Here in the United States, car accidents of various types are incredibly common indeed. In fact, as many as five and a half million of them will occur each and every year in this one country alone. In addition to this, up to three million injuries are likely to result from them, as well as more than 30,000 deaths – if not as many as 40,000 – on an annual basis. Car accidents come in all shapes and sizes, caused by everything from loose equipment and cargo to drunk driving and inattention to the road. Car accidents and other such motor vehicle accidents are so very common that they actually end up making up as much as 52% of all personal injury cases seen here in the United States.
Improper securing of equipment and cargo is one of the leading causes of preventable car accidents here in the United States. Typically, the equipment and cargo in question is secured to the back of a truck, such as a pickup truck or even a freight truck, but this is not always the case. Equipment and cargo is also frequently seen secured to the tops of other such smaller motor vehicles, from mini vans to even the mid sized sedan. If the equipment and cargo in question is not properly secured, then it will be quite dangerous indeed.
Aside from the improper securing of equipment and cargo, driving while under the influence accounts for a great deal of car accidents, as more than 300,000 drunk drivers alone will get behind the wheel while they are intoxicated on a daily basis. Since only around 4,000 of these people will actually be pulled over, drunk driving typically leads to as many as 28 deaths in just one day. And in addition to this, drunk driving will also cause a new injury every two minutes, all throughout the day – no matter if it is day or night.
And even aside from driving while intoxicated, driving while distracted is another huge problem here in the United States. With the widespread growth and access to cell phones all throughout the country, there is no doubt about it that driving distracted has become more of a problem than ever before. In fact, driving while distracted is so very dangerous that it actually increases a person’s chance of getting into a motor vehicle accident by more than 20 times. Unfortunately, such accidents all too often end in tragedy.
But car accidents and other such motor vehicles accidents are certainly not the only kind of personal injury matters seen here in the United States. In addition to all of the above – including the cases regarding the improper securing of equipment and cargo – medical malpractice is another top cause of personal injury, with up to 15% of all personal injury cases seen throughout the United States over the course of a single year revolving around matters of medical malpractice.
Medical malpractice can happen in a number of different ways, but thousands of people are impacted by it on a yearly basis. In the United States, many of the medical malpractice cases seen stem from birth injuries, which can cause lifelong changes in the lives of both the birthing mother as well as the baby or babies in question. These birth injuries can sometimes, in the most tragic of these cases, even lead to death. Of course, medical malpractice stems far beyond the matter of birth, and many different medical malpractice cases are seen over the course of a year.
No matter what kind of personal injury case you think you might have, be it in relation to medical malpractice or a car accident caused by improperly secured equipment and cargo, you should contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as you possible can. This will allow them to fully assess your case to determine if you even have one. Once this aspect has been determined, it can be decided how much settlement money you can try to get. Fortunately, more than 95% of all personal injury cases are settled through mediation services.