A traffic collision, also known as a motor vehicle collision (MVC), traffic accident, motor vehicle accident, car accident, automobile accident, road traffic collision, road traffic accident, wreck, car crash, or car smash occurs when a vehicle collides with another vehicle, pedestrian, animal, road debris, or other stationary obstruction, such as a tree or utility pole. Traffic collisions may result in injury, death and property damage.
A number of factors contribute to the risk of collision, including but not limited to vehicle design, speed of operation, road design, road environment, driver skill, impairment due to alcohol or drugs, and behavior, notably speeding, racing or distracted driving. Worldwide, motor vehicle collisions lead to death and disability as well as financial costs to both society and the individuals involved. Road injuries resulted in 1.4 million deaths in 2013, up from 1.1 million deaths in 1990. About 68,000 of these occurred in children less than five years old. Almost all high-income countries have decreasing death rates, while the majority of low-income countries having increasing death rates due to traffic collisions. Middle-income countries have the highest rate with 20 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants, 80% of all road fatalities by only 52% of all vehicles. While the death rate in Africa is the highest (24.1 per 100,000 inhabitants), the lowest rate is to be found in Europe (10.3).
In the United States 4.4 million people were injured in motor vehicle crashes on U.S. roads in 2015. Of those injured, 38,300 died as a result of the motor vehicle crash. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, ten percent of the fatal crashes, 18 percent of the injury crashes, and 16 percent of all police-reported motor vehicle traffic crashes were due to distracted driving. The Sumner Law Group is trying to raise awareness on the dangers of distracted driving. Brent Sumner regularly speaks about the dangers of using your cell phone while driving. The Sumner Law Group is working hard to raise awareness on the dangers of distracted driving with the hopes of saving lives.
If you are injured in a motor vehicle crash, you should contact a St. Louis and Illinois personal injury attorney. Car insurance companies pay billions of dollars per year for motor vehicle damages and injuries related to the crash. The simple truth is insurance companies want to save money when dealing with car crashes. Don’t allow the car insurance company to cheat you out of money you deserve by not hiring a personal injury lawyer.