Unfortunately, car accidents are all too common in the United States. When someone has been involved in an accident and sustained a car accident injury, it’s important to contact a car accident attorney for legal advice and counsel. In the case that this accident has resulted in death, it’s important to contact a wrongful death attorney.
Causes of Car Accidents
While there are multiple causes for car accidents, The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Auto Vantage auto club reported that aggressive driving is linked to 66% of fatal vehicle accidents. From 2003 to 2007, for example, 55.7% of these fatal crashes resulted from either 1 or more drivers being described as committing a potentially aggressive action.
Furthermore, the “2008 AAA Foundation Traffic Safety Culture Index” reported that over 78% of these accidents that occurred were caused by aggressive drivers. These individuals are considered to pose “serious or extremely serious” safety issues, according to this report. It’s likely that a large percentage of these drivers were also operating their vehicle while intoxicated or under the influence of other substances.
Car Accident Fatality Statistics
There were 192,069 fatal car crashes that occurred in the United States between 2003 and 2007. When considering the prevalence of aggressive or potentially aggressive drivers, it’s possible that a large percentage of these accidents could have been prevented.
More recently in 2013, 2 out of every 5 fatal work injuries resulted from transportation-based accidents. Commercial trucking accidents tend to be included within this category.
The Economic Repercussions of Car Accidents
There are, of course, serious economic repercussions that result from car accidents in the United States. In 2010, for instance, these costs amounted to $242 billion. Property damage costs were $76.1 billion during that year, and these comprised 31% of the total economic costs.
Contact an Attorney for More Information
When someone has sustained a car accident injury or has died as a result of being in a workplace transportation or traffic accident, an attorney can review the details of the case. Furthermore, they can also conduct interviews with bystanders and other witnesses as well as review traffic cams, police reports, and other information relevant to the case.