While there is no way of knowing what types of injuries a person will sustain in a car accident, there are many factors that contribute to this. These include but are not limited to:
- The types of vehicles that are involved (including the size)
- Whether or not the person was wearing a seat belt
- The type of accident: head-on, side-impact, rollover, etc.
- The speed at which the vehicles were moving
- The position of the occupant at impact
Minor car accident injuries, such as scrapes and bruises, may heal on their own without medical treatment. On the other hand, there are more serious injuries, such as broken bones and head trauma, which require immediate treatment.
As a motor vehicle passenger, the best thing you can to is protect yourself against a potential accident at all times. This means always wearing a seat belt and obeying the rules of the road.
If you are injured in a car accident, it is best to get checked out by a doctor without delay. Even if you feel okay, there is nothing wrong with being examined just to make sure you remain in good health.
Last month, we discussed the dangers of distracted driving. In short, any type of distraction increases the likelihood of being involved in an accident. Subsequently, the chance of injury or death also rises.
The NHTSA continues to do its part in fighting against distracted driving, sharing information and advice with anybody and everybody who takes to the road in a motor vehicle.
Here are three distracted driving stats that continue to worry organizations such as the NHTSA, as well as law enforcement officials throughout the country:
- At any given time during the daylight hours, there are roughly 660,000 drivers in the US using a cell phone or other type of electronic device. With the use of technology on the rise, this number could increase in the future.
- You are three times more likely to be involved in an accident when engaging in visual manual subtasks, such as texting or checking email.
- Drivers in their 20s are responsible for 27 percent of the distracted drivers in fatal accidents.
By sharing stats, the NHTSA hopes to alert people of the dangers of distracted driving.
If a person is injured by a distracted driver, he or she may take the time to meet with a personal injury attorney to learn more about their legal rights.
Regardless of a person’s age, drinking and driving should never be a consideration. Not only does this increase the chance of an accident, but it also puts the driver, passengers, and others on the road at risk of injury or death.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving has shared some interesting underage drinking statistics on its website, including the following:
- Children who begin to drink alcohol at a young age are more likely to be involved in an alcohol related motor vehicle accident.
- Motor vehicle accidents are the number one cause of death among teens. Approximately one quarter of these accidents involve an underage driver who was drinking alcohol.
- Alcohol use in teens leads to 4,700 deaths every year.
When a person decides to drink and drive, they may believe they are in good enough condition to make it to their final destination. Unfortunately, this does not always happen.
If somebody is injured by a drunk driver, regardless of the driver’s age, the victim may wish to consult with us regarding their legal rights.
From one side of the country to the next, there are people who prefer to walk from point A to point B, as opposed to driving or taking public transportation. With the number of pedestrians on the rise, safety among these people has become a big concern.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 4,473 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents in the US in 2012. This is in addition to approximately 76,000 that were injured.
Here is another stat, directly from the CDC, that will open your eyes as to how common pedestrian accidents have become:
“This averages to one crash-related pedestrian death every 2 hours, and a pedestrian injury every 7 minutes. Pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to be killed in a car crash on each trip.”
There are situations in which the pedestrian is at fault for an accident. However, vehicle drivers are responsible in many cases. From drunk driving to distracted driving, there are many acts of negligence that can lead to a pedestrian accident.
Due to the fact that the pedestrian has no protection, when a person is struck by a vehicle it almost always leads to serious injury or death. Anybody who is put in this position may consider learning more about his or her legal rights.
Massachusetts, as well as 30 other states, have banned the use of a guard rail part manufactured by Trinity Industries.
The company’s ET-Plus guardrail end terminal is at the center of an investigation, thanks in large part to its ties to 14 accidents and four deaths.
New Jersey is the latest state to ban use of the guardrail system, with a New Jersey Department of Transportation Official saying:
“The department will continue to work with the Federal Highway Administration on this issue. The NJDOT’s top priority is the safety of motorists on our highways.”
Safety concerns about the part have led these states to ban use until additional testing by federal agencies is completed.
According to a report by the New York Times, the guardrails are to blame for multiple injuries and deaths throughout the country.
