Car Auto Accident Lawsuit
Common Personal injury Lawsuit Series
Car Auto Accident Lawsuit
On June 22, 2013, the family of a 22-year-old Chicago man killed in a road accident won compensation worth $3.75 million following the settlement of a car accident injury lawsuit filed against ATS Specialized Inc. A vehicle of the trucking company hit the victim’s car on Interstate 57 near Ludlow from behind in November 2012, leading to his death. The police found that driver was driving at a dangerous speed at the time of accident and failed to slow down despite hitting the victim’s car. Two days prior to this accident, another car accident injury lawsuit resulted in $1.29 million compensation to a Hollywood woman. In May 2013, a Philadelphia jury awarded $19.1 million to a Bensalem man, who lost his leg in a two-car collision in 2009.
Over a million car accident injury lawsuits are filed in the United States each year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, car accidents in the United States lead to at least 30,000 deaths and 3 million injuries, ranging from minor to serious ones, causing permanent disability every year. The national economy loses more than $230 billion annually following damages caused by car accidents. While celebrities, sports persons, doctors, and talented young men have lost their lives, many others had to suffer for life following brain damage, spinal cord injury, and loss of limb caused by road accidents. No doubt death and disabilities are irreparable, but victims or their families have the option to recover financial and nonfinancial damages and seek punitive damages from erring drivers responsible for accidents and accused of showing disregard to the safety of others on the road.
U.S. Car Accident Injury Lawsuit: Annual Auto Accident Statistics
- About 6 million car accidents reported every year with over 30,000 deaths and 2.5 million injuries. Almost 90 people die every day because of car accidents. Experts are of the view that a majority of non-fatal car accidents every year go unreported.
- One car accident injury happens in 14 seconds.
- About one-fourth of total car accident fatalities include young people aged between 15 and 20 years.
- Of all car accidents leading to fatalities, 40% are perpetrated by alcohol-impaired drivers while speed accounts for 30% of them.
- Reckless driving is responsible for 33% car accidents leading to fatalities each year.
- At least one in five car accidents are due to driver distraction, including use of phone while driving or failure to obey traffic signals.
- Intersection crashes are most common car accidents in both fatal and non-fatal categories.
- Texas, California, and Florida witness the highest number of car accidents in the United States. In the recent years, the number of car accidents and consequent fatalities have gone up in Connecticut, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Indiana, and Ohio.