Most people have been involved in at least one car accident in their lifetime. Car accidents happen all the time, and in some cases it involves one car and a hapless tree or telephone pole. In a multiple vehicle incident, with luck it is nothing more than a fender bender where an exchange of insurance details is usually enough to settle the matter. Unfortunately in many cases, property damage is the least of the involved parties’ problems.
A car in the U.S. typically travels at around 55 mph on the highway, and about 30 mph on city roads. At these speeds, a sudden deceleration caused by even a minor collision with another object can cause injury due to whiplash, impact, airbag deployment, seatbelt sign, or flying glass to the driver and passengers. A pedestrian hit by a car at 30 mph has a 50% chance of death. A head-on collision with or being rear-ended by another vehicle constitutes a slew of different types of injuries of varying levels of severity as well as property damage up to a total car wreck, depending on the speed of travel and the types of vehicles involved.
All this damage and injury sometimes occur through the coming together of a set of unfortunate circumstances with no one to blame. In most cases, however, form of negligence is at work. It is estimated that 28 people a day die from car accidents caused by drunk driving, many of them teenagers, and one person gets injured every 90 seconds. About 10% of all car crashes involve drunk driving. An article on the Pohl & Berk, LLP website state that aside from the physical damage, car accidents often result in deep emotional trauma.
Drunk driving and other types of negligence which causes injury or death render the driver criminally and civilly liable. Those who have been injured or otherwise harmed by a negligent driver may be eligible for compensation. Contact a competent personal injury lawyer, such as Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.®, experienced in dealing with car accidents to get an evaluation of the case.