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Why Do People Die in Car Accidents?

Posted on in Auto Accidents

Houston fatal car crash lawyerBetween 35,000 and 40,000 people die every year in the U.S. in car crashes, around 4,000 of which occur in Texas. But when approximately six million car crashes happen every year, it is clear that the vast majority of car crashes do not result in fatalities. Although serious injuries are common in Texas car crashes, what separates the accidents that result in fatalities from those that do not? And if someone you love has been killed in a car crash, what can you do to recover compensation from the responsible driver? 

How Do People Die in Car Crashes? 

Certain types of crashes are more likely to result in fatal injuries. Of course, when a vehicle is involved in a crash with a pedestrian, motorcyclist, or much smaller vehicle, the consequences for the smaller party can be disastrous. Accidents at high speed, accidents involving multiple vehicles, head-on accidents, and T-bone accidents also result in fatalities more often than other accidents. Even the most carefully designed cars cannot withstand the sudden, severe impact of crashes at high speeds involving other vehicles moving in the opposite direction. 

Injuries that can prove fatal to vehicle occupants, motorcyclists, and pedestrians include: 

  • Traumatic brain injuries from sudden stops, violent back-and-forth motions, or impact with hard objects 
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Internal bleeding
  • Broken bones, especially around vital organs 
  • Puncture wounds 
  • Lacerations 
  • Crush injuries 

Recovering Wrongful Death Compensation After a Car Crash

Having an experienced lawyer after a car crash that causes the death of a loved one can make the difference between receiving compensation for your loved one’s loss and not getting anything at all. Insurance companies want to save money and will offer low settlement amounts, if anything at all, in the hope that grieving relatives will accept the offer and put the matter behind them. 

But with the help of a lawsuit, wrongful death lawsuits can help a family recover the full compensation to which they are entitled. This can include compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages, funeral expenses, medical treatment, loss of consortium, and more. 

Meet with a Harris County Car Accident Fatality Lawyer

If your loved one was killed in a car crash, call a Houston car crash fatality attorney with Law Office of Shane R. Kadlec as soon as possible. Waiting too long after an accident can make it difficult to collect evidence and prove responsibility. Call 281-643-2000 today to schedule a free consultation and get a sense of your options before you speak with an insurance company or discuss a settlement offer. 

 

Source: 

https://www.iihs.org/topics/fatality-statistics/detail/state-by-state

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