Car crashes happen every day in America. The majority of those crashes involve only a single vehicle (58%), but they still maim and take lives. With nearly 40,000 people dying in crashes annually, it’s important to understand why these crashes are happening and what can be done to prevent them.
Here are three facts about crashes and what is most likely to cause them:
1. Most crashes happen close to home
Most crashes happen close to home. Why? People feel more comfortable with their surroundings, may stop paying as much attention and may speed up to try to reach their destination.
2. Alcohol plays a major role in collisions
Even though it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or higher (less in some states), people still do it. It’s believed that someone will die in an alcohol-impaired crash once every 50 minutes.
2. Auto accidents are a leading cause of death
Auto crashes are a leading cause of death for most age groups. In 2019, at least 38,800 people were killed in the United States because of collisions.
You deserve support after a collision
Getting into a car accident puts you in a difficult position. You may have serious injuries that could lead to lasting disability, pain and suffering. You may have financial concerns and be worried about how this will impact your family.
It’s important to take steps to get the care you need and seek the compensation you deserve. As a victim, you need to assert your rights and make sure that you receive the money you need to cover your medical care, lost wages and other financial losses.