In 2012, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention recorded an approximate of 2.5 million Americans, belonging to different age groups, who were involved in vehicular accidents. This translates to roughly 7,000 people coming in to emergency rooms all over the country on a daily basis. These accidents do not only cost victims, but the health care system and society in general, as well. The principal deputy director of CDC, Ileana Arias stated, “We need to do more to keep people safe and reduce crash injuries and medical costs.”
Causes of Car Accidents
Car accidents often stem from the fault of at least one driver on the road. The main causes include speeding, reckless driving, disregard of stoplights, and distracted driving (e.g. using mobile phones while driving). Moreover, driver exhaustion is becoming one of the prime reasons for car accidents, often involving sleep-deprived drivers, especially those coming from work, or have been on the road for an excessive number of hours. On the other hand, driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs is often associated with accidents involving teens and young adults.
Car accidents may result in injuries, some of which may be critical or even fatal. These injuries include those in the brain and head, neck, back, face; and even psychological injuries (e.g. traumatic stress disorder). For crashes with extreme impact, the worst things a person could suffer include traumatic brain injury, possible damages in the neck and back discs, dislocation of the jaw, and dental problems.
For all car crash injuries, medical treatment must be sought immediately. New York drivers who are not at fault, their passengers, or their families, should then get help from a knowledgeable Brooklyn personal injury lawyer. New York is a no-fault state, which means that the driver’s insurance company is liable to pay for injuries incurred in an accident, regardless of fault. However, the law also allows for personal injury suits if “serious injury” is involved. A bone fracture, significant disfigurement, permanent or significant impairment of an organ or a bodily function, and others could constitute “serious injury”.
An excellent Brooklyn injury lawyer like one from The Law Offices of Joseph Lichtenstein will help determine if an injury falls under the “serious injury” category, allowing the victim to seek compensation from the driver at fault. Evaluation of each case is essential in determining the amount of compensation to be sought, which would include medical coverage, extreme vehicular damages, and others. The lawyer’s skill will also be important in establishing the fault of the other driver, and proving it before the right body.
(Source: Car Accidents Send 2.5 Million Americans To The Emergency Room Every Year, ThinkProgress.org, October 10, 2014)