What is the full impact of car crashes in the United States?

On Behalf of | Jan 10, 2019 | Personal Injury

Personal injuries can result from many different situations, but one of the most common is the car crash. A car crash can lead to head injuries, neck or back injuries and other wounds that require time to heal. Some people suffer injuries that are so serious that they may never be the same.

Did you know that approximately 1 million people end up in hospitals around the country annually as a result of being involved in car crashes? It’s safe to say that car crashes are not uncommon, and they do have the potential to change millions of lives.

How much is the average car crash claim worth?

In terms of a personal injury, the average person has bills of around $3,300 from emergency department visits. However, each hospitalization averages out to $57,000 over the course of the person’s life.

How do motor vehicle crashes impact Americans?

A 2012 chart from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that for every person who is killed in a crash, eight others are hospitalized. For every eight who are hospitalized, another 100 are taken to the emergency department for treatment and released.

The sad reality of car crashes is that the majority are completely preventable. If people take the time to focus on the road, get to know the local driving laws and don’t speed or drive recklessly, they’re more likely to get to their destinations safely. When people choose to drink and drive, drive while tired or decide to be negligent in other ways, they put themselves and others in danger.


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