Car Accident Stats

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Accidents involving cars and other types of vehicles happen every day. It has even been estimated that a car accident happens at least once every minute somewhere in the United States. When you have been involved in an accident, you may need to contact a lawyer to assist you when you file for a claim on your insurance, and also to file a lawsuit against the driver responsible for your accident. Issues regarding your claim need the expertise of a lawyer who is experienced with personal injury or car accident lawsuits.

Each year, there are an average of six million car and truck accidents in the United States. More than three million individuals are injured because of these accidents and more than two million of these injured individuals are affected permanently. An average of 40,000 deaths occur each year due to car accidents caused by negligent and reckless drivers.

Here are some more statistics regarding car accidents that may be of value to you:

40 percent of the cases of car accidents occur are a result of drunk driving;
30 percent of the cases are due to drivers driving above the legal speed limit;
Over 33 percent are a result of reckless driving;
The majority of victims of car accidents are the drivers of the cars, followed by the passengers;
An individual dies every 12 minutes because of a car accident. Car accidents cause an injury every 14 seconds;
More than half of car accident deaths are a result of the individual not wearing a seat belt;
Accidents can happen from simple acts: chatting with passengers, tuning a car stereo while driving, and drinking or eating while driving;
More than 25 percent of accidents are caused by people talking or texting on a cell phone while driving.

Passenger vehicles are not the only vehicles at risk for accidents. Motorcyclists, truckers and bikers are also at risk, even if every safety precaution is taken. While driving, one can only do so much to avoid an accident. He or she cannot control what people are doing in other cars. We can be as alert as we can, but still find ourselves the victim of an accident. People who are driving recklessly or negligently deserve to be punished for their actions, and this is where a lawyer comes in.

The sad part about these car accidents is the fact that they could have been avoided if only the drivers were responsible while they were on the road. When you or someone close to you has been involved in car accident, it is important to seek help from a lawyer to guide you when you file for a claim. He or she can launch an investigation to determine fault and also speak with experts regarding the case, in order to get you the best results possible. When you hire the help of an experienced lawyer, you have a better chance of wining your case. A lawyer has the proper knowledge and information to get you through the process of the claim.


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