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Automobile Accidents

Automobile Accidents

FIGHTING FOR INJURED CAR ACCIDENT VICTIMS

For decades, our experienced injury attorneys have represented victims of auto accidents and negligent drivers and helped them receive the compensation they deserve. At Thomas J. Henry, our knowledgeable and experienced attorneys are backed by the legal and financial resources necessary to develop your case and put you in the best position possible. Our record of helping our clients achieve record-breaking verdicts, settlements, and judgments is a testament to the hard work, tenacity, and dedication of our team of lawyers.

We utilize the best experts from across the country to assist in every automobile accident case. From accident reconstruction experts to doctors and surgeons, employing the right expert for your case can be critical in achieving a successful result.

When the unthinkable happens on the roadways, our experienced car crash lawyers can help ensure that your case is handled correctly and with care, from the scene of the wreck to the resolution of your case. We are available 24/7, nights and weekends to hear your claim. Call us today to set up a free case review.

UNITED STATES AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT STATISTICS

Here are statistics regarding automobile accidents in the United States in 2015:

  • In 2015, 254.6 million passenger vehicles were registered in the United States
  • There were an estimated 6.3 million police-reported crashes in 2015
  • 2.44 million people were injured in motor vehicle crashes
  • 35,092 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2015
    • 22,441 people were killed in crashes involving a passenger vehicle (car, SUV, pickup truck, van)
    • This represents 64 percent of all motor vehicle crash fatalities
  • 22 percent of passenger vehicle drivers in fatal crashes were drunk
  • State with the most motor vehicle crash fatalities in 2015:
    • Texas — 3,516
    • California — 3,176
    • Florida — 2,939
    • Georgia — 1,430
    • North Carolina — 1,379

WHAT ARE THE TOP CAUSES OF AUTO ACCIDENTS?

  • Speeding
    • Speeding is one of the most prevalent causes of car accidents in the United States. Between 2003 and 2012, speeding was a contributing factor in at least 30 percent of all fatal crashes. In 2015, there were 9,957 speeding-related fatal crashes.
    • Speeding and alcohol involvement go hand-in-hand when it comes to fatal car accidents. In 2012, 42 percent of speeding drivers were also legally drunk — having a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher.
  • Distracted Driving
    • Distracted driving has become of the most notorious causes of car wrecks in the United States. With the advent and popularity of smartphones and other digital devices, distracted driving-related crashes have increased over the past decade. In 2014, there were 3,179 people killed and an estimated 431,000 people injured in car crashes involving distracted drivers.
    • Eighteen percent of all injury car crashes were reported as a result of a distracted driver in 2014. In addition, in 2014, ten percent of the fatal crashes were reported as distraction-affected crashes. Learn more about distracted driving crashes.
  • Drunk Driving
    • Drunk driving accidents continue to plague the roadways, causing more than $44 billion in damage each year and claiming the lives of 28 people every day. In 2014, there were 9,967 deaths in alcohol-impaired driving crashes. Thirty-one percent of all traffic-related deaths are caused by drunk driving.
    • One of the most deadly car crash causes is also one of the most preventable, and oftentimes it is our most vulnerable population that is affected by drunk driving. In 2014, 19 percent of traffic deaths among children ages 0 to 14 involved a drunk driver. Learn more about drunk driving accidents.
  • Reckless Driving
    • Reckless driving covers a number of actions and deals with a general disregard for traffic regulations and safety, whether it be intentional or accidental. This can include failing to adhere to stop signs or other posted traffic signs, unsafe changes of direction or lane changes, or failing to keep proper look out.
    • Although the definition of reckless driving may vary from state to state, the dangerous nature is the same. Reckless driving can result in serious injury, property or vehicle damage, or oftentimes death.

WHAT SHOULD I DO AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT?

There are important steps you can take following an automobile accident that can help ensure the safety of you and your loved ones and protect your legal rights as an accident victim.

