Car Accident Statistics
Any New Jersey automobile accident lawyer will tell you that year after year, there are millions of motor vehicle accidents in the United States—approximately one every three seconds, according to Census Bureau statistics. Chances are that if you’ve been driving for a substantial number of years, you have either already been involved in a vehicle accident or, at the very least, had a close call. Happily, the occurrence of deaths from vehicle accidents is comparatively rare.
Individuals should keep in mind, though, that the fatality statistics really play down the incredible, long-lasting effects that automobile accidents can have, even when the accident does not claim a person’s life. As a matter of fact, automobile accidents are the top cause of both spinal cord and brain injuries, both of which can lead to permanent pain and disability. Even minor accidents can impact an individual greatly, especially in terms of the increased financial obligations that will stem from all of the medical bills, lost wages, and property damage associated with the accident.
Given the types of cases that a New Jersey automobile accident lawyer will encounter on a regular basis, it should not be surprising to find out that a large number of these “accidents” could have been prevented in the first place. Some of the leading causes of automobile accidents include speeding, driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and distracted driving (such as from texting or talking on a cell phones). When individuals get behind the wheel and drive recklessly, they have made a conscious choice to do so; and negligent drivers should be held accountable for their actions.
In cases such as those, the driver is clearly at fault and it should not be hard for your New Jersey automobile accident lawyer to prove the driver’s negligence; however, in other instances, the accident might be your fault in part, which will decrease your settlement value.
All automobile accident cases are different, but a car accident lawyer knows how to handle the array of legal issues stemming from your case, and he or she might be able to get you a favorable settlement or jury award. If you would like to speak with a New Jersey automobile accident lawyer about your options, please call the Clark Law Firm, PC at 877-841-8855 for a free consultation, or fill out the form on this page.