Have you or someone you know ever been in a car crash? Hopefully, everyone in the vehicle was unharmed. According to the National Traffic Highway Safety Association, or NTHSA, there are approximately five and a half million accidents each year. These accidents injure more than three million Americans and are the cause of death for approximately 40,000. The numbers are much worse for motorcyclists; they are 26 times more likely to be in a fatal crash, per mile traveled. Think a boat is relatively safe? Read below to find out when personal injury attorneys can be of help.
If You Have Car Crash Injuries.
Of the millions of lawsuits undertaken in the U.S. each year, 54.7 million are to settle disputed traffic affairs, outnumbering criminal cases by 34.1 million. Car accident injuries can keep you or your loved ones out of work, and run up costly medical bills. A personal injury claim, when handled professionally, can potentially help cover extra costs that pop up.
Injury may not come when you yourself are in a motor vehicle; every seven minutes in the U.S. it is estimated approximately one pedestrian is hurt. Do yourself a favor and know who to call when you get injured.
If You Were in a Motorcycle Accident.
The numbers for motorcycle crash statistics are not reassuring. In 2012, the NTHSA found in their study of motorcycle crashes that motorcyclists are six times more likely to have a fatal accident than motor vehicle passengers. It might be beneficial to have installed a special type of vehicle camera to use as evidence if you decide to seek a personal injury settlement.
If You Are in a Boating Accident.
Unsurprisingly, alcohol is a major factor in fatal boating accidents, being the main complication in 16% of cases. The size of the boat does not guarantee your safety, either. Cabin motorboats account for 17% of accidents; personal watercraft 18%; open motor boats 46%.
Personal injury attorneys can help you settle your claim if you were in a car crash, motorcycle accident, or if you were in a boating accident. If you are concerned, know that studies show approximately 95 to 96% of personal injury cases are settled pre-trial. Have you or someone you know been in an accident? Did you know you could look for compensation with the help of personal injury attorneys? Let us know in the comments.