Car accidents often result in serious injury. As many as 45% of the five-point-five million people involved in an automobile accident each year will experience some level of debilitating injury that results in their being out of commission for a protracted period of time. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car crash our experienced attorneys can help. Such an individual will be unable to work for a certain period of time; this translates to lost wages. For many Americans today, that is an insufferable condition, which means they can’t meet the expenses they need to meet in order to be able to survive. The recovery process from a car accident usually involves a lot of pain and suffering, particularly in terms of physical therapy, as well as other measures undertaken to assist a person in literally getting back on their feet. Sometimes, certain basic functions… such as walking, or using one’s arms to full efficiency… can take years to fully restore, and there is a significant chance of permanent impairment on some level.
Finally, all of that therapy and medical care comes with a heavy price tag. This alone is capable of bankrupting most modern-day American citizens, and charitable help is rarely forthcoming. All together, this is a substantial series of headaches, which is often the result of someone else’s poor driving behavior.
- Alcohol: For drivers over the age of 21, a blood alcohol content of 0.08% is considered “too impaired to drive,” and yet as many as 1/3 of the 30,000+ fatal automobile accidents in the United States each year can be directly attributed to alcohol. Your average drunk driver, meanwhile, will drive under the influence more than 80 times before being caught.
- Distractions: Distracted drivers contribute to as many as 1 in 8 fatal accidents – the same proportion that is placed upon the shoulders of irresponsible semi-truck and large vehicle drivers. Distracted driving is a rapidly growing problem in our country as sources of distraction within our cars continue to increase; meanwhile, with cars being made more comfortable and multifunctional, behavioral trends are also worsening.
- Speeding doesn’t result in the majority of overall accidents; in fact, it’s in the significant minority with regards to the number of accidents caused, even when coupled with other aggressive behaviors. Unfortunately, with nearly 5.5 million accidents per year on our nation’s highways, that minority still accounts for thousands upon thousands of accidents, including a much more significant portion of fatal accidents – 1 in 3, as many as are attributed to drunk driving.
Don’t allow another motorist to continue to wreck your life after the immediate event of an accident for which you were not found at fault. If you or someone you know has been injured in an automobile accident, call our Grant’s Pass, OR law offices today, or contact one of our other offices in the greater region if there is one that better corresponds to where you live. You deserve to have your pain and suffering recognized, to be compensated for medical expenses and loss of income, and to otherwise be helped back onto your feet.