Motor Vehicle Accidents
Every year millions of people are injured in motor vehicle accidents—many very seriously. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, every 10 seconds someone in the United States is involved in a car accident. In 2009, there were an estimated 5,505,000 police reported traffic crashes, in which 33,308 people were killed and 2,217,000 were injured.
Motor vehicle accidents cause the loss of time, property, health and even life. Such accidents occur because of elements including driver error, negligence, manufacturing defects and dangerous weather. No matter what the specific cause or result, a crash can turn a normal day into a prolonged struggle. Speaking with a lawyer can help you sort out rights, your options and your future. Contact an attorney to find out more.
When you have been in an auto accident, you may have a sense of who caused it. Issues of fault, however, can be complicated by who acted when and which laws governed the situation. If the other driver was negligent, you may have to prove that the driver breached a duty of care to you and that the breach caused your damages. The assistance of an attorney can be immensely valuable at this time, whether you are battling and insurance company or seeking compensation for your injuries.
Motor Vehicle Accidents Resource Links
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
The NTHSA is a government agency dedicated to making American roads safer for travelers.
National Safety Council
The National Safety Council, a nonprofit organization, provides links and articles on topics like seat belt use, safe driving for teenagers and reducing motor vehicle crashes.
U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)
The Department of Transportation is a federal agency focusing on policy and lawmaking to ensure safer U.S. travel.
MedlinePlus: Motor Vehicle Safety
The website, from the National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health, offers information on preventing motor vehicle crashes, stating that every 12 minutes, someone in America dies from a motor vehicle accident.