Everyday, car accidents in Maryland and around the country result in deaths, serious injuries and property damage. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Vital Signs report that was released in October 2014, almost 7,000 people go to the emergency room everyday in the United States because of motor vehicle accidents. The majority of car accident victims are people over 80 years old, teens and young adults.
The CDC says that traffic accidents are the leading cause of injury in the U.S., and these accidents are also responsible for causing a lot of fatalities The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that there were over 33,000 deaths in 2012 that were caused by vehicle collisions.
Researchers say that the main contributing factors in car accidents tend to be drunk or reckless driving, speeding, distracted driving and running red lights and stop signs. Drowsy driving is also a common cause of many car accidents, and exhaustion has been found to have the same negative impact on driver performance that intoxication does. Drunk driving is a big problem for teens and young adults, as the CDC found that 10 percent of young drivers drink before getting behind the wheel.
A car accident victim who was injured as the result of the negligence of another driver may want to consider filing a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible party. Many injured victims decide to enlist the help of an attorney, especially after they have sustained serious head injuries or broken bones. Damages that are often sought in this type of civil action include the costs of required medical care and treatment as well as wages that have been lost due to an inability to return to work.
Trench collapses can be especially dangerous