Drivers who are serious about road safety can reduce their risk of a motor vehicle accident, but they cannot control the behavior of others on the road. Car accidents can happen anytime and anywhere if a driver violates safety rules or makes careless choices that endangers everyone.
Recently, Forbes published an article taking a closer look at just how often an individual driver is likely to become involved in a car accident. These statistics can help you better understand your collision risk.
How Often are Drivers Involved in Car Accidents?
Forbes provided details from car insurers about how frequently claims are made. According to insurance industry claim statistics, an average motorist will file a claim arising out of involvement in a motor vehicle accident around once every 17.9 years. This means a person who gets his license at age 16 is statistically likely to be involved in a car accident by age 34. The average frequency with which claims occur also mean a typical driver will have anywhere from three to four accidents over the course of a normal driving lifespan.
Most car accidents are not fatal. Around 10 million collisions occur in the U.S. each year, ranging from minor fender-benders to crashes causing serious injuries or fatalities. Around three out of 1,000 accidents result in death to at least one party involved in the collision.
While the crash may not be fatal, there is a significant chance of someone getting hurt and of the accident costing a lot of money. More than two million people nationwide get hurt in car accidents and the average claim for injuries is $23,450. The driver who causes this damage should pay for the costs in fault states like California, while in some other locations each drivers own insurer pays for injury expenses unless the injuries cross a certain threshold of severity. As Forbes points out, while insurance foots the bill for these accidents as they occur, it is actually drivers paying for accidents through policy premiums. You pay for insurance to cover car accidents, and you should ensure you receive full and fair compensation whenever you are hurt in one. This means it is important to speak with a legal advocate who can provide assistance in getting the high costs of accident injuries covered.
A Long Beach Car Accidents Lawyer Can Help
Your Injuries are Personal to Me
Although statistics suggest most drivers will get into car accidents during their driving life, most drivers are not frequently involved in collisions. This means most drivers do not know exactly how to react in the aftermath or how to use the law to protect their interests. A Long Beach accident lawyer can help victims pursue a damage claim after a car accident so they can obtain monetary compensation if someone hurt them in the crash.
The Law Office of Michael D. Waks provides representation in car accident cases. I have helped many clients to successfully recover for economic and non-financial losses caused by car crashes. I will fight for your right to full compensation.
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