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The Federal Highway Administration’s (FHA) latest data reveals that drivers in the U.S. drive approximately 3.22 trillion miles on the nation’s roads each year, an average person driving an annual mileage of 13, 476. Statistics have determined that the average person will be involved in at least 3 to 4 car accidents in their lifetime.
For the first time in history, distracted driving has become the number one cause of motor vehicle accidents in the United States, followed by speeding and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The advent of the smartphone, as well as the legalization of recreational marijuana in some states, has shown to be factors in distracted driving. Other major factors in car accidents include:
- Drowsy Driving
- Failure To Obey Traffic Signals
- Road Hazards
- Failure to Yield Right of Way
- Road Rage
In the first six months of 2017, 18,680 fatalities occurred from motor vehicle accidents with 2,148 injuries. It is estimated that the cost of motor vehicle accidents in the U.S. each year is between $190 to $192 billion.
Rush hour, when everyone is hurrying to get home, is a high-risk time of the day for car accidents. Drivers are tired, perhaps hungry and distracted by workplace issues, thinking of things at home or planning the next workday. It is always wise to keep in mind that every other driver is feeling the same way and so being extra vigilant during the commute home is important in reducing the risk of car accidents.
California ranked #8 in the 2017 results for the highest states for car accidents at a 79.9 percent accident rate. The top five counties in California for accidents are:
- Los Angeles
- San Bernardino
- San Diego
A traffic data study asked what California drivers believed was the cause of most car accidents and the top answer was speeding and aggressive driving. If you are a pedestrian, you have a higher chance of being involved in a car accident than in any other state in the nation, Kern and Humboldt counties being the top two counties in California for pedestrian fatality.
Stanislaus county ranks 10th in the state for non-fatal car accident injuries with more than 26,000 injuries annually. The most common type of accident is being broadsided and rear-ended. Having a Modesto accident lawyer might be a wise choice even if you have maximum insurance coverage. Bakersfield has the highest car accident rate in Kern County.
The percentage of drivers in California who are uninsured or underinsured is at 13 percent and being involved in an accident with an uninsured driver is always likely. Some people make the mistake of thinking that minor accidents or even slight fender benders don’t cause injuries but that is a wrong assumption.
Injuries from minor rear-end accidents or minor fender benders can take up to three days to manifest in the body. The sudden jerking movement of the head, neck, and spine even in small accidents can be severe enough to cause long-lasting damage.
In serious accidents, internal injuries, head, and neck injuries, broken bones and torn muscles and soft tissue damage often occur. In a car accident involving moderate speed, you and everything in your car will continue to move while your car and the other driver’s car stop their motion. Scientists have been able to explain in detail what happens to the human body when it is involved in car accidents.
Car accident victims have experienced a variety of long-term effects of their crash months and even years afterward including:
- Memory Loss
- Slow-Healing Fractures or Breaks
- Brain Damage
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Impaired Vision
If you have been involved in a car accident or if someone you love has been the victim of a fatality, you should contact a Modesto accident lawyer. An accident lawyer can litigate an injury or wrongful death claim and fight insurance companies and guilty parties.
Car accident lawyers can ensure you get the medical attention you need and deserve, they know the law and know that you may have lost income, long-term care needs, funeral and burial costs, and loss of future income. Car accidents can cause untold financial damage and you need someone who has the knowledge and resources to fight for your accident case.
Contact AccidentLawyers today for a free consultation on your car accident case. We serve the entire Kern and Stanislaus counties.