As many Georgia drivers may know, traffic accidents are a major cause of injury and death. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that in 2012, 33,000 Americans died in car crashes. The age groups most often involved are young and elderly drivers. The reasons accidents happen are varied.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 2.5 million individuals were taken to the emergency room every year due to a car accident. This equates to roughly 7,000 per day, and 200,000 individuals remain in the hospital.
Some primary reasons accidents happen are distracted and drunk driving, exceeding the speed limit, driving recklessly and not observing the rules of the road. Another major cause of accidents is driving while exhausted. This is particularly an issue for truck drivers and train engineers.
Nationally, truck drivers and others drive while exhausted. Delivering goods on time, picking up extra routes or driving distances to and from work are becoming more common. In June 2012, lawmakers weakened regulations intended to force truck drivers to rest at least four hours each night. This new law is receiving stiff resistance from safety groups.
Young drivers may be faced with driving while impaired. Such accidents account for 33 percent of young driver deaths. Both young and older drivers share in this behavior. Deaths caused by alcohol result in a cost of $50 billion annually.
Car accidents may result in both physical and financial injury. The driver's behavior may be responsible for injury. The injured individual may face high medical bills and loss of income. Speaking to an attorney may be helpful. The attorney may review the accident to determine who was at fault. If appropriate, the attorney may file a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent driver to recover damages.