According to various traffic reports, there are typically over 6 million car accidents annually in the United States. The statistics also point to the fact that the U.S. has the greatest number of car accidents in the world by far. Experts attribute some of this to the fact that our country has ever-changing weather conditions, conflicting traffic laws, and extreme changes in terrain as a vehicle travels from one area to another.
Car accidents can affect individuals in many different ways and can result in severe injuries depending on the circumstances of the accident. If you have been injured in a car accident, contact our law firm, and ask to schedule a free consultation so that we may answer any questions that you may have regarding your case.
How Many People Die From Automobile Accidents in the U.S Each Year?
It is estimated that roughly 38,000 individuals die in traffic accidents each year in the U.S. A great majority of auto accidents are avoidable as they are often attributed to drunk driving, excessive speeds, road rage, or distracted driving. However, some accidents are the result of equipment failure, poor weather conditions, or driver error.
If you have had a family member who was killed in an auto accident due to another individual’s negligence, you may be entitled to file a wrongful death claim. Our legal team understands that this is a difficult time in your life as you grieve the loss of a loved one. We pride ourselves on being a compassionate law firm that works to obtain an outcome that is in our client’s best interests.
What Age Group Has the Highest Number of Auto Accidents?
If you guessed that young drivers between the ages of 16 to 20 have the greatest number of accidents in the United States, you were correct. Younger drivers often lack the overall driving skill and ability necessary in hazardous situations and this can quickly lead to accidents.
The statistics are not much better when it comes to the age group that experiences the most fatalities from car accidents. Some of the contributing factors can be chalked up to aggressive driving, street racing, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and lack of general experience.
How Does Being Involved in a Car Accident Affect Insurance Rates?
If you have been involved in a car accident and it is determined that you were the at-fault driver you can expect to see a significant rate increase in the amount of insurance premiums that you pay each month. It is reported that most drivers on average experience a 34% rate increase. Of course, premium increases may also be based on your age and driving record.
How Can a Car Accident Attorney Help Me After a Collision?
If you have been injured in a car accident you need to seek legal representation as soon as possible. Time is not on your side when it comes to filing an accident claim. California has strict laws in place that limit the time you have to file a claim. The statute of limitations states that you can sue for injuries within 6 months of when the accident occurred.
Contact our law offices by calling 310-774-4260 to schedule a free consultation so that we may answer any questions or concerns that you may have about your potential claim.