Car accidents are serious, life altering occurrences that are so prevalent in the United States that the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) reports more than six million auto accidents each year nationwide. Of those accidents, nearly two million of the individuals involved sustain personal injuries that affect the rest of their lives, while over 43,000 of the individuals involved in these auto accident cases sadly lose their lives.
At Bertoldo, Baker, Carter & Smith, we understand that an auto accident can do more than shake up the driver and passengers involved; it can change your lives forever. Depending on the severity of the crash, property damage can be significant and physical injuries can abound, while emotional trauma can be extreme and overwhelming. For over thirty years, our accomplished attorney group has helped hundreds of families recover physically, emotionally and financially from the severe pains that an auto accident can cause.
Auto Accident Reports & Statistics
The USDOT compiles annual statistics on vehicle accidents; to follow is some of their findings:
- An individual dies in an auto accident every 12 minutes in the United States
- An individual is injured in the United States every 14 seconds in a car accident
- Approximately 25% of all car accidents are caused by drivers using mobile phones
- Drunk driving is responsible for approximately 40% of all car accident fatalities
- Individuals between the ages of 15 and 24, and those over the age of 75, are the most vulnerable to injury during a car accident
- One in four drivers will be involved in a car accident, in some capacity, within the next five years
- Over 50% of individuals killed in a vehicle crash were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the collision
- The number one cause of death in individuals under the age of 30 is a car accident
Frequently Asked Questions About Auto Accidents
1. What do I do if I’ve been involved in an auto accident?
As with any accident, it is absolutely imperative that you seek medical care. Even if you feel okay at the time, internal bleeding, concussions and other injuries may not be apparent right away and require a physician’s care to realize. Never bypass medical care after an accident.
Next, if you are capable, retrieve the contact information from others involved in the crash, as well as the information of any witnesses, so you can contact them later for clarity if necessary. Be sure to have the police on the scene, so they can record a proper accident statement for future use.
Contact the accomplished auto accident attorney group at Bertoldo, Baker, Carter & Smith to ensure you receive the best guidance and experience available to help you pursue a case against the negligent party who caused you injuries.
2. Why should I file an injury claim after an auto accident?
If you have been injured in an accident as a result of someone else’s negligence, it is important that you hold that party responsible for your medical bills, lost wages and any compromised future earnings or medical necessities. It is our goal to provide you with the best outcome possible in your personal injury case so that you can recover fully, without the financial burden of looming medical expenses and time away from work.
3. What compensation can I get for this claim?
Each accident injury claim differs, and as accomplished auto accident attorneys it is our job to investigate your accident fully, while assessing your injuries in their entirety, to understand exactly how much compensation will make you whole again.