Understanding some statistics that surround car accidents in the United States can help you understand why you might need a car accident lawyer in Beech Grove IN.
The average number of auto accidents in the United States is 6 million, and it is estimated that 90 people die in car accidents every single day. That’s quite a high number of people—and some estimates say that 3 million people are injured every year in vehicular accidents, while 2 million people experience permanent injuries a year.
But that’s not all. It sounds dangerous to drive—right? So why is it reported that 1 in 7 people don’t wear seatbelts while driving? That’s one of the most dangerous things you can do as a driver—or passenger in the car. Seat belts reduce the risk of dying in a car accident by 45%, and they cut the risk of severe injury by 50%. Seatbelts are worth wearing. It’s also been surmised that people who aren’t wearing seat belts are 30 more times likely to be ejected from their vehicle in the middle of a crash!
Crashes have a fatality rate of 6%, a 27% non-fatality injury rate, and a 72% property damage rate. This means you may have to seek a car accident lawyer over a wrongful death in a car accident, over injuries and medical damages, or over property damage.
But do you know what causes car accidents? It’s estimated that 40% of all wrecks that result in deaths are caused by alcohol, 30% by speeding and 33% by reckless drivers.
Distracted driving is another major cause of vehicular accidents, in fact it’s estimated that each day 9 people are killed due to some form of distracted driving. Distracted driving takes many forms, from smoking while driving, to text, talking on your cell phone, looking at your phone, eating and more. Anything that distracts you from the road is considered distracted driving. 1,060 more or more a year are injured in crashes which involve distracted driving, and 1 out of 3 people text while they drive.
Furthermore, when distracted driving is involved, you’re 23 times more likely to crash while texting and driving, and in 1 of 5 crashes, distraction is the main factor in crashes that someone was injured in. It’s not just adults, either, 40% or so of all American teens have reported they’ve been in the car with somebody who was driving and texting as they drove.
Don’t let distracted driving—or something as simple as not wearing your seatbelt be why your injured, or your family is attempting to sue for wrongful death due to a car accident. It’s preventable, if you just pay attention. Ward & Ward Law Firm knows this.
If you’re in a car accident and need a lawyer, reach out to Ward & Ward Law Firm, because their car accident lawyers in Beech Grove IN are prepared to help you get the most compensation that you can be awarded.