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Posted by Monica on Mar 14, 2017

Keeping Yourself Ready in Case of a Car Accident

Records from the U.S. Department of Transportation Statistical Records Office show more than 253 million registered vehicles and about five million unregistered others in the U.S. in 2012. Based on statistical data for the past decade, the number of vehicles added annually on U.S. roads is more than 500,000.

Motor vehicles, cars specifically, have become the most common means of transportation among Americans. But as the number of cars continues to increase on roads and highways, so does the number of car accidents.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports more than five million car accidents annually; more than two million of these cause injuries, while more than 30,000 result in death.

The Department of Transportation and other road safety authorities maintain that traffic accidents are almost always results of someone’s negligence or recklessness, thus, these are totally preventable. This statement cannot be contested, considering the fact that the most common recorded causes of accidents are drunk driving, speeding, reckless driving, driver error and distracted driving, all of which fall within the control of a driver. Another considerable percentage of car accidents, however, can be blamed on causes that fall outside drivers’ control: manufacturing defects and defective roads.

Laws have been passed to keep drivers and all others concerned from committing any act that would endanger the lives of others motorists and all those who share the road with them, like motorcycle riders, bicyclists and pedestrians. To stop drunk driving, for instance, a limit of 0.08% blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level has been mandated on car drivers, 0.04% BAC on commercial drivers and zero tolerance for individuals below the age of 21 (a much stricter law is imposed on teenagers since they are the ones who figure most in car accidents, either as victims or as liable parties).

Laws on the observance of speed limit are also imposed on roads and highways besides laws that require the use of seat belt and the prohibition of using a cell phone while driving. With regard to manufacturers (of cars and car parts), there is a standard of quality that determines the safety and crash-worthiness of their finished products.

Regardless of the cause of a car accident, it can create havoc with your body. The possible types of injuries are many, including:

  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Spinal cord injuries, including paraplegia and quadriplegia
  • Neck and back injuries, including sprains, strains, and
  • herniated discs
  • Burn injuries
  • Bone fractures
  • Torn ligaments
  • Facial injuries
  • Internal organ injuries
  • Internal bleeding
  • Lacerations
  • Scarring
  • Psychological damage: anxiety, phobias, PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)
  • Chronic pain
  • Death

A website with address,, provides helpful, detailed information about car accidents and the damages a victim may be able to recover from an at-fault driver. It also lists down what actions a person ought to do in the event of a car accident.

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