Car and truck accident attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report on the whopping crash cost statistics recently released by the National Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The federal agency analyzed the economic damages of car and truck crashes in 2010, when nearly 33,000 people were killed and 4 million injured.
About 24 million vehicles were damaged in crashes in 2010, and, as stated, the total price tag exceeded $870 billion dollars – or about $900 per person living in the U.S. From our perspective, the economic harm done from deaths, pain, and decreased life quality was estimated around $594 billion.
- Preventable fatalities and injuries due in those not wearing seatbelts: $72 billion, 3,350 fatalities, and 54,000 serious injuries
- Crashes involving speeding: $210 billion
- Alcohol-related: $199 billion
- Distracted driving: $129 billion
Ultimately, most of these costs are paid by insurance premiums, taxes, excess fuel consumption and increased environmental impacts. Vehicle collisions are the highest percentage of all negligence claims in most states, and the injuries are rarely limited to the minor rear-end accidents.
Driving is both one of the most common practices and one of the most dangerous. In the U.S., car accidents are the number one cause of death in teens, more than drug and alcohol abuse, violence, and other preventable accidents.
Here is a short list of the safest and most dangerous vehicles currently on the road
- Audi A3
- Honda Civic (4-door)
- Buick La Crosse
- Kia Rio
- Ford Ranger
- Chevy Trailblazer
Why Hiring an Attorney Is Important
Insurance companies often take advantage of unrepresented victims, offering them settlements or monetary incentives that are way below what the injured person will ultimately need for continued care. You should never allow an adjuster to tell you what your case is worth – contact an experienced auto accident attorney, who will help guide you through this process.
Lost wage claims also need to be filed and developed properly, which can only be done with the help of a skilled injury attorney. We will advance all costs of the development of your case, taking all of the financial risk so you can concentrate on recovery and getting back on your feet. If there is no recovery, then there is no fee.
Vehicles and specific parts are being constantly recalled – only the largest, most scandalous recalls ever make the news (ahem GM). Defective car parts are exceedingly dangerous on the road. What’s worse is that, more often than not, consumers are completely unaware that their crash was caused by a defective part. We have our own team of investigators who will analyze the circumstances of your accident to determine exactly how and why your crash occurred.
Car accident lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm have been working with victims of catastrophic auto accidents for over three decades. If you or someone you love was recently involved in a car, truck, or motorcycle accident, contact our firm immediately for a free case review.