Low-impact vehicular accidents often leave no skid marks or noticeable damage to either vehicle. Still, studies show that vehicle impact velocity of only 2.5 miles per hour can cause injuries to occupants. Sometimes, those injuries linger for a very long time.
Many of us have felt our ire rise when provoked by another driver. Provocation, whether real or perceived, is a leading cause of road rage in the United States, according to a 2020 survey by The Zebra, which bills itself as the “leading insurance comparison site” and is often cited for its research.
Even on the nicest day, people can get into car accidents. There will always be drivers on the road who aren’t paying attention and driving recklessly, as well as safe drivers who may have an accident through no fault of their own.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the federal agency tasked with establishing and enforcing safe and healthy workplace practices and standards, annually releases a list of the nation’s “Top Ten Safety Violations.” Invariably, the list is topped by slips, trips and falls.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and its latest statistics, distracted driving — which often involves talking or texting on a cellphone — claimed 2,841 lives in 2018. Among those killed were 1,730 drivers, 605 passengers, 400 pedestrians, and 77 bicyclists.
According to the CDC, each year in the United States, about three million people are non-fatally injured in motor vehicle crashes. Many of these injuries are sustained by passengers in vehicles, who likely had little to no control over the accident.
The time period after a car accident can be extremely confusing. You’re flustered, upset, and you may be injured. It can be difficult to determine what to do next. However, the steps you take immediately after your accident can affect your ability to recover damages.