While the motor vehicle has revolutionized society and adds comfort and convenience to our lives today, there is no doubt that cars can be dangerous. In fact, car crashes are a leading cause of unintentional injury and death in the United States. If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident that caused serious injuries, you may have a right to compensation. If you have lost a loved one to a car accident, our car accident attorneys at the office of Tetzel Law can help. Call us today to learn more about your rights and how we’ll advocate for them. 

Fatal Car Crash Statistics in the U.S. 

In 2022, the most recent year for which finalized data are available, there were 42,795 car fatal car crashes in the U.S. This comes out to over 117 fatal car accidents per day in our country. What’s more, this was a more than 16 percent increase in the number of fatal car accidents from 2018—a worrying trend. 

Top Risk Factors for Car Accidents

No one who utilizes the roadways and travels in a motor vehicle, whether as a passenger or as a driver, is immune from the risks of being involved in a car accident. Even drivers who are safe and responsible themselves risk the unsafe actions of others. However, there are certain risk factors that increase the chances of a car accident occurring, or increase the risk of a car accident being fatal if it does occur. Three of the biggest risk factors are: 

  1. Speed — An increase in the speed at which a vehicle is traveling is directly linked both to an increase in the risk of an accident and an increase in the severity of accident. 
  2. Using alcohol or drugs — Driving while under the influence of brain-altering substances significantly increases the risk of crash, as alcohol and psychoactive substances can slow reaction time, impair judgment, and affect motor control. 
  3. Driving while distracted — Studies have shown that driving while distracted may be just as dangerous as driving while intoxicated. Data show that drivers who use mobile phones while driving are about four times more likely to be involved in a crash than drivers who don’t use mobile phones while driving. 

Common Non-Fatal Injuries & Recovering Compensation After a Car Accident

A fatal car accident is tragic. And while the hope is that a car accident is never severe enough to cause death, non-fatal injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, crush injuries, and internal injuries can be devastating and life-altering. If you’ve been involved in a car accident where you’ve suffered serious injuries, you deserve to be compensated. Through a personal injury claim, you may be able to recover compensation for the value of your economic and noneconomic damages. 

Call Tetzel Law Today 

To learn more about your legal rights after a crash and how a Massachusetts car accident attorney can help you get the settlement you and your family deserve, call Tetzel Law directly today or reach out to us online for a free, no-obligation consultation. You can reach us at (617) 742-1700.