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Motor vehicle accidents/car accidents are the leading cause of brain and spinal cord injury in the United States , accounting for approximately 60% of traumatic brain injuries.

Auto Accidents

Auto accidents on our nation's roadways are a serious threat to the traveling public and are the leading cause of death for those under the age of thirty-four. Annually, over 40,000 people are killed in approximately five million motor vehicle accidents, many involving teen car accidents. In 2002, there were an estimated 6,316,000 car accidents in the USA . There were about 2.9 million injuries, and 42,815 people were killed in auto accidents in 2002. That equates to over 115 fatalities per day. The economic cost of these accidents is estimated to be over $150 billion per year. Unfortunately, during your lifetime you are likely to be involved in at least one auto accident. You should know what to do in order to protect yourself and your legal rights.

Automobile accidents occur on a large scale every day. The impact a car accident can have on someone can be tremendous. Even in simple fender bender car accidents, an individual involved can suffer back and neck injuries that have a lasting adverse effect. It is advised to contact both a car accident attorney and a physician following a car accident. Injuries sustained from a car accident, no matter how minor, can later end up causing aggravated pain and medical costs.

With auto accident statistics on the rise, and the nature of accident-related injuries growing more serious, car accidents are often the subject of personal injury lawsuits and litigation. Most of these accidents are caused by simple driver error, often attributed to a lack of attention being paid to the road, traffic and surrounding conditions.

When people sustain serious injuries as a result of motor vehicle accidents, it can be devastating. They often wonder who is going to pay their medical bills and how will they support their families during the time they are recovering.

After a car accident, gather all necessary information involving all car accident drivers and passengers and refrain from making any type of statement or signing any papers without first consulting with a car accident attorney. Anything said at the time of the car accident can be used against you and disqualify potential car accident compensation. Make sure you understand your car accident legal rights and options.

Car accident attorneys understand the complexities that car accidents entail, including both legal and insurance matters. Determining who is at fault for a car accident can be difficult due to the many factors a car accident can involve. A car accident attorney has resources to quickly and effectively determine who the liable parties are. Even if someone involved in a car accident thinks that they are partly at fault for the car accident, they may still be able to collect damages.

An experienced auto accident lawyer can ensure that you receive maximum damages both for your injuries and any other losses, which can include:

  • Pain and Suffering
  • Compensation for psychological damage
  • Loss of past and future income
  • Medical expenses for the past and for the future
  • Assistance for the future
  • Loss of amenities of life
  • Damage to your car or personal property

Wrongful Death Auto Accident Lawsuit

When wrongful death lawsuits arise as a result of reckless, careless, or negligent driving, the family may often be so traumatized they fail to pursue any legal action. Contrary to popular belief, promulgated by insurance companies, many people who suffer the death of a family member in an auto accident never file a claim or lawsuit. The family is often so overwhelmed that any legal action is out of the question, because no lawsuit or amount of money is going to bring the deceased back.

While understandable, the decision to forego legal action means that the family and survivors are deprived of the income lost and a sense of what many victims call closure, or justice. Often a family member will seek out a lawyer many months or years after the loss, only to find out that evidence has been lost, insurance adjusters are reluctant to open old claims, legal deadlines have elapsed etc. Indeed, one of the most common causes of our lawyers rejecting a claim is that it is too old. Thus, it is advisable to contact counsel as soon as possible after a fatal accident.

Although every state has different laws, fatal auto accident claims all share several common features:

1) The death means that there will be police involvement and records that need to be secured right away.
2) In all likelihood one of the operators will be found at fault; an accident cause will be found.
3) The severity of the loss will trigger an aggressive response by insurers to protect themselves from any liability.
4) The case will, as with any claim over one million dollars, require the help of an attorney experienced with complex injury litigation. The attorney will need to hire an independent expert in accident reconstruction to establish the cause of the death.

Wrongful Death Auto Accident - Claims and Causes

The wrongful death claim must have two main features in order to succeed.

1) The accident must have been caused by someone else (driver of deceased car, another vehicle etc.) who acted negligently usually through bad driving, in some claims this will mean the auto maker who designed a vehicle poorly, such as an SUV with a defective design.

2) There must be adequate insurance or assets to provide the basis of a recoverable legal claim. Many, many fatal car accidents that are the result of bad driving remain uncompensated because there is no money to compensate the victim's family. Many cars are under insured with small policies ranging from $10,000 to $30,000. An attorney will know how and where to look for available insurance or assets using investigators and asset searches. Often times trucking insurance, homeowner's policies, or business insurance may be available to compensate the family millions of dollars.

After a car accident, gather all necessary information involving all car accident drivers and passengers and refrain from making any type of statement or signing any papers without first consulting with a car accident attorney. Anything said at the time of the car accident can be used against you and disqualify potential car accident compensation. Make sure you understand your car accident legal rights and options.

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