Getting on the road can be a hazard, even if you’re a safe driver who is always conscientious and takes precautions. But the reckless driving of others can endanger others, cause severe injury, and even lead to death. Every year, over a million people die around the world due to injuries related to car accidents. Even more are injured, a whopping 3 million. There are even MORE car accidents – 6 million a year total – where both parties are lucky to escape alive and uninjured. Some of these accidents are truly just that – accidents. Inclement weather and poor driving conditions can cause even experienced drivers to lose control on the road. But when it comes to drunk driving, there is most certainly a guilty party. In cases of drunk driving in particular, it can be hard for the victim to figure out what they’re entitled to. In cases such as these, personal injury attorneys can step in to provide legal assistance and advisement.
And it isn’t just drunk driving that causes unnecessary and avoidable motor vehicle accidents. Distracted driving caused over 3,000 deaths just in 2015. Distracted driving most often indicates cell phone use, be it phone calls or texting, but can incorporate any number of things. Drowsy driving is also a threat on the road. It’s important that drivers remain alert and attuned to their surroundings, from other traffic to pedestrians. In many of these situations, the victims or their families are owed compensation.
Motor vehicle accidents, though the most common type of personal injury case, make up just over half of all personal injury cases. Workplace accidents frequently lead to workers compensation claims, depending on the nature of the injury and the time the victim needs to be out of work for in order to heal. Even just a foot or toe injury can cause a week’s loss of wages. In 2015 alone, there were almost 3 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses. The warehousing and storage industry just by itself accounted for around 15,000 of these. Most workplace injuries are slip and fall injuries, which make up 15% of accidental deaths, second only to motor vehicle accidents.
When it comes to wrongful injury and death, in cases of drunk driving or slip and fall accidents, it’s important to know what you should be compensated.