Car accidents are a way of life in the United States—at least statistically speaking. Someone in the U.S. is injured in a traffic crash every 14 seconds and every 12 minutes someone is killed. Based on car insurance industry estimates, the average driver will file an accident claim once every 18 years. That’s a total of three to four accidents over a lifetime of driving.
If you’ve landed on this page, chances are good that the odds have caught up with you. Avrek Law Firm, however, will never treat you like just another number. Our Irvine car accident attorneys have dealt with all types of car accident cases over our 30 years of experience. We know how serious an auto accident can be and how difficult the period that follows a major crash often is. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, contact Avrek Law Firm, today for a free case evaluation.
The Most Common Auto Accidents in California
There were 5,338,000 police-reported motor vehicle accidents in the U.S. in 2011. Despite a downward trend in traffic deaths nationwide, California was one of only three states to see an increase in traffic deaths. Overall, California was second only to Texas in 2011 traffic fatalities.
Part of this trend can no doubt be explained by California’s high population. The state also has the most motor vehicle registrations and the nation’s busiest highways, leading to interstate accidents. But according to Allstate, several cities in Orange County and Riverside County—including Irvine & Riverside—have very high accident rates. Of 198 cities analyzed, Irvine ranked 149, with an accident rate 25% higher than the national average.
In every part of the country, though, certain types of car accidents are more likely to occur than others. A number of different reports have been released ranking the most prevalent motor vehicle accidents. One, from carinsurance.com, reveals that the highest percentage of incidents, according to driver reports, involve the following:
- Struck another car (22.7%)
- Struck by another car (22.2%)
- Single car accident (7.9%)
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is one of the leading compilers of traffic accident data. A 2008 crash causation survey from the NHTSA shows that:
- About 36% of crashes involved vehicles turning or crossing at intersections (read more about intersection accidents).
- Around 22% of vehicles ran off the edge of the road.
- About 11% of vehicles failed to stay in the proper lane.
- 12% of the vehicles were stopped and about 9% lost control prior to the crash.
Separate NHTSA data shows that about 29% of all car crashes are rear-end accidents. Many rear end crashes occur on the congested roadways of Orange County and Riverside County. Even at low speed, these crashes can cause significant bodily harm.
Finally, certain types of accidents account for a disproportionate number of injuries and fatalities, including:
- Distracted Driving: Distracted driving accidents kill more than nine people and injure more than 1,060 people each day in the United States.
- Drunk Driving: 31% of all traffic-related deaths in 2010 were attributed to drunk driving accidents.
- Rollovers: Rollover accidents account for 33% of passenger vehicle fatalities.
- Speeding: 31% of traffic fatalities in 2011 were speeding-related.
The Most Common Auto Accident Injuries
The motor vehicle injury rate nationwide in 2011 per 100,000 people was 711, while the fatality rate per 100,000 was 10.39. As an overall risk for death, car accidents trail only heart disease, cancer, stroke, hospital infections, and flu. Unintentional injury—a category that includes auto accidents—is the top cause of injury for 1-44 year olds. An estimated 2,217,000 people were injured in motor vehicle accidents in 2011.
Grim as these numbers may appear, the good news is that many car accident injuries are non-crash injuries. That is, they occur in and around the car, but not during driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are some 607,000 non-crash passenger vehicle injuries per year. The leading causes are annoying but hardly life-threatening mishaps such as closing fingers or hands in car doors, falling while entering or exiting a vehicle, and overexertion during vehicle loading or unloading.
Cuts, bumps, and scrapes, of course, aren’t cause for legal assistance. Most car accident victims seek law firm help after suffering serious injuries that require extensive medical care. While injury can occur to any part of the body during an auto accident, insurance claims and personal injury lawsuits show that certain types of car accident injuries are more prevalent. They include:
- Brain and head injuries
- Neck injuries
- Face injuries
- Back injuries
- Extremity Injuries
- Psychological injuries
Any one of these injuries has the potential to cause life-altering harm and ongoing medical costs, making it vital for victims to recover the money they need. Even if you were in a minor accident, there is the possibility of suffering serious injury, so the first thing you should do after an accident is see a doctor. After seeking medical attention, you might also find it necessary to seek legal help.
Speak With an Experienced Riverside Car Accident Attorney at Avrek Law Firm Today
Avrek Law Firm, provides clients injured in auto accidents with the individualized attention they need and deserve. After all, no two car accidents—or clients—are the same. Our motor vehicle accident lawyers will look at the specific details of your case and apply our vast experience towards crafting the most effective possible legal strategy. We’ve recovered tens of millions of dollars on behalf of injured accident victims. See what Avrek Law Firm, can do for you…call 1.888.333.5009 or send an online message to start your free case review.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Impaired Driving: Get the Facts; Ten Leading Causes of Death and Injury; Distracted Driving
- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: 2010 Motor Vehicle Crashes: Overview; Traffic Safety Facts: Overview; Traffic Safety Facts: Speeding;
Traffic Safety Facts: Non-Crash Injuries; Children Injured in Motor Vehicle Traffic Crashes; National Motor Vehicle Crash Causation Survey: Report to Congress
- Technology Associates: Whiplash During Low Speed Impact: Fact or Fraud?
- Huffingtonpost.com: Traffic Deaths in 2011 fell to Record Low in U.S.
- Allstate: Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report
- Safercar.gov: Rollover