Every single year, upwards of 6 million motor vehicle collisions occur throughout the United States. Approximately 50% of those car accidents result in injuries of some kind. Statistics compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) state that 90 people die every day in car accidents throughout the United States. While some car accidents occur when all drivers involved are operating their vehicles safely, many of these collisions are the direct result of driver negligence. Below we will examine some of the most common forms of driver negligence, and how you should react if you or a loved one are injured in a motor vehicle collision.
Negligence Leading to Collisions
Some experts claim that car accidents are simply an unavoidable aspect of our lives, but studies suggest otherwise. A massive percentage of car accidents throughout the United States are the direct result of reckless actions or negligence.
The most common and easily proven form of negligence in the United States remains drinking and driving. Despite the positive work of initiatives to discourage inebriation behind the wheel, drunk driving kills more than 10,000 Americans each and every year. Fortunately for families impacted by the negligence of a drunk driver, the legal process can be fairly straightforward. After law enforcement officials respond to the collision, the negligent party will likely be breathalyzed if they are displaying signs of inebriation. Through police testimony, securing significant injury or wrongful death compensation should not be overly challenging.
In other instances, an entirely sober driver can simply make a bad decision that results in injury to another party. With the rise in cellphone use over the past few years, distracted driving has become one of the leading causes of motor vehicle collisions in the United States. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 2,841 Americans were killed by distracted drivers, throughout 2018 alone. Other common forms of negligence include speeding, drowsy driving, and aggressive driving. If you or a family member are injured in a car accident, it is critically important to speak with your attorney regarding any possible driver negligence you may have witnessed.
Contact an Aurora Car Accident Attorney
At Kinnally Flaherty Krentz Loran Hodge & Mazur, P.C., our firm understands the ramifications of a serious car accident. Medical bills can be incredibly expensive, and loss of work hours for an injured provider can jeopardize a family’s financial health. Fortunately, our firm is dedicated to ensuring that our clients receive the compensation they need after the tragedy of a car accident. To schedule a free consultation with a knowledgeable DuPage County personal injury attorney, call us today at 630-907-0909.