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Last updated: 2/7/2013
Causes of accidents
Auto accidents are caused by a large variety of factors: car, road as well as driver related. Poorly maintained vehicles can malfunction and hence become uncontrollable due to mechanical or electronic failures. Improper road conditions or traffic signals that do not work or temporarily out of order can be contributing factors of accidents. However, by far the majority of the causes are driver related: reckless driving, speeding, tailgating, mobile phone usage (text messaging), lack of concentration, driver fatigue, and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Some alarming numbers: there are more than six million car accidents each year in the United States; the leading cause of death for individuals between 2 and 34 years old is motor vehicle crashes; car accidents are the leading cause of death for children between 2 and 14 and about 2,000 children die each year from injuries caused by car accidents; each year, almost 250,000 children are injured in car crashes, meaning nearly 700 kids are harmed every day. The US Census Bureau provides a detailed statistics.
Life after a car accident tends to become more painful than the accident itself; job loss, unemployment, reduced income, disability, and various forms of injuries become the fact of life. Typical injuries caused by car accidents are: open and closed head injury, concussion, traumatic brain injury, neck pain - whiplash, lower back pain, sprain and strains, headaches, numbness, dizziness and vertigo, broken bones, burns and scars, muscle and joint injuries, etc.
What shall I do in case of an accident?
Call the police and seek medical attention; get the details (name, address, insurance information, etc) of the other driver and those of the witnesses; contact your insurance company and give them all the information about the accident you have available; take photos of the scene of the accident, the vehicles, the properties that got damaged, and the surrounding area; call your attorney, especially if you are seriously injured.
What mistakes shall I avoid?
Do not move your vehicle, unless asked by the police; do not leave the scene until instructed by law enforcement; do not discard any document or anything that can be used as evidence, for example, defective products; do not apologize and get engaged in any discussion regarding who is at fault; do not agree to any settlement without consulting with an attorney; and do not sign any document or give a statement.
How to prevent an accident?
Lots of things can be done to prevent auto accidents or minimize their occurrence: regular car maintenance, regular eye exams, do not drink when you drive, do not drive when taking medications that make you drowsy, drive within the speed limit, exercise defensive driving, for example, when approaching an intersection look both ways even if you have the green light, drive extra carefully at night, wear your seatbelt, never tailgate, and most importantly, never allow yourself to be distracted by phone calls, text messaging or web surfing.
Some legal advise
When it comes to car accidents, an auto accident lawyer can help prove liability by showing evidence and speaking to witnesses. They can help with guaranteeing proper medical care for your injuries. Our auto accident lawyers understand the law and can help you document your injuries to get the settlement you deserve.
An auto accident lawyer handles auto accident cases that are the results of cars colliding with other vehicles, property, pedestrians, animals, or other obstacles such as road debris. An auto accident is an unintended and undesirable event during which a person, the driver, the passengers or innocent bystanders, become injured. A number of incidents are small collisions, however, at times they lead to serious injury, disability and in many cases death.
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