The OPP have released 10 years worth of data surrounding fatal car accidents on Ontario roads.
The data, which was taken between 2005 and 2014, shows that young men are among the highest fatalities and also sheds light on passenger deaths as well.
The study recorded a total of 3,500 deaths. Of that 3,500, 2.358 of them were men, nearly twice the amount of women, who totaled 1,146. Young men in particular were hit hard with 397 of male deaths being men aged 25 to 34.
The study also found that of those that died, 69.2 per cent of them were drivers, 23.1 per cent were passengers and 7.7 per cent were pedestrians.
The data also showed that it’s not only unsafe drivers that suffered. While 1,975 of the cases recorded were shown to have been driving improperly at the time, 450 of the fatalities that were recorded were reported to have done nothing wrong when an accident occurred.
Passengers were also found to factor into a high percentage of deaths, primarily due to lack of wearing a seatbelt. The report found that 856 people died in accidents where their lack of wearing a seatbelt contributed directly to their deaths, 245 of those deaths were passengers.
It’s not all bad news. The data revealed that there was a decrease in deaths amongst children and teenagers. Statistics of child and teen deaths in accidents peaked during the initial years of the study with 26 children and 42 teens dying in 2005. The numbers dropped to four deaths amongst children and 16 amongst teens in 2014.