Cars have become an essential part of human life it provides us with the freedom we need to get from point A to point B. However, let us not forget that cars are dangerous machines that can cause serious harm when not used correctly. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), car accidents are annually responsible for approximately 1.3 million deaths worldwide. In the United States of America according to the Annual United States Road Crash Statistics, more than 46,000 American die from car crash fatalities. Fifty-five percent of motor vehicle deaths were the result of single-vehicle crashes, according to 2020 statistics published by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).In Florida, there are over 1,000 car accidents every day! This makes Florida one of the most dangerous states for drivers in the country. Approximately 40% of all Florida car accidents end up causing injuries.The Association for Safe International Road Travel (ASIRT) reports that road traffic injuries are the leading cause of death among people aged five to 29. More than half of all road traffic deaths occur among vulnerable road users, such as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists, and they are also the single greatest annual cause of death of healthy U.S. citizens traveling abroad.In addition to devastation from the loss of life, car accident deaths also cause considerable economic loss to individuals, families and countries. The WHO reports these financial losses are related to the cost of medical treatment related to injury, lost productivity for those who are disabled or killed by their injuries and for family members who take time off of work or school due to caregiving or grief. The toll is expensive: deaths from car accidents ultimately cost most countries 3 percent of their gross domestic product.
Who Is The Most At Risk Of Dying In A Car AccidentFatal car accidents can happen at any time to anyone but there are some risk factors that might add to the risk of getting into car accidents.Age: Teen drivers (between the ages of 16 and 19) are more likely than any other age group to be involved in a car accident, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC).Gender: At all ages, males had higher per capita crash death rates than females in 2020. The highest rates of crash deaths were amongst males aged 20 to 24 according to the IIHS.Socioeconomics Status:WHO reports show that people from lower socioeconomic backgrounds are statistically more likely to be involved in road traffic crashes.Leading Causes Of Deadly Car AccidentsUnfortunately, human error and lack of responsible driving behavior account for the most fatalities on the road. These deaths could all be preventable. Fatal car accidents are most frequently caused by these leading factors:Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or DrugsEvery day, 32 people in the United States die from drunk driving car crashes. That’s one person every 45 minutes. Do not get behind the wheel of a vehicle if you are drunk, there are plenty of options on how to get home nowadays, like driving services.Lack of Proper Seat Belt UseUnrestrained vehicle occupants are more likely than restrained occupants to be fatally injured in a crash. In 2020, of those that were fatally injured in passenger vehicle crashes (aged 13 and older), 41 percent of passengers were properly wearing their seatbelts.SpeedingSpeeding was a factor in 29 % of fatal car accidents in 2020, and has been a factor in more than 25 % of crash deaths over the past decade.Distracted DrivingDistraction types vary and are difficult to quantify, but it is estimated that they accounted for more than 8 percent of all fatal motor vehicle crashes in 2020. Many were caused by cell phone use while driving, do not text and drive, it might just save your life or someone else life.Drowsy DrivingDriving while not fully awake and alert accounted for 1.6 percent of deadly traffic accidents in 2020.
What To Do If your Loved One Passed Away In A Car AccidentIf a car accident is in some way connected to the cause of death of your loved one, you may wish to pursue legal recourse. These cases are often complex because, unlike in personal injury lawsuits, the plaintiff is deceased. Survivors connected to the deceased may experience extreme emotional distress and or financial hardship, and may therefore be qualified to receive financial compensation for accident-related damages.The requirements for eligibility to bring a wrongful death lawsuit vary from state by state. This right is generally reserved for only the immediate family members, such as spouses or children, of the deceased. It may also extend to the decedent’s estate representative, other close family members, life partners, those who are financially dependent on the deceased and or those who have suffered financially due to the victim’s death.
How Much Is A Wrongful Death Lawsuit Worth?As is the case in any lawsuit, there are many factors that affect the value of compensation survivors may receive from a wrongful death case. Facts that may be taken into consideration for the value of a wrongful death case may include:
- The decedent’s age
- The decedent’s future earning capacity if they had survived the accident
- The decedent’s potential inheritance, if applicable
- Services and benefits the decedent would have provided
- Medical costs before death
- Pain and suffering of close family members