While some traffic accidents are minor, resulting in no injuries or fatalities, this is not always the case. There are times when at least one person is seriously injured or killed.
Certain Populations are at an Increased Risk
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, some groups are more likely to be involved in accidents than others. Here are a few key takeaways from the agency:
- More than 4,000 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents in 2010. This was a four % increase over 2009.
- In 2011, approximately 69,000 pedestrians were injured. Of these, 65 % were male. Furthermore, 11,000 were age 14 or younger.
- In 2009, 16% of all traffic accident deaths in the United States involved a person age 65 or older.
- On average, a pedestrian is injured every 88 minutes.
- As recent as 2019, pedestrian injuries have increased by as much as 53%.
- Over 250,000 elderly drivers were injured in 2018 due to a car accident.
- Over 800 people are injured, or worse, daily due to drinking and driving.
Statistics show that pedestrians are at an increased risk of experiencing significant injuries following an accident. Elderly drivers tend to be involved in more car accidents that lead to injuries. Drivers who drive under the influence are more likely to be in an accident. These statistics also show that it is not only the driver that is affected when an accident occurs.
When a car accident happens, it also harms other drivers on the road, as well as any passengers in the vehicles. This means that you can do everything right, and still, be injured.
Most Common Injuries Following a Car Accident
Whether you are a pedestrian hit by a vehicle or a passenger in a vehicle, a car accident can lead to significant, life-changing injuries. Even somewhat minor car accidents can lead to broken bones or internal bleeding. The sudden impact of the vehicle can also cause a traumatic brain injury or painful back or neck injuries.
These types of injuries will likely require immediate medical care. In addition to that, you may need ongoing medical care or even rehabilitation. While you are recovering, and even after, you may find it difficult to return to work. We understand the many ways in which a car accident can affect your life, and we work to get our clients the compensation they need to recover.
Protect Your Rights Following a Car Accident
This does not mean certain groups should avoid being a pedestrian or a driver. However, it does show that some are at greater risk of injury or death than others.
In addition to being aware on the road at all times, it is also important to know your rights. If an accident happens, if somebody is injured or killed, it may make sense to consult with an attorney. This is the best way for the victim and/or their loved ones to learn more about their legal rights. If another driver caused the accident, and your injuries, you may have legal options available.