Statistically, the average American driver will be involved in an accident every 18 years, approximately three to four accidents over the course of a lifetime. Having a top attorney to handle your claim will provide you protection from the devastating consequences that can come from even minor collisions. Our attorneys know the laws and how best to proceed making sure that you do not become another statistic. People who hire an attorney to handle their car accident claims typically have a higher settlement amount, get better care and are able to move forward with their lives more quickly than people who try and handle a claim on their own.
Whether you were hit by someone, or if the accident was your fault, having a professional personal injury attorney will ensure that you are not taken advantage of by the insurance companies. All states require that drivers have minimum levels of insurance coverage, but often, low cost policies leave you open to being sued. The consequences of a car accident can be detrimental, costly and nearly impossible to move forward from, even when the damage is relatively minor. The laws involved in car accident cases are extremely complex and can be difficult to interpret, leaving you unprotected. If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident, do not delay contacting our top personal injury attorneys.
Forbes Magazine, quoting data from the Insurance Research Council, reports that the average car accident costs more than $23,000. While today’s vehicles are safer than at any time in history, the U.S. saw an increase of six percent in fatal car accidents in 2015 and a 14 percent increase in 2014 according to data from the National Safety Council. They note that this is the largest two year increase since 1964. While only about one in every 1,000 car accidents are fatal, more than 40,000 people die each year due to car accidents. Car accidents cost the United States about $230 billion each year, the Association for Safe International Road Travel claims.
There are many things you can do to reduce the likelihood of being at fault in a car accident. Among the most common causes of car accidents in the United States, distracted driving continues to climb each year. The National Safety Council states that one of every four car accidents are caused by drivers using cell phones or texting while driving. A five second glance at a text or email while driving at 55 miles per hour is the same as closing your eyes and driving the length of a football field. Distracted driving is not just the use of cell phones, either. Todays cars often have impressive infotainment features like touch screens to control various functions. While this technology is fun, the distraction it creates causes accidents.
Younger drivers have a bad rap for poor driving habits, and for good reason. New drivers have less experience and are also more likely to take risks than older, more experienced drivers. Graduated licensing requirements, such as restrictions on nighttime driving and carrying underage passengers, have helped to reduce the number of teens involved in fatal car accidents, but male drivers between the age of 16 and 19 are still three times more likely to be killed than drivers over the age of 20 according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Use of alcohol, drugs and prescription medication continues to be one of the leading causes of car accidents in the United States, and is disproportionally involved in fatal accidents. Most states have laws intended to prosecute “buzzed” driving, or drivers who have been drinking, but are not above the 0.08 percent blood-alcohol content threshold for a driving under the influence arrest. Do yourself a favor, if you have been drinking, don’t drive. As more states decriminalize marijuana, increases in marijuana-related accidents are increasing. Medications, particularly opiod pain killers, are an increasing cause of accidents.
Despite laws requiring the use of seat belts by all occupants of vehicles in the United States, some 48 percent of fatalities and the majority of serious injuries occur to persons not wearing seat belts. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that buckling up provides a 50 percent reduced risk of moderate to severe injury in a passenger car, and about a 65 percent reduction while driving or riding in a pick up truck.
Driving at night, what Forbes.com refers to as the “vampire hours,” between midnight and 3 a.m., continues to be the most deadly time to drive. Sixty-six percent of accidents at this time of day involve impaired driving. Nationally, July 4 is the most dangerous day to drive. More car accidents are reported on clear, pleasant days than during stormy weather.
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