We all accept the tragedy that deadly motor vehicle accidents occur in the U.S. every day. In the most recent years, traffic agencies reported that about 38,000 people on average were killed in crashes each year. Several million people are injured seriously enough to require medical care. Recent statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that an estimated 20,160 people were killed in traffic accidents in the first half of 2021, from January through June.
We know that the causes of deadly crashes remain largely the same as ever. The majority of crashes are caused by human error, including:
- Drunk driving
- Driving under the influence of pharmaceutical or illegal drugs
- Aggressive driving
- Careless driving
We also know that failure to wear a seat belt increases the risk of death. According to the CDC, seat belts reduce the risk of death by 45 percent for drivers and front seat passengers. People not wearing a seat belt are 30 percent more likely to be ejected from the vehicle, says the CDC, and 3 out of 4 people who are ejected during a crash ultimately die from their injuries. Thousands of lives are saved by seat belt use, and many thousands more could be saved with more seat belt use.
Furthermore, we know that the lives of families are forever altered by these tragedies. Attorney David Cole has handled numerous wrongful death cases, many of which were caused by motor vehicle accidents. Wrongful death has a wide variety of economic and non-economic impacts for the families left behind:
- Medical bills
- Funeral bills
- Burial or cremation costs
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of loved one’s benefits and income
In a wrongful death claim, Mr. Cole tirelessly pursues justice and compensation on your behalf, for each and every way your life has been impacted.
Finding Answers After a Catastrophic Crash
If a family member died in a crash caused by someone else’s negligence, please call experienced personal injury attorney David Cole at 603-643-4500. Located in Lyme, NH, Mr. Cole is proud to provide his representation services to people from across the region.