If you live in a large city such as Los Angeles you have no doubt noticed that the number of vehicles on our roads is increasing constantly. As a result, auto accidents have risen dramatically as well. The latest statistics show that nearly 40,000 people in the United States die each year from car crashes.
Here are some more general stats: 6 million car accidents happen every year and more than 3 million suffer injuries from these accidents. To top it off nearly 2 million of these auto accident injuries have permanent or lifelong effects on the victims. These injuries can not only be physical but emotionally damaging as well. With large medical bills and sometimes the burden of lost loved ones it’s important for victims to get to hire an experienced auto accident attorney.
Still, even with this increase of car accidents, traffic accident fatalities themselves have declined over the last few years. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), there were 37,261 traffic accident fatalities in 2008. The fatality number was down from 41,259 deaths in 2007. Drivers accounted for 19,220 fatalities in 2008 and passengers accounted for 7,397 deaths. Unfortunately, numbers show that 23 percent of all traffic accident fatalities are caused by drunk drivers.
If you live in California you no doubt have seen the movements against distracted driving. The federal government has released disturbing distracted driving stats, especially those to do with the use of cell phones and texting. According to the NHTSA, about 6,000 people died in 2008 as a result of car accidents involving distracted drivers. But, more than 500,000 people were injured in distracted driving caused auto accidents in the same year.
Those most affected by distracted driving are inexperienced drivers under 20 years of age. They have the highest proportion of distraction-related fatal car accidents. Drivers who use hand-held devices (like cell phones) are four times more likely to get into auto accidents resulting in injuries, according to statistics provided by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
It’s a fact everyone knows, car accidents can cause serious injuries and fatalities. If you have been in a serious car accident you can seek compensation to cover your injuries, damages and losses. Whether your auto accident involved a drunk, distracted or otherwise negligent driver it is very important that you contact an experienced car accident attorney immediately to find out more information about how to pursue your rights.
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