There are a variety of factors that contribute to causing non-fatal and fatal motor vehicle accidents. In the United States, distracted driving, drunk driving, and speeding are the most common. Inclement weather can also contribute to or further exacerbate these and other types of accidents.
The Effects of Aggressive Driving
Aggressive driving has been determined to be a contributing factor with a large percentage of non-fatal and fatal traffic accidents. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, for example, reported that 66% of fatal traffic accidents were the result of aggressive driving. Furthermore, according to a 2015 report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 35,092 fatalities that resulted from motorcycle crashes. It is highly likely that many of these crashes were the result of the motorcyclist or another vehicle driver being engaged in aggressive driving.
Motor-Vehicle Related Bicycle Accidents
Bicyclists are often injured or die as a result of being in a motor vehicle accident. In 2014, for example, two percent of the total number of injuries due to motor vehicle crashes were sustained by someone being struck while riding their bicycle. During the same year, 726 bicyclists lost their lives due to being involved in a motor vehicle crash.
While wearing a helmet can potentially reduce the incidence of serious head injuries, some crashes may be so severe that a helmet does not provide sufficient protection. Furthermore, bicyclists can obviously sustain other types of life-threatening or fatal injuries when being struck by a car or truck.
Consult With a Personal Injury Attorney About Your Case
More than half, or 52% of personal injury cases, are somehow related to motor vehicle accidents. In addition to handling car, truck, and motorcycle accidents, a personal injury attorney can also work with clients that have experienced other types of personal injuries, such as slip and fall accidents.
If you or a loved one has been in a car or motorcycle accident and sustained a serious injury, it’s important to contact a personal injury attorney. Since 95% to 96% of personal injury cases are settled out of court, there’s a strong possibility that your case will be settled pretrial as well. Your attorney will be there to assist you with filing the appropriate documents and answering any questions that you may have. Furthermore, your attorney will be there to support you through the entire legal process.
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