We know that millions of car accidents happen yearly in the US alone. However, accidents differ in many ways, they all have hugely variable causes and the consequences of accidents can be different even for accidents that seem to be identical. Our personal injury attorney in Plantation is a legal expert dealing with claims related to all kinds of personal injuries, of all kinds of severity.
From experience and research we were able to understand what factors influence the severity of injury obtained during a car crash. We want to share them with you, so you can learn what behaviors can save you from serious injury, or even death.
Presence of blood alcohol
It is well known that alcohol affects our judgement. But how does it affect the driving ability exactly? The NHTSA explains that alcohol reduces the function of the brain, impairing thinking, reasoning and muscle coordination – abilities crucial for safely operating a vehicle. Every day, 29 people in the US die in auto accidents that involve an alcohol-impaired driver.
The severity of injury depends on whether, or to what extent, an involved driver is alcohol-impaired. This is because as more alcohol is present in the blood, the less coordinated, attentive and able to conduct visual and auditory processing the driver is.
Use of protective devices
The use of seat belts and fully functioning airbags drastically reduce the risk of death, or serious injury from a motor accident. Car manufacturers are legally obliged to insert fully functioning airbags and seatbelts into the vehicles, however the maintenance is the driver’s responsibility. A recent study published in the BMJ Journal states that “The introduction of airbags has led to a significant reduction in morbidity and mortality from road traffic accidents”.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explains that among front-seat passengers, seat belts reduce the risk of death by 45% and cut the risk of serious injury by 50%. Seat belts prevent the passenger from being ejected from the vehicle, which is incredibly significant as 3 out of 4 people who are ejected from the vehicle die from their injuries.
Sex and age of victim
A study published in 2017 by the National Center of Biotechnology Information (NCBI) found that elderly and male road users are highly associated with serious traffic crash injury. This could be explained by many factors – characteristics attributed to that particular social group, specific style of driving, difference of coordination, the average length and type of the journey.
The important note to take from this, is that if you belong to those risk groups you must be particularly careful and thorough with following safety procedures. Whatever happens, our Plantation personal injury lawyer will be there to support you through your claims.
It is important to note that the severity of injury from a car accident is not solely dependent on your actions and attitude. Accidents are never predictable. They can occur outside of your house, on a highway, on a country road or even when standing still in traffic. The road characteristics that influence the severity of injury include:
- Type of road
- Road geometry
- Posted speed limit
- Road marking type
- Time of day
- Weather conditions
It is commonly claimed that more serious accidents occur on curved road sections, roads with no markings, rough and corrugated roads and during the wee hours i.e. 00:00 to 06:00. Therefore, to ensure your own safety be particularly precautious in these driving environments.
Type of crash
Different types of crashes have different consequences, including the severity of injury obtained. Crashes at high speed involving multiple vehicles are more intense and result in more serious injuries than crashes involving a few almost stationary cars, or moving at low speed.
The way the cars are hit and who is involved also influences what kinds of injuries the passengers will obtain. Head-on collisions are often fatal. Car versus pedestrian crashes often pose the most serious injuries to the pedestrian. According to the NHTSA, 85% of all rollover-related fatalities involved a single vehicle.
As you can see, all kinds of crashes can be fatal, or cause serious injuries because more than just a single factor are at play. Regardless of what conditions the accident happened in, our Plantation personal injury attorney will be beside you to ensure that you get the compensation and the treatment that you deserve.
About our attorney near you!
Rafael Gonzalez, Esq. is our extremely experienced, passionate and professional Personal Injury Attorney in Plantation. His services are not limited to the ones that have been offered in the past. If you, or you loved ones, have recently been involved in a personal injury accident, contact us to find out what we can offer for your specific case. Our attorney is committed to “guide you through the legal maze, inform you of your rights, and help”.
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