There are very good reasons why federal and state governments strictly implement traffic safety rules, and catch and heavily punish offenders. These reasons include: the more than five million car crashes on roads and highways every year; the more than two million injuries these result to; and and the more than 30,000 deaths.

The chairman of the International Organization for Road Accident Prevention said that road danger is nothing more than a man-made crisis; a result of bad driving behavior which often leads to human error – the cause of more than 90% of car accidents in any part of the world.

One hurting truth about car accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), is the fact that majority of these are results of negligence or recklessness, making these totally preventable incidences. In fact, driver negligence accounts for a staggering 81% of all car crashes.

Though car crashes are sudden and short-lasting, their effects can be a lifetime of trauma and suffering for victims and their families. According to Providence car accident lawyers, the possible types of car crash injuries are many, including:

  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Spinal cord injuries, including paraplegia and quadriplegia
  • Neck and back injuries, including sprains, strains, and
  • herniated discs
  • Burn injuries
  • Bone fractures
  • Torn ligaments
  • Facial injuries
  • Internal organ injuries
  • Internal bleeding
  • Lacerations
  • Psychological damage: anxiety, phobias, PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)
  • Chronic pain: or,
  • Death

The 2008 National Motor Vehicle Crash Causation Survey (NMVCCS), a study conducted by the NHTSA, identified driver error as the major cause of car accidents from 2005 to 2007. The most commonly reported types of driver error, include: impaired or drunk driving; overspeeding; reckless driving; not stopping at intersections and stop signs; making improper lane changes; improper overtaking; not using signals before making turns; tailgating (especially a truck); texting or conversing with someone over the phone; and driving distractions or doing something that will take away one’s focus on the road.

Causing someone injuries, whether mild, serious or fatal, makes a person at fault liable for all the consequences such injuries will lead to. Compensating a victim does not only mean paying his/her medical treatment and hospital bills, but also replacing his/her lost wages and paying for his/her pain and suffering. In the event of death, however, the at fault may have to pay other damages, such as lost earnings and earning potential, expenses for household services the deceased can no longer perform, loss of affection, companionship, or marital consortium, and funeral expenses, among others.


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