According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every 15 minutes, someone dies in a car crash on the roads in the United States. In 2010, 32,885 people died in motor vehicle crashes in the U.S.; more than 10,000 died due to the result of alcohol impaired drivers; and more than 2.6 million drivers and passengers were treated in emergency departments after being part of a car crash.
Auto accidents can result in very serious injuries that can require ongoing care, and could even cause permanent disability or even death. As a result, victims of car accidents may be eligible for significant monetary compensation for their injuries. While these awards can never make a person whole, they can certainly help with medical expenses, lost wages, compensating for pain and suffering, or helping ease the burden of caring for a loved one.
Ideally, the best thing to do would be to prevent car accidents before they occur, and the CDC has specific suggestions to help reduce the incidence of car accidents. Some of the suggestions made by the CDC include:
- States adopt strong graduated licensing policies, which the CDC claims could reduce the number of 16-year-olds involved in fatal crashes by 20 percent.
- Eradicating drunk drivers; the CDC suggests that if all drivers in the U.S. had a BAC of .08% or less, 7,000 lives would have been saved in 2010.
- More seat belt and child safety seat use: the CDC data indicates that seat belts and child safety seats saved 13,000 lives.
Contact a Coweta County Auto Accident Attorney for a Consultation
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, you may be entitled to substantial compensation for your injuries. In order to determine whether you have a case, you should consult with an experienced Coweta County car accident attorney as soon as possible. Cases involving personal injury have to be brought within a certain period of time, and delaying bringing a case may result in the loss or destruction of evidence or the fading of witness memories. As a result, it best to determine whether you have a claim as soon as possible after an incident. To schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced Coweta County car accident attorney, call the Law Offices of Shane Smith at (770) 487-8999 today.