Every auto accident combines to exact a high toll on the people and businesses of the United States. With motor vehicles being the primary means of transportation in our country, and considering the many factors that contribute to car crashes, there is little hope that accident statistics will greatly diminish in the near term. The steepest price we pay for motor vehicle crashes is the loss of human life, but a multitude of other costs are associated with these accidents.
The price tag for medical costs and productivity losses resulting from motor vehicle accidents is estimated to be around $100 billion per year. These costs include medical and emergency services, police, and fire services, property damages, lost productivity and quality of life. In ERs, an American is treated every 10 seconds for car crash injuries. An auto accident is often associated with financial struggles for the victims due to injuries and the resultant difficulty paying medical bills and property damage.
Distracted drivers are responsible for 20 percent of the injuries in auto crashes. The dangerous, and sometimes deadly, the trend of texting while driving is a major distraction for drivers, along with cell phone use. The humorous sign stating, “Honk if you love Jesus; Text if you want to meet him” may not be far off the point. Alcohol is involved in 40 percent of car accidents resulting in death, and 30 percent of fatalities are attributed to the heavy foot of speeding drivers. Running red lights, fatigued drivers, and non-use of seat belts also contribute to the costly toll of auto accidents.
When you or someone you know becomes involved in an auto accident, it is important to contact well-qualified legal counsel as soon as possible. Auto accident victims certainly should not sign any settlements resulting from the accident without seeing an attorney. The expert team at Broussard-Hart has received more than $100 million in compensation for our clients, one case at a time. We do not stop until we have the full extent of compensation available for a victim of another’s negligence. For a free and confidential consultation, contact the law firm of Broussard-Hart today.