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VEHICLE
ACCIDENTS
DIFFERENT TYPES, COMMON
INJURIES
TRANSPORTATION:
NATIONAL
Americans spend a lot of time on the road. According to the
U.S. Department ofTransportation, the...
TRANSPORTATION:
STATE
Last year, there were approximately 99.8 billion vehicle-miles
of travel on Pennsylvania’s 120,000 m...
CAUSESOFCRASHES I
Driving a vehicle is a big responsibility and is not to
be taken lightly.Yet, many motorists take
consid...
CAUSESOFCRASHES II
Disregarding the rules of the road or engaging in unsafe
activities while driving can be considered neg...
CAUSESOFCRASHES III
While the negligence of the driver is the most common reason
for a vehicle accident, there are other p...
CARACCIDENTS
There are more than 250 million passenger cars registered in the
U.S. and, despite many safety features, thei...
TRUCKACCIDENTS
Accidents with commercial trucks are some of the most
devastating because of their sheer size. An average t...
MOTORCYCLE
ACCIDENTS
The freedom of the open road comes at a steep price for
many people who choose to ride motorcycles. B...
BUSACCIDENTS
Almost 600 commercial buses were involved in crashes in the
Keystone State last year, plus another 314 school...
COMMON INJURIES
Non-fatal vehicle accidents can result in just about every injury
imaginable to motorists and passengers. ...
WHATCANYOU DO?
Whether you are a motorist, a passenger, a truck driver, or a
motorcyclist, we are all at risk and we all s...
HAVEYOU BEEN
INJURED INAVEHICLE
ACCIDENTOR LOST
SOMEONEYOULOVE
INONE?
Regardless of the type of vehicle, every driver owes...
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Vehicle Accidents

  1. 1. VEHICLE ACCIDENTS DIFFERENT TYPES, COMMON INJURIES
  2. 2. TRANSPORTATION: NATIONAL Americans spend a lot of time on the road. According to the U.S. Department ofTransportation, the nearly 3.15 trillion miles Americans drove in 2015 set a new record. Motor vehicle travel, including passenger cars, commercial trucks, motorcycles, and buses, went up in all five U.S. regions. All this driving represents an increase in vehicles on the road at any given time, raising the probability of an accident. Indeed, 2015 saw more than 35,000 traffic fatalities across the country, which was the highest increase in almost 50 years. That’s in addition to the millions of collisions that are not deadly but result in serious injuries.
  3. 3. TRANSPORTATION: STATE Last year, there were approximately 99.8 billion vehicle-miles of travel on Pennsylvania’s 120,000 miles of roads, resulting in 127,127 reportable traffic crashes.These crashes were fatal for 1,200 people and caused injury to another 80,004.That means on average:  There were 348 reportable traffic crashes each day (about 15 crashes every hour).  There were 3 people killed in reportable traffic crashes each day (one death every 7 hours).  There were 225 people injured in reportable crashes each day (about 9 injuries every hour).
  4. 4. CAUSESOFCRASHES I Driving a vehicle is a big responsibility and is not to be taken lightly.Yet, many motorists take considerable safety risks by not following traffic laws or by driving while unable to focus on the task. For example, car accidents are the leading cause of death among 15- to 20-year-olds; primary reasons are not wearing a seatbelt, speeding, and alcohol consumption.
  5. 5. CAUSESOFCRASHES II Disregarding the rules of the road or engaging in unsafe activities while driving can be considered negligence if a crash happens that causes injuries to others. Driver error, such as one of the following, is a factor in the majority of accidents:  Speeding/driving too fast for the conditions  Drunk driving  Distracted or inattentive driver  Tired drivers  Tailgating/following too closely  Disregarding traffic control devices.
  6. 6. CAUSESOFCRASHES III While the negligence of the driver is the most common reason for a vehicle accident, there are other parties that may be responsible. Liability can lie with engineers who designed a defective road, municipalities that inadequately maintained a road, work zone crews that created a hazardous condition, dock crews that improperly loaded a trailer, employers that did not thoroughly train or supervise employees, mechanics that did not properly repair or maintain a vehicle, and more.
  7. 7. CARACCIDENTS There are more than 250 million passenger cars registered in the U.S. and, despite many safety features, their popularity means that they are involved in accidents more often than any other vehicle type.When combined with light trucks, vans, and SUVs, these four types accounted for the vast majority of Pennsylvania crashes and occupant deaths last year.The most common types of car accidents were:  Hitting a fixed object (embankments, guiderails, curbs, signs, trees, poles, etc.)  Head-on  Hitting a pedestrian  Backing up.  Angle  Rear-end  Sideswipe
  8. 8. TRUCKACCIDENTS Accidents with commercial trucks are some of the most devastating because of their sheer size. An average truck that is fully loaded can weigh more than 80,000 pounds, while an average car weighs less than 3,500 pounds. Some trucks haul hazardous or flammable materials, which automatically creates more danger simply by the nature of the truck's load. Almost 7,500 heavy trucks were involved in Pennsylvania crashes last year alone.
  9. 9. MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS The freedom of the open road comes at a steep price for many people who choose to ride motorcycles. Bikes have no enclosed passenger compartment, airbags, or seatbelts, so accidents often result in catastrophic injuries.Their thinner, less noticeable profiles can render them invisible to other drivers, who never even see the motorcycles when making left-hand turns in front of them or side-swiping them when changing lanes. In some instances, aggressive drivers seem to aim right for motorcycle operators or to deliberately follow too closely.
  10. 10. BUSACCIDENTS Almost 600 commercial buses were involved in crashes in the Keystone State last year, plus another 314 school buses. Similar to commercial tractor-trailers, buses are massive, and bus accidents can result in devastating injuries to bus drivers, bus passengers, pedestrians, or other motorists. Buses also pose a danger of rolling over in a crash, ejecting passengers and landing on other vehicles.