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Nobody likes to think about something happening to them or their family, but accidents happen every day and they can happen to you. Whether it is a car accident, a motorcycle accident or a work injury, accidents are part of life. One only has to look at the statistics to know that you are at risk every time you set foot out the door. If you have been involved in any type of accident, contact an accident law attorney today.
Each year, millions of car accidents are reported and a staggering 34,017 people are killed in those accidents according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). That means one person dies in a car crash every 12 minutes. In addition nearly three million people are injured in car related accidents. Of those killed in car accidents were 2,000 children under the age of fifteen, while another 250,000 kids sustained injuries. That means that 700 children are harmed every day. Speeding and driving under the influence were the leading causes of these accidents.
Truckers are at risk too. In 2008, according to the NHTSA's traffic safety facts, there were no less than 4,229 fatalities involving large trucks and 10,764 involving light trucks. Light truck injuries were totaled at 768,000. The cause of these trucking accidents was tire or wheel related, brake related, steering system failures or trailer overloads.
Bikers don't need to be told how dangerous driving their motorcycle is. In 2008, 5,290 bikers were killed driving their bike, while 96,000 were injured. More than half of those bikers killed were not wearing a helmet. The biggest problem with motorcycles was that they were not seen. 35% of these motorcycle accidents were speed related.
The good news is that work related injuries are decreasing. While in 2007, 5,488 people died while at work, in 2008 the number of fatalities went down to 3,696 according to the United States Department of Labor. Leading with 41% were transportation accidents. Other accidents were machine related, electrocution, falling or being hit by falling objects. The main reasons for these accidents were lack of training or failure to enforce the use of safety equipment.
Knowing all this, it pays to be careful, but even careful people have accidents. Should you ever be involved in an accident, speak to a lawyer today. Accident attorneys are trained professionals who know your rights.