Car Accident Related Injuries
Each year, a myriad of car related accidents happen throughout the United States causing injury and even death. In the United States, it was estimated that 2.24 million individuals were injured at the hands of some kind of auto accident for the year 2010. The state of Washington has experienced a decrease in their percentage of car collisions, but still reported nearly 12,000 incidents in 2010 according to Seattle's Department of Transportation.
Types of Injuries
Innocent individuals fall victim to car accidents each day which can result in minor wounds as well as life-changing injuries. In more serious cases, there may be instances of wrongful death. A few of the most common ways individuals can experience harm include:
- Burn damage;
- Fractured bones;
- Internal organ damage;
- Brain damage;
- Spinal cord injuries; and
- Abrasions, cuts or bruising.
Other injuries may be caused by other factors within the actual vehicular collision that could result in hospitalization, physical therapy, intensive treatment, reconstructive surgery and other invasive procedures. Either way, the effects are unpleasant and may cause not only physical damage, but additionally it can cost extensive time and money. Emotionally speaking, it can be extremely traumatic and may even require therapy sessions if serious shock was caused by individuals seeing horrific images during the accident.
Common Causes of Accidents
Traffic related injuries and fatalities are often a result of carelessness on the part of one or both parties driving on the road. Typically individuals feel that they are invincible when on the road and can take part in activities that unsafe, putting other people's lives in danger.
Texting and Driving
One of the most recent causes of collisions on the street is from texting and driving. People do not realize that taking their eyes of the road for just 4 seconds means that they have taken their attention away from the road for a few hundred feet. In just a short span of time, drivers can completely cross over the middle of roadways or fail to stop at an intersection. The ramifications of these kinds of mistakes could be detrimental and life-altering for any innocent victims involved.
One of the most common causes of vehicle accidents is due to the large amount of drinking and driving that occurs throughout the nation. When individuals get behind the wheel after a few alcoholic beverages, it causes their reflexes to slow, impairs their judgment and alters their reaction time. The effects of this type of behavior can mean that they overcompensate distances, brake suddenly or fail to brake at all, and swerve over the road.
Those affected are most often the drivers who are following the laws that are hit by drunk drivers. Horrific injuries have resulted from reckless individuals under the influence of various substances who take to driving in their car irresponsibly. If you or a loved one has fallen prey to this kind of accident, get in contact with an attorney as soon as possible to discover what can be done to seek compensation.
There are many other reasons why an individual may become involved in a collision due to the negligence of others. It is important to be aware of the possible issues you can encounter on the road in order to know if your particular situation warrants a personal injury claim. The following reasons are all contributing factors to the large number of auto accidents the U.S. experiences each year:
- Driving too fast
- Distracted driving
- Car parts that are defective
- Use of a cell phone while driving
- Reckless driving habits
- Fatigue and drowsy driving
- Drivers who are inexperienced
- Hazardous weather conditions
Experienced Seattle Car Accident Lawyer
With extensive legal knowledge, Ward Smith, PLLC seeks to offer their clients quality legal representation in every area of personal injury law. Our legal team is knowledgeable on how insurance companies work with claims and how we can fight to get you the greatest compensation possible. We will work to try and settle your case in the most efficient way possible, but if necessary we will go to court with your case, providing aggressive legal representation throughout the entire process. Conducting thorough investigations and collecting appropriate evidence, it is always our goal to conduct a solid case to get you the results you desire. Contact our office!