued in 1904 in Dayton, OH. 
  • Each day an estimated 135,000,000 cars are on the roads in the U.S.
  • 28 people in the United States die in vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver.
  • The first car used a lever not a steering wheel to direct the car.
  • The windshield wiper was invented by Mary Anderson and became standard on all automobiles in America in 1916.
  • The majority of car accidents occur within 3 miles of the driver’s home.
  • The average driver drives 29 miles a day.
  • 52% of Americans say they have talked on a cell phone while driving.
  • The average text message takes 5 seconds to write and send. That means you'd drive the length of a football field without looking at the road, if you're traveling at 55 mph.

As you can see, the automobile industry has made several advances. The first car's steering lever can't compete with today's safety features, assisted steering technology, and more. We hope that these interesting statistics will give you all the more reason to stay safe on the road. Remember, if you or a loved one is in an accident, call our personal injury law firm in Indiana for help.


Sources: Keller & Keller, United States Department of Transportation, & CDC

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