This story continues to develop with each passing day, as more and more states ban the guardrail and look into their options for removing the dangerous part (if it comes to that). We will keep you updated in the days and weeks to come.
During the month of October, we published a variety of updates, including news stories, tips, and much more.
One of our favorite pieces detailed the meeting of Steven A. Schwartz with a Japanese delegation. If you have yet to read this story (and review the images), click here to take a closer look.
Here are links to some of our other blog posts from October 2014:
1. The Dangers of Distracted Driving
2. Stats Show Drunk Driving Remains a Big Problem
3. What to do After a Motor Vehicle Accident
We have a lot more to bring you in November, so be sure to check back often!
With the use of technology on the rise, many states fear that distracted driving will become an even bigger problem in the future.
In addition to texting and using a cell phone, there are many other types of distracted driving:
- Adjusting the radio
- Using a GPS system
- Talking with other passengers
- Drinking and/or eating
- Watching a video
These facts from the Official US Government Website for Distracted Driving prove just how dangerous distracted driving has become:
- Approximately 421,000 people were injured and 3,300 people were killed in distraction related motor vehicle accidents in 2012.
- 10 percent of drivers age 20 or younger who were involved in a fatal accident were distracted at the time.
Even if you are paying attention to the road, you never know if those around you are doing the same. Police continue to do their part in cracking down on distracted driving, but there is no way to put a complete end to this problem. If a person is injured in such an accident, they may wish to consult with us regarding their legal rights.
The United States legal system is unique in many ways, with a variety of details that set it apart from those in other parts of the world.
Recently, our own Steven A. Schwartz met with a Japanese delegation from FUNAI SOKEN, a Japanese B2B consulting firm. Several members of the delegation are members of the legal profession, and were interested in meeting an American personal injury lawyer to learn more about their organization and to exchange ideas.
With 25 people in attendance, including many lawyers and consultants, Mr. Schwartz was able to share his legal knowledge, answer questions, and connect with professionals from another part of the world during his two hour presentation.
Below is an excerpt from the thank you letter sent by Funai Consulting, Inc.:
Dear Mr. Steven Schwartz
It was my great pleasure to meet with you on October 9 in Boston. I really appreciate for your presentation and discussions for us. As Mr. Ohashi who was a member of our delegations mentioned that “We are exactly face to face with Mr. Ralph Nader in present”, all of our member were sympathized and impressed by your presentation. What we were impressed is not only the fact that you are the leading law firm in the field of personal Injury, but also your policy and principle to support your clients. We understood that your firm gives first priority of “Client support” rather than profit and gains while you are taking in advanced marketing process.
It is opportunities like this that make our work in the personal injury arena worthwhile!
Despite the best efforts of police, government agencies, and other organizations, drunk driving remains a big problem in the United States.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving has compiled various statistics related to the issue, including the following:
- The average drunk driver has driven under the influence 80 times before being arrested for the first time.
- Every day in the United States 28 people die in a drunk driving related accident.
- Every two minutes in the United States another person is injured in a drunk driving accident.
On top of the potential for injury and death, drunk driving is expensive, costing the United States nearly $200 billion every year.
Even though fewer people are driving drunk, this problem is anything but cured. The statistics above show that this remains an issue on many levels.
Have you been injured in a drunk driving accident? If so, you may wish to consult with us regarding your rights.
Every year, motor vehicle accidents claim the lives of thousands of Americans. On top of this, hundreds of thousands of people are injured.
From the moment you get behind the wheel of your car, there is nothing more important than paying attention to the road and doing whatever you can to stay safe.
Unfortunately, even if you are following the rules of the road and driving in a defensive manner, others around you may not be doing the same.
Here are three of the most common causes of car accidents:
1. Distracted driving. From cell phone use to texting to speaking with passengers, there are many ways a driver can become distracted.
2. Not obeying the law. Speeding and running traffic lights, for example, can both lead to an accident. If more people obeyed the law there would be fewer accidents.
3. Drunk driving. This remains a major problem in the United States, as people continue to drink and drive. When a person has been drinking, the chance of him or her causing an accident is much greater.
Were you involved in a car accident caused by one of the above? If so, and you were the victim, you may be able to collect compensation from the negligent party. Contact us to learn more about your rights.