Car accidents are becoming more and more inevitable, with a cavalry of under-trained and distracted drivers on the road and poor infrastructure. Driver Knowledge compiled a number of statistics on the state of car accidents in the United States. Here are a few statistics that will blow your mind:
- Each year, more than 6 million car accidents take place in the United States of America.
- Each day, over 90 people die of car accidents and injuries resulting thereof alone.
- Around 2 million drivers who meet with car accidents are left with permanent injuries each year.
- 6% of car crashes lead to deaths, and 27% of them lead to injuries.
These numbers may seem scary, but they are only rising with every passing year. To help you deal with car accidents and injuries arising due to it in the most effective manner, we have compiled all of the important resources that you would need in the following sections:
Initial response: Right off the bat, if you have been in a car accident, call 911 and report the incident however big or small. Be sure to specify where you are and if you are injured, ask the emergency responders to send help. FindLaw has compiled a quick read to know what should your immediate first steps be. If it is at all possible, try to immediately gather the contact information of any witnesses around, since their account of the incident would be helpful in the event of a lawsuit.
Injuries are common in case of car accidents. Your near and dear ones must be able to understand what kind of an injury it is and how to deal with it – medically and legally. The Advocates’ guide on the different types of injuries can be particularly helpful in such a situation. It is important to note that you must never neglect any injury however big or small. Immediate attention and care must be given to minimize any risks.
If you have been seriously injured in an accident and believe your injuries will have a long-term effect on your life, you should consult with a personal injury attorney immediately. If you were in a car accident and the at-fault driver was uninsured or underinsured, you can hire a personal injury attorney immediately. Kisling, Nestico and Redrick have prepared this guide on all that you need to know about hiring a personal injury lawyer and how the litigation would take place.
In the event that you decide to proceed with a lawsuit to claim the amount of damages, you need to be able to calculate the actual amount of the compensation that you deserve for damages to property and people, as well as the current value of losses that would not have arisen had the incident not occurred. Naqvi Law has developed this guide on calculating lost earning capacity in a car accident claim.
Apart from these, there may be a few other instances and situations that have not been covered in these resources. For this, AllLaw’s complete guide to car accident and person injury lawsuits can be of help.