A sobering story brings the startling news that more Americans have lost their lives on roads in car crashes since 2000 than in World Wars I and II – combined. In most of the cases, the drivers who caused the accidents were either speeding, drunk or distracted.
That news hits close to home considering that as many as in traffic collisions in 2018.
In this issue, the reputable Los Angeles car accident lawyer Ramtin Sadighim will discuss what’s behind the numbers and give you options for what to do if you or a loved one is involved in a car accident.
What is the Cause of Car Accidents?
As the Washington Post story indicates, most of the reported accidents are caused by “driver stupidity” with many of them often looking at their cellphones, driving too fast just for a thrill or drinking.
“Unfortunately, our research has repeatedly shown that people still believe (accidents) will happen to someone else, but not them,” said a spokesperson from the National Safety Council.
Diving deeper into the numbers, we find examples of people acting carelessly behind the wheel – with devastating results.
- Cellphone use while driving resulted in 800 deaths from car accidents in 2017 alone. Most involved drivers were not texting or emailing, but rather talking or merely glancing at their phones.
- Driving while nearly asleep behind the wheel led to more than 10,000 people losing their lives. A disturbing trend behind this fact is that many drivers who caused these accidents didn’t even realize how sleep-deprived they were at the time.
- An increase in speed limits was reported to have led to 37,000 deaths over the past 25 years. When nationwide speed limits were increased from 55 mph, some states increased theirs to 70, 80 and even 85 mph. Most highways in California have speed limits of 65 mph, but many go well beyond that without much thought.
As we wrote in a previous issue, most of us can expect to be involved in a car accident once every 17 years.
If and When it happens to you, it’s best to let a qualified personal injury lawyer fight on your behalf while you concentrate on fully recovery.
What Can I Do if a Loved One Loses their Life in a Car Accident in California?
While it’s never easy to lose a loved one, it can especially be painful if their death was caused by the negligence of another driver.
In such cases, the survivors of the deceased person (spouse, domestic partner, surviving children) can file a wrongful death lawsuit to seek damages. Compensation can include:
- Medical and funeral expenses
- Lost income
- Loss of anticipated financial support
In such cases, a personal injury lawyer who specializes in wrongful death is essential in recovering the losses and compensation for your suffering.
If You or a Loved One Has Been Hurt to Negligent Driving, Call Ramtin Sadighim, the Leading Car Accident Lawyer in Los Angeles
We have a proven record for aggressively fighting for the rights of those who have been injured by others or whose loved ones have had their lives tragically cut short.