It's the first time in the history of the NSC's risk analysis that this has happened. Car crash rates have generally gone down over the decades, and as opioid overdoses have skyrocketed, the two were likely to cross over at some point. But it may still be surprising to learn that prescription pills are more dangerous than speeding along at 50 miles per hour in a two-ton metal box. As Ken Kolosh, manager of statistics at the NSC told NPR, "As human beings, we're terrible at assessing our own risk. We typically focus on the unusual or scary events ... and assume that those are the riskiest."