There are different types of cases that a personal injury law firm may choose to handle. This includes car accidents, truck accidents, construction accidents, and various types of workplace injuries. While some of these cases may go to trial, 95% to 96% are settled out of court.
Whether you’re driving your own car, taking a walk, or otherwise watching vehicles pass by, there’s a good chance you’ve seen several people on their cell phones or using electronic devices. Since they aren’t focusing on the task at hand, this can potentially lead to their being in or causing an accident.
Even though the percentage of this type of distracted driving did slightly decrease from 3.8% in 2015 to 3.3% in 2016, it continues to be an issue. While any decrease is a positive step in the right direction, .5% is not nearly enough.
Global and National Road Crashes
Young adults between the ages of 15 to 44 account for more than half of all the road crashes that occur on a global basis. The Association for Safe International Road Travel reported that more than 37,000 United States residents lose their lives in road crashes every year. In 2015, for example, an estimated 32,166 motor vehicle crashes were fatal, which may have included truck accidents as well.
Pedestrian Injuries and Deaths
While some streets and sidewalks may provide pedestrian crossings, lights, and other clearly defined places to cross, others do not. Even when these supposedly safe crossings are clearly delineated and pedestrians use common sense, they may still be struck by a car or another vehicle while crossing. Pedestrians can also be injured when truck accidents or car accidents occur in their proximity.
Some older adults are obviously more vulnerable than others. During 2015, for example, 13% of the pedestrian injuries were sustained by adults over 65. When considering the percentage of pedestrian deaths that occurred within the same year, 19% of the people that lost their lives were older adults.
Schedule a Consultation
When you schedule a consultation with an attorney, you will be able to discuss your case in detail. If the attorney believes you have a solid case, there’s a good chance that they will represent you. If required, your personal injury lawyer will gather additional information that applies to your case and assist you throughout this process. Since this is a challenging time on so many levels, remember that most of these types of cases are settled out of court, so it’s unlikely that you’ll need to go to trial.