It is no secret that car accidents in the United States happen frequently and can be deadly. Every single day, Americans are victims of car accidents all across the country. In fact, it has almost become common knowledge that automobile accidents are the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. If you or someone you know has been involved and injured in a car accident, it may be in your best interest to reach out to a car accident lawyer in order to receive professional help in get your fair compensation.
Statistics on Car Accidents in the United States
Car accidents in the United States are no joke. The following statistics are included in order to paint the picture of how serious the issue of car accidents is in our country.
- According to the Association for Safe International Road Travel, approximately 37,000 people die annually as a result of automobile accidents.
- In addition to the 37,000 deaths, more than two and a half million people suffer injuries from car accidents.
- Car accidents are the fourth leading cause of death in the United States.
- Automobile crashes wrack up more than $230.6 billion annually in both damages and medical bills.
Possible Causes of a Car Accident
There are a wide range of factors that can contribute to a car accident. While every case is different, some of the most common causes of car accidents include (but are not limited to):
- Driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol
- Distracted driving
- Inexperienced driving
- Texting while driving
- Driver fatigue
- Extreme weather (such as snow and ice, heavy rain, heavy wind, heavy hail, etc.)
- Reckless driving
- Driving at night
While some of these causes are unavoidable, such as the extreme weather, many are factors that we can control. For example, everybody can avoid texting and driving by pulling over to the side of the road when it is safe to send a text or make a phone call.
Possible Injuries That Can Result from a Car Accident
In addition to fatalities, the large majority of people involved in car accidents suffer major injuries. While the severity of the injury varies in each case, many require at minimum hospitalization, and many others require long-term medical care, expensive surgeries, and physical therapy. Some of the common injuries that occur from car accidents include (but are also not limited to):
- Brain damage
- Muscle weakness
- Broken bones
- Bruises and abrasions
- Spinal cord damage
Why Should I Call a Car Accident Lawyer?
Suffering from an car accident injury can be traumatic in and of itself. Nobody should have to deal with piling legal paperwork and overwhelming medical bills, especially when you are already dealing with the emotional burden that comes with an injury. Medical bills can be costly, and if you believe you are a victim of a car accident, it is only just that you get the fair compensation you deserve to cover your medical expenses. Do not hesitate to reach out to Cohen & Cohen, P.C. and we will happily set you up with a car accident lawyer on our team.