Steps to take after a car crash include:

  1. Stop immediately after the crash
  • Even if a collision is minor, it is important to remain at the scene. Never flee from the scene of an accident as it is illegal and will only make matters worse.
  1. Assess the situation
  • Car crashes can be disorientating. It is important that you take a moment to assess the situation. Check yourself and your passengers for injuries. Determine if it is safe to exit your vehicle and see what routes are available for a safe exit. Refrain from moving anyone who has suffered a back, neck, or spinal injury if at all possible.
  1. Make the accident visible
  • Accidents are an unexpected disruption to traffic flow, and numerous accidents occur by drivers crashing into the site of a previous collision. You can prevent further accidents and hazards by turning on your vehicle’s warning lights, setting out reflectors, or activating road flares. It is also smart to keep a flashlight in your car – should an accident occur at night, you can carry the flashlight after exiting your vehicle to make yourself more visible.
  1. Notify the police
  • If there is an emergency, contact 911.  Otherwise, contact your local police department – even if there are no serious injuries. A detailed police report will go a long way when you file a claim with your insurance company. If there is an injury, be sure that paramedics are called to the scene as well. If there is any confusion whether or not an injury has occurred, err on the side of caution and have an ambulance respond to the scene.
  1. Record the facts
  • Speak with the responding officers and be as accurate and forth coming as possible. Do not feel like you have to have all the answers. Do not speculate at the facts of the accident or whether you sustained an injury. If you are unsure how the accident occurred or unsure if you have sustained an injury, it is okay to respond with “I don’t know.”
  1. Take pictures
  • A major benefit that has come with the popularity of cell phones is that the vast majority of people have a camera with them at all times. Take photos of your vehicle, any visible damage, the scene of the accident, and any injuries that you or a passenger may have suffered.
  1. Gather and exchange information
  • More often than not, the responding officer will obtain insurance information from all drivers involved. If this does not occur, gather the name, phone number, and addresses of all persons involved in the accident, including passengers and witnesses. You should also obtain the insurance information of all driver involved by requesting to see each vehicle’s insurance card.
  1. Seek medical attention
  • Pain and injuries may not be immediately evident following an accident. In fact, much of the pain will occur a day or two following the crash. Again, if there is any uncertainty whether you have sustained an injury, err on the side of caution. There is no harm in getting a check-up at your local emergency room or in making an appointment with your primary physician. Let them have the final say, even if only for peace of mind.
  1. Report the accident to your insurance
  • Contact your insurance company as soon as you can following a crash – most policies actually require immediate reporting of an accident. This will also let you discuss your medical benefits as well as get your claim under way. As your claim is process, keep a detailed log of any medical bills, updates, changes in health, and crash related expenses such as rentals.
  1. Contact an experienced car crash attorney
  • The role of your attorney is not simply to file a lawsuit. An attorney is responsible for protecting your rights and for making sure insurance companies are acting in your best interest. A good attorney will help you obtain and protect valuable evidence, provide legal advice before you provide a statement to the insurers, ensure you receive the medical attention you need, and press insurers to process your claim in a timely and fair manner. Should your rights be infringed upon, the best attorneys are those who are willing and ready to go to trial.

MOST COMMON AUTO ACCIDENT INJURIES

In 2015, an estimated 2.44 million people were injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes — that’s 6,693 people per day. Injuries from auto accidents can range from minor to severe and can leave you with long-term effects on your physical and mental health. No matter the severity, our attorneys work tenaciously to get injured clients the compensation they deserve. Here are the most common types of auto accident injuries:

  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Whiplash
  • Strained ligaments
  • Back muscle sprains
  • Scrapes and Cuts
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Chest injuries
    • Bruising
    • Contusions
    • Broken ribs
    • Internal injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Jaw injuries
  • Loss of teeth
  • Neck injuries
    • Crushed larynx
    • Crushed trachea
    • Broken neck
  • Pelvic injuries
  • Lacerations
  • Penetration injuries

CONTACT AN EXPERIENCED AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT LAWYER

If you or a loved one have been injured in a car crash, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our experienced auto accident attorneys have experience handling a multitude of injury accidents, no matter how severe the crash or injury. You may be entitled to compensation for your damages if another driver acted negligently. Our firm has the experienced lawyers and financial resources that you need to achieve the real results you deserve. Our team of injury attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends. If you cannot make it to our office, we can visit you at your home, in the hospital, or at work.

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