Auto accident lawsuits can be filed when you or a loved one is seriously injured in a car accident caused by another person's negligence or reckless conduct. When someone is killed in the auto accident, certain family members may have a claim for wrongful death.
Car accidents happen so suddenly and dramatically that a person can go into shock even if physical injuries are relatively mild. Shock is an injury in itself a systemic injury and requires prompt treatment.
More 115 people die in highway accidents in the U.S each day, on average. In your lifetime, you will likely be involved in at least one automobile accident. More than a quarter of all Americans have been involved in an auto accident in the last five years.
Auto Accident Statistics.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, of the 3 million people that were injured in motor vehicle accidents in a recent year:
- 41,300 died (40% were alcohol related, 63% were attributed to improper use of seat belts)
- 2,600 children under the age of 15 were killed
- 7,500 young drivers (16-20) were involved in fatal crashes
- 3,000 motorcyclists were killed
- 4,700 pedestrians were killed
What To Do After an Auto Accident.
With automobile accidents being so common, it is important to know what to do in case of an accident. Here’s some advice:
- Get medical attention – you should be evaluated by a physician even if you don’t feel pain at the time. Adrenaline can mask pain and some injuries are not immediately apparent.
- Contact the authorities – the police report may become evidence in your lawsuit.
- Obtain contact information – obtain contact information of all parties who were involved in or witnessed the automobile accident. This information could prove useful to your automobile accident lawyer.
- Obtain vehicle information – vehicle information should include make, model, year, license plate number, vehicle identification number (VIN), insurance company and policy number and driver’s license number for all vehicles involved
- Take pictures – if you have access to a camera, the photographic evidence you could provide may be helpful to the accident reconstruction expert and may get your insurance claim processed more quickly
Automobile accident injuries are often serious and commonly include whiplash, joint, bone, and muscle injuries, head and brain injury, and paralysis. Damages sought after auto accidents can include the cost of medical treatment, loss of property, loss of wages, pain and suffering, and mental anguish. Claims are often handled through the insurance companies and are settled quickly. We advise you to get more information on No Fault Auto Insurance. Cases involving personal injury or extensive property damage, however, often lead to lawsuits.
If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries as the result of an automobile accident, we advise you to retain an attorney experienced in automobile accident lawsuits.
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