Accidents and injuries are an unfortunate part of all our lives. As we go about our normal daily routines, we may be the victim of someone else’s negligence, workplace injuries, sports injuries, and more. Personal injury law provides those hurt in this manner with a way to seek compensation for their injuries and accident related expenses. Below are some surprising accident statistics and some tips on how you may seek legal help if you are injured and need to cover your losses and medical costs.
TYPES OF ACCIDENTS
Personal injury law covers many situations such as:
- Car Crashes
- Commercial Vehicle Accidents
- Bicycle Incidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Slip And Falls
- Medical Malpractice
- Birth Injuries
- Dog Bites
- Product Liability
In the first half of life, statistics show that people die from car accidents more often than other causes such as illness. One reason for these statistics is distracted driving. According to the Center For Disease Control or CDC, 1,161 drivers are hurt and 8 are killed due to inattentive driving. With the advancements in technology the use of cell phones, GPS and other mobile devices has created a dangerous situation on the highways for many drivers. Another huge problem in the United States is impaired driving. Every year DUI (drunk driving) accidents cost more than $44 billion dollars. It is estimated that 1 person dies every 53 minutes due to alcohol related accidents.
The law also allows those hurt in a criminal manner a way to seek compensation from the at fault party. Some examples of criminal acts that may be resolved in civil court include:
- Firearm Assaults
- Assault During A Robbery
- Sexual Assault
- Road Rage Incidents
The CDC estimates that 5 people out of 100,000 die each year due to homicidal assaults and violent crime.
HOW CAN THE LAW HELP YOU?
The law can help you obtain compensation for accident related injuries if they are caused by the reckless or negligent acts of another person or entity. In order to win your case, you must be able to prove the at fault party did not take reasonable steps to keep you safe. Some factors that may point to negligence are:
- Driving Under The Influence
- Using A Cell Phone While Driving
- Road Rage
- Not Keeping A Dangerous Dog Confined
- Failing To Yield To Pedestrians And Bicyclists
- Delayed Or Missed Diagnosis
- Pharmacist Errors
If you were hurt in the above manner, you may have a valid legal claim. It is important to speak with an attorney at once to preserve your right to file a lawsuit.
Being injured in an accident is never easy, but there are options available to you under the law. Contact a personal injury attorney today to discuss how to move ahead with your case. While money will not return your health, it can give you the financial resources to live a happy life after you complete the recovery process.