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Getting You The Maximum Settlement for Auto Accidents

Car Accident Road Statistics

In the United States, road accident statistics are startling. The United States Department of Transportation reported that over 6 million car accidents occur nationally, causing almost 3 million injuries and 42,000 fatalities each year. Despite safety regulations, car accidents continue to remain common incidents on today’s roads.

  • About 60% of car accident fatalities are caused by excessive speeding and reckless driving

  • Almost 40% of car accident fatalities are caused by drunk drivers

  • A car accident resulting in injury occurs every 14 minutes

  • One person dies in a car accident every 12 minutes

  • More than 25% of all car drivers were involved in car accidents in a five year period

Injuries due to Car Accidents

Reckless and inattentive drivers are the most common cause of road accidents. Fatalities are most commonly attributed to not wearing seat belts and taking adequate safety precautions. Talking, eating, drinking and cell phone use while driving (and not paying attention to the road) have been significant factors in distraction from safe driving. Common car accident related injuries include brain injuries, injuries to the spine, neck injuries, fractures, head trauma, etc., leaving victims with severe pain and discomfort.

What To Do When A Car Accident Related Injury Occurs

Those that were not at fault but injured by a car accident may often be entitled to compensation since the law entitles victims of car accidents to recover damages and compensation for their injuries sustained in car accidents. Whether you are a pedestrian, a passenger or a car operator, it is important to know your rights in the event of a car accident related injury.

An auto accident victim may file a claim under certain circumstances. For a valid personal injury claim, there needs to be evidence of negligence of the other driver. While state laws vary, an attorney will be able to assess whether or not a claim can be made if:

  • serious injury has led to pain and suffering

  • loss of consortium if a family member or spouse is severely injured as a result of the car accident

  • wrongful death occurs

If Involved in a Car Accident Obtain the Following Information General Information

  • Date & Time

  • Location

  • Direction of Travel

  • Weather and Road Conditions

Police Information

  • Accident Report #

  • Police Officer’s Name

  • Shield #

  • Precinct #

Other Vehicle Information

  • Owner’s Name & Address

  • Driver’s Name & Address

  • Make & Model of Vehicle

  • Insurance Company Name

  • License Plate #

  • Vehicle ID

Witness Information

  • Name

  • Address

  • Telephone #

Since processing car accident claims can be difficult, it is important to contact a lawyer experienced in car accident cases as soon as possible.

The right attorney can help sort through the process of proving fault and wrongdoing in order to claim compensation for pain and suffering, medical expenses, and loss of earnings. At Setareh Law, there are lawyers available to help you.

Speak To An Attorney First

One of the most important things you should remember when you have been involved in a car accident is to speak to an attorney as soon as possible. To protect your rights, you will need legal advice before you speak to the insurance company and provide a statement of the event.

Insurance companies have become very aggressive in contacting victims of accidents quickly after the event. It is their belief that quick contact helps them settle cases faster and that this is beneficial to the victim. In reality, they try to push for a quick settlement before the victim even realizes all of the losses they have incurred or the severity of their injury. This is why it is imperative to speak to an attorney as soon as possible after the event to protect your rights.

If you or someone you know has been involved in an accident and is uninsured, make sure to learn how that can change things.