Car accidents happen every day. In fact, millions of car accidents occur across the United States every single year. In 2009 alone, there were more than 5.5 million accidents reported to the police. Over 2.2 million people were injured in these collisions and 33,808 people lost their lives (according to statistics presented by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration).
Most car accidents are caused by errors or negligence on the part of a driver. For example, approximately one in three fatal car accidents involves a driver who had a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or greater (above the legal limit to operate a motor vehicle) at the time of the collision. Drunk driving, speeding and distracted driving are among the most common causes of car accidents related to driving behavior. Some additional causes of collisions include heavy weather, poor road conditions and defective automobile parts, although these are less common.
When a serious car accident occurs, it may leave a victim to deal with physical injuries as well as financial difficulties caused by missed work and a mountain of medical bills. Fortunately a car accident victim may be able to seek monetary compensation for his or her injuries. This may be accomplished through an insurance claim, by way of a personal injury lawsuit or a combination of the two. The manner in which a victim can seek compensation will vary depending on the state in which the accident occurred.
Injured in a car accident? It may be time to get legal help.
A serious car accident may leave a victim suffering from whiplash, broken bones, facial injuries, internal organ damage, back injuries and even amputation or severe burns. These injuries may have a profound impact on the victim and his or her life. Accordingly, it is important to seek financial compensation that will cover medical expenses, lost earnings, continued medical care and any other expenses or losses the victim is dealing with. An attorney can help a victim seek fair compensation.
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