More than 35,000 Fatal Car Accidents Every Year
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2012 there were nearly 10 million vehicles involved in traffic accidents which were reported to the police, and off these 96 percent were passenger vehicles. Of those accidents, 35,346 car crashes were fatal, and over 21,000 people lost their lives in a passenger car.
Car accidents can take many forms but one of the most dangerous is a side impact collision. If a car is hit in the side by another vehicle, those in the car which has been hit have a much greater chance of injury or death than the occupants of the other vehicle. In fact, the National Safety Council states that side impact crashes are second only to head on collisions with regard to serious injuries and fatalities.
When a car is hit in the side, the driver is swiftly and violently tossed around the car and although seat belts may help, the force is often too severe for the body to cope. The leads to injuries such as fractures, damage to internal organs or death. In addition, the car may be pushed into another object by the force of the impact, such as a pole, a bridge or another vehicle.
Many side impact collisions happen at intersections when one car fails to yield, fails to stop or runs a red light. They can also occur when a vehicle turns across traffic or does not gauge oncoming traffic when turning right at an intersection.
Kaitlynn E. Fisher, aged 24, was killed in a side on collision in Baltimore in June 2010. She was driving her Honda Insight north and crossing an intersection when she was struck on the driver’s side by a Ford Explorer which was heading east. The Honda was pushed into a light pole and Fisher died a short time later. The driver of the Ford Explorer was not injured. The outcome of the case depended on whether Fisher had contributed to the accident by running a red light. The jury found in her family’s favor and they were awarded $760,000.
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