Auto Accidents are a Leading Cause of Death for Americans
Preventable Auto Accidents a Leading Cause of Death in U.S
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 2 million people are injured, and more than 33,000 deaths occur each year due to auto accidents, making road accidents a leading cause of death in the U.S.
In 2015, over 35,000 car-accident deaths occurred in America, according to data from the U.S. Department of Transportation. Of those deaths, 1,110 occurred in Ohio.
Most injuries and deaths on the road are preventable, and those injured may have been injured through no fault of their own. However, many victims are left with medical bills, lost wages, physical and emotional pain and suffering, and, in many cases, permanent injury or death.
Following a serious car accident, victims should contact an experienced lawyer to investigate.
Joe Lyon is a highly rated and experienced Ohio personal injury attorney, well-versed in the science and economic impact such an injury or death has on the victim’s life and family.
Causes of Preventable Auto Accidents
- Distracted Driving—the number one cause of car accidents involve distracted motorists that divert their attention from the road, usually to talk on a cell phone, send a text message, adjust the radio or eat food.
- Speeding and Reckless Driving—traveling above the speed limit is an easy way to cause a car accident. The faster you drive, the less time you have to prevent an auto accident.
- Impaired Driving—drivers under the influence of alcohol cause many car accidents every day. Almost a third (30 percent) of fatal car accidents in the U.S. are alcohol-related. Also, drug-related accidents are common.
- Ignoring Traffic Signals—drivers that run red lights and stop signs risk causing accidents and wrongful death because they often cause high-speed side-impact collisions.
- Inexperienced Drivers—young drivers and teenagers lack road experience and end up causing many car accidents. Nearly 8,000 people are killed each year in crashes involving drivers ages 16-20.
- Reckless Driving—examples include unsafe lane changes, improper turns, tailgating, and racing.
- Driver Fatigue—many drivers on the road are often too tired to properly operate their vehicle, making poor driving decision and creating a dangerous situation.
Contributing Causes to Serious Auto Accidents
Car accidents are often the result of more than one factor. Serious auto accidents should be investigated for contributing causes. Since most auto insurance policies are not capable of compensating someone injured in a catastrophic accident, it is advisable to contact and hire an experienced personal injury lawyer to properly investigate the case and advise you on all the available claims and insurance issues.
Accidents and injuries may be directly related to factors such as:
- Automotive Product Liability
- Roadside Hazards
- Negligent Highway Design
Common Injuries in Auto Accidents
Approximately 11 people are severely injured every day in Cincinnati auto accidents. About 3 auto-related deaths occur in Ohio every day. Some common injuries include the following:
- Orthopedic Injuries
- Burn Injuries
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
Compensation Available in Auto Accidents
If a negligent driver or other defendant causes an auto accident and injures another individual, the negligent party is responsible for all injuries and economic loss that results from the accident.
Therefore, the injured party is entitled to compensation under Ohio Law that includes property damages, payment of medical care (past and future), loss of past earnings, loss of future earning potential, loss of enjoyment of ordinary activity, and pain and suffering.
In recent years, The Lyon Firm has obtained large settlements in wrongful death cases on behalf of families who suffered the loss of life, and also of those who suffered severe brain injuries during an accident. The Lyon Firm also obtained a $1.5 million settlement for an underinsured motorist claim on behalf of a family who suffered the loss of their father when a distracted motorist crossed a double yellow line while speaking on the phone.
If you or a loved one suffered an injury due to a car accident, and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care, contact The Lyon Firm (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, and he will help you answer these critical questions.
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I met Joe during what was easily one of the worst times of my life. My husband had been in a serious accident and was a quadriplegic following that accident and remained in one medical facility after another until his death nearly four years later. We had contacted an area attorney who told us we absolutely did not have a case. Then we called a Cleveland firm that took the case and brought in Joe. Joe did so much of the work and became just like family to us. I would highly recommend Joe to anyone and be willing to guarantee that he will do anything and everything possible to get satisfactory results. He is extremely dedicated to his clients and very hard working. Mike and I came to think of him like a son, I still do; if it wasn’t for him I don’t believe our case would have been settled the way it was and may have ended up in a courtroom where the results can go any way.Donna Urchak