Life is unpredictable. Albert Einstein said that, “Learn from yesterday, live for today, and hope for tomorrow.” Though we have control of most our surrounding, we still can’t control everything. And accidents and injuries are a major part of the things we can’t fully control. Car accidents are major cause of taking lives in US. As an example here are some statistics about car accident in US:
Road Accident Statistics 2012-2014
- More than 80% car crashes occur at the urbanized areas.
- Every year around 500,000 people walking in the roads gets injured by car accidents.
- Around 300,000 people get injured every year.
- Almost 60% fatalities involve passenger cars.
- 200,000 people are fatally injured every year.
Types of Injury
Injuries caused by accidents are categorized as general and special injuries.
- Special Injury: Injury that can’t be measured by value. Such as pain or emotional disturbance. These are basically mental and physical injuries.
- General Injury: Injury that can be measured by a certain value. Such as loss of property, repair cost etc.
What Car Accident Law Says
- Driving under influence is punishable by up to 5 years of imprisonment. This also includes up to $2000 fine.
- Property damages through car accident may lead to a sentence of 1-5 years of imprisonment plus cash penalties for the damages
- Hit and run (without causalities) is punishable by up to 6 months in a jail and maximum $1000 fine.
- If someone crashes a car while driving without a license then they may lose their driving license for a year or more.
- Penalties for vehicular manslaughter may lead up to 10 years of serving in a state prison.
What to Do After a Car Accident
After an accident you should do the followings:-
- Keep calm.
- Call 911 for help.
- Do not panic and flee.
- If you are injured get medical care.
- If you are not injured help the injured.
- Be supportive to the police and emergency team.
- Do not hide anything, even if you were at fault.
- Call an accident attorney for legal support.
What an Attorney Will Do
- Your attorney will collect necessary evidence to prove who was actually at fault.
- An attorney will defend you in the court. If no hard evidence was found then you will get a better position in the case.
- Your attorney will arrange a negotiation with you opponent to provide you with structural settlement.
- He or she will also try to minimize the penalty in case you are charged with any major cause.
After you win the case you can conclude your case by collecting your claim or rights. This can be a little hard too, but if you can come this far then you can handle the aftermath as well. So get a lawyer, fight for your rights and enjoy the success. Just like Franklin D. Roosevelt said, “Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.”