It is just too easy to imagine how bad the consequences of a car accident can be. A car is basically a hunk of metal with people in it traveling at high speeds. A collision with another hunk of metal, concrete, railing, tree, or another person at any speed higher than 25 mph and expect serious injury to occur. And yet most people blithely enter a car, fully expecting to get to their destination without a scratch, and with no thought of the 15.6 crash fatalities that occur for every 100 million vehicle miles travelled. The typical driver travels 13,476 miles a year, which means that in any one year, a car traveler has a one in 475 chance of being involved in a fatal car crash.
The human body is incredibly resilient, able to withstand quite a few knocks with little permanent damage. However, a car accident can be devastating because the car is a rigid structure, and any impact forces are transferred to the more pliant human bodies inside. Aside from the sudden deceleration that can lead to whiplash, concussion, and other types of brain injury, the typical car features knobs, sticks and other objects that can pierce, puncture, and pulverize any human body striking it on the aftermath of a collision. That is not even considering the effects of air bag deployments which can suffocate or badly injure a person if it goes off wrong.
Car accidents are one of the leading causes of death in the U.S., beating out death by firearms, infection and kidney failure. Even if not death, the injuries sustained are often so severe that victims find it necessary to apply for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. It is a given that there is always a risk of a car accident happening, but when it is caused by the reckless or negligent behavior of another person, it is far harder to accept. When this happens to you or to an immediate family member, you may have legal options that would help alleviate some of the financial problems associated with a car accident. Contact a personal injury lawyer to find out more.Read More