Every case is different when it comes to personal injury claims, and this is especially true for car accidents. Car accidents come in a variety of types, from rear-ending and t-bones, to those that occur due to driver distraction or speeding. Today we will take a close look at car accident statistics, common injuries, and how you can make a personal injury claim if you have been injured in an accident.
Car Accident Statistics
Every year, 1.3 million people or more die in vehicle crashes, with an additional 20-50 million disabled or seriously injured.
- In fact, road traffic accidents are the 9th leading cause of death in the U.S.
- Drivers aged 16-20 cause crashes that take the lives of 8,000 people every year
- In 2012, lifetime medical costs for crash injuries totaled an astounding $18 billion.
- More than 75% of costs come about during the first 18 months after you were involved in your car crash.
You are more likely to sustain certain types of injuries than others. Some of the most common include the following:
Brain Injuries: A closed head injury may be more devastating than it sounds, causing more than just the most minor concussion. It could also lead to a traumatic brain injury (TBI), which could have a huge impact on your life. It takes very little for these injuries to occur when your head is jostled.
Neck Injuries: Some of the most common and minor neck injuries include whiplash and neck strain. However, you are also at risk for more serious neck injuries like an injury to one of your discs.
Back Injuries: A sprain, strain, fracture, or lumbar spine injury could also result. These accidents are known to take time to show up after an accident and, when they do finally reveal themselves, they can be very painful.
Psychological Injuries: These injuries are usually not the first ones you will think of after an accident. However, they are just as serious. You may have psychological injuries in a short-term or long-term timespan, ranging from emotional distress to PTSD.
Making Your Claim
You can make a personal injury claim if your car accident caused you damages, such as those that affect you financially and emotionally. They will cover aspects such as the cost of your medical bills, lost wages from missed time at work, loss of earning capacity, pain and suffering, loss of consortium, and so much more. You want to collect as much evidence as possible in your car accident claim, as it will give you credibility and show the court what is owed to you due to the extent of your injuries.
With the help of your attorney, you can collect the police report used in your case, medical treatment documentation right after the accident, citations the other party may have received that show fault, witness testimony, photographs of the accident scene, and more.
At JD Haas & Associates, we understand how much your claim means to you and want to help you get the compensation you deserve after your accident. We are in the business of helping people and have years of combined experience. Trust us with your case, and call us for a free consultation at 952-345-1025.