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Auto Accident Injuries in Fort Lauderdale

Facts About Auto Accident Injuries

In 2009, there were 10.8 million automobile accidents in the United States, and 35,900 deaths as a result of them. This includes accidents between multiple vehicles, vehicle-pedestrian accidents, and accidents where vehicles struck stationary objects. Men are more likely to die in car crashes than women – more than twice as likely. In fact, as many as 73% of fatality victims in car crashes are male. The reasons for this are varied. Men drive up to 65% more miles than women. Women tend to take shorter trips, and female drivers have more minor car accidents than men.

What Are the Most Common Types of Car Accident Injuries?

Head and neck injuries are the most common injuries in car accidents. These types of injuries include:

Back injuries are also common, and include:

Internal organ injuries such as injuries to the kidneys, bowel, spleen, lung, liver, or heart can occur in car accidents. Fractured ribs are common as well. Upper limb injuries like fractures and joint injuries are common car crash injuries, as are injuries to the lower limbs, including fractures, sprains, ligament injuries, and Achilles tendon injuries.

Common Types of Car Accidents

Rear end collisions are the least fatal and most common type of automobile accident, with some 2.5 million collisions each year. Side impact accidents, rollover accidents, and head-on collisions are other common types of automobile accidents that result in injuries and fatalities.

Contributing factors:

  • Speeding is the cause of nearly 30% of accidents resulting in injuries. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, speeding is a contributing factor in almost one third of all fatal accidents.
  • Alcohol use is a leading cause of injuries and deaths on the road, causing an average of one death every 30 minutes and one injury every two minutes.
  • Falling asleep at the wheel is a factor in nearly 4% of all fatal crashes nationwide. Hundreds of people suffer injuries each year when drivers fall asleep behind the wheel.

What to do if You’re a Victim in South Florida

After getting medical attention, you should contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. At Kelley/Uustal, we have experience and resources to ensure that car crash victims get the care they deserve. Insurance companies do not have your best interests in mind after car crashes. Our Fort Lauderdale car accident lawyers at Kelley/Uustal are not afraid to stand up to big insurance companies, and we will do everything possible to see that your rights to treatment and compensation are protected.

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