According to the NHTSA, car accidents happen every minute across the world. What is worse is that approximately 80 people per day lose their lives due to a motor vehicle accident. (http://www.statisticbrain.com/car-crash-fatality-statistics-2/) Even with the safety improvements in automobile design, these accidents are still a fact of life. Furthermore, the odds are that anyone reading this will be in at least a minor car accident in their life – it’s not a matter of “if” but “when.” So what do you do when the unthinkable happens?
It’s true that not every car accident will result in litigation – especially in minor fender benders where no one is seriously hurt. However, in more serious accidents when damage is severe and injuries are critical or worse, fatal, you may have no choice but to seek the advice of an attorney. The greater the damage and injury, the greater the chance that litigation will be necessary.
Accidents can be caused by any number of factors:
· Driver Error – Following other cars too closely, failure to yield the right of way, excessive speed and ignoring traffic lights and signs.
· Distracted Driving – This is becoming an increasingly common factor in auto accidents. Texting and driving is an issue we didn’t have ten years ago. Other distractions to drivers can include shaving, reading, misbehaving children or fiddling with the radio.
· Driving Under the Influence – Alcohol or drugs
· Inclement Weather – Decreased visibility or poor traction to the road surface can cause an accident in the blink of an eye. A good driver will take into consideration the current road conditions before setting out in the vehicle.
If you have been involved in an accident and are considering litigation, it’s important to remember that your claim may be limited by a number of factors. At The Russo Firm we have worked with numerous victims of motor vehicle accidents and know what your rights are and what you are entitled to under the law. If you have been in an accident and are considering litigation, it might be in your best interest to seek advice from a competent attorney that specializes in these types of cases. If you would like to speak to someone at our firm, you can call us at 844-847-8300 or visit our home page at www.therusso firm.com.