Montana residents may be interested in learning more about recent data collected regarding car accidents and visits to the emergency room. Data published by the federal government states that during 2012, over 2.5 million people were brought to the emergency room for injuries suffered in a car crash. The total equates to a rate of almost 7,000 inured accident victims attending the emergency room every day. Almost 200,000 of these people suffered injuries that required an extended stay at the hospital.
According to the CDC, people over 80, young adults and teenagers account the majority of the injured accident victims attending the emergency room. Car accidents are typically the leading cause of injury in the United States. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration claims that motor vehicle collisions were attributed as the cause of more than 33,000 deaths in the country during 2012. The common cause for these wrecks are traffic violations, such as speeding, drunk driving, distracted driving, reckless driving or other infractions.
Driving while fatigued may also contribute to the high rate of accidents realized in the country. Recent studies suggest that drowsy drivers present as much risk of suffering an injury or fatality as drunk drivers. Sleep deprivation is most common amongst truckers, drivers employed by public transit and others who must travel overnight for work. A 2012 study revealed that 14 percent of the truckers and one out of five of the train operators came close to getting into accidents due to their fatigue.
Lawyers may be able to assist anyone who has been injured in an accident caused by another driver. Plaintiffs in these cases are often entitled to receive restitution designed to account for medical costs, repair expenses and other financial burdens related to the crash. In cases involving car accidents, legal counsel is usually required to prove that the defendant was driving negligently.