In 2007, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimated that more than 10 million motor vehicle accidents occurred on the road. Every year, the numbers have steadily risen or have been consistent for auto, bicycle, motorcycle, vehicle accidents and collisions.
A motor vehicle non-collision accident occurs when a motor vehicle is involved in an accident although no collision has occurred, such as a vehicle rollover occurrence. Injuries sustained during a motor vehicle accident, whether it be a collision or non-collision accident, can be minor or can result in death.
Here are some US statistics from The Association for Safe International Road Travel
- Over 37,000 people die in road crashes each year
- An additional 2.35 million are injured or disabled
- Over 1,600 children under 15 years of age die each year
- Nearly 8,000 people are killed in crashes involving drivers ages 16-20
- Road crashes cost the U.S. $230.6 billion per year, or an average of $820 per person
- Road crashes are the single greatest annual cause of death of healthy U.S. citizens traveling abroad
In addition, 716 bicyclists died on the roads in 2008, and 52,000 bicyclists were injured in 2007. Some common ways bicyclists are hurt include motorists suddenly opening car doors, making left turns in front of bicyclists, and taking right turns directly into bicyclists. If you think you may have a bicycle accident claim, you should speak with an attorney who specializes in this area.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, you should know that you may be entitled to compensation for:
- medical expenses incurred as a result of the accident
- loss of income from missed work
- pain and suffering arising from physical injuries and emotional injuries
- aggravation of existing medical conditions
It is imperative that anyone injured in a car accident or collision, bicycle or motorcycle accident, speak with an auto accident lawyer or bicycle accident attorney, who specializes in these types of accidents. They can best guide you through the legal process.
It is also essential to determine the kinds and amounts of damage covered by your insurance policy as well as the responsible party's insurance policy. There are often short deadlines that must be met in order to help achieve a full measure of compensation, such as notification to insurers that may provide no fault, uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage.
Serving New York, Boston, and surrounding areas, Scott Charnas can assist you with your personal injury, motor vehicle accident injury, or bicycle accident injury case. Call to schedule your free consultation.