Last year the National Safety Council (NSC) reported that in 2012 the direct costs connected to automobile accidents increased to roughly 280 billion dollars, a figure that included productivity losses, administrative expenses, medical expenses, property damage and employer costs. You might not realize how many ripples can result from a single car accident, which is why it’s so vital that you turn to a reputable car accident lawyer if you are ever involved in an accident.
The Root of the Problem
There are several reasons behind the dramatic increase in car accidents. While you might automatically attribute car accidents with distracted driving and texting while driving, you also have to think about the economy. Officials saw that the total number of miles driven in the US rose in 2012, which means that there were more than likely more drivers on the road. An improved economy means that people have the means to buy an automobile, and an increased number of automobiles on the road equals an increased chance of there being more automobile and automobile-related accidents.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reported that the number of motorists who were reported as being distracted at the time of a fatal automobile accident rose by seven percent in 2005 to an excess of ten percent in 2009. The CDC also reported that more than roughly 5,400 individuals died in automobile accidents in the year 2009 because of distracted driving.
The More Things Change the More They Stay the Same
While technology and the economy have their part to play in the increase of automobile accidents, some of the older causes of accidents remain the same, including:
- Drunk driving
- Unsafe trucks
- Inexperienced young drivers
- Drowsy drivers
Besides paying more attention to their surroundings, drivers should also make sure that they keep their vehicles in top-notch condition and that they drive defensively.
Get the Help You Need
No matter what the reason was behind your car accident, you deserve the help of a lawyer like Brent George who specializes in car accidents. While you may be under the impression that your insurance provider will give you all of the help that you need, you may or may not get all of the compensation that you deserve. There’s no reason whatsoever that you should be made to pay and suffer for someone else mistakes.
Brent George Law has the experience to help inform you of your rights and protect those rights. Allow us to see to it that you get the compensation that you deserve. Come in for a free consultation today to get started.