It is no secret that individuals run the risk of becoming involved in a potentially devastating traffic accident by simply traveling on or alongside today’s busy roadways. During the year 2008 alone, there were 34,017 fatal traffic crashes reported throughout the United States, according to information provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) Encyclopedia. To further break down those staggering statistics, traffic crashes claimed the lives of 19,220 drivers, 7,397 passengers, 5,290 motorcyclists, 4,378 pedestrians and 716 cyclists, with other unspecified fatalities added to the equation as well.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), motor-vehicle accidents were deemed the leading cause of death for teenagers in the U.S., with nine teens, ages 16 to 19, succumbing to accident-related injuries every day during the year 2008. During that same year, 25 percent of drivers, between the ages of 15 and 20, who suffered fatal injuries in traffic accidents had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .008 g/dl or higher at the time.
Additionally, with the use of hand-held technology on the rise, accidents caused by distracted drivers have become increasingly prevalent. Data provided by Distraction.gov indicated 5,870 people, or 16 percent of the total number of accident-induced casualties, lost their lives in accidents caused by driver distraction. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety also reported drivers who use hand-held devices such as cell phones or iPods while driving are four times as likely to get into serious wrecks.
Given that in many cases, traffic accidents tend to be preventable or were unnervingly caused by negligence of another party, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and damages. While your health and recovery should remain a top priority after becoming involved in a serious accident, contacting a personal injury attorney that is both knowledgeable and experienced may help you obtain the reparations you deserve. If you have lost a loved one due to negligence on the roadway, seeking out legal assistance from a wrongful death lawyer may help you recover damages for medical and funeral expenses, future wages as well as pain and suffering.
For assistance finding a knowledgeable auto accident attorney that has experience litigating the personal injury and wrongful death claims of accident victims and their families, please feel free to call (866) 598-1315.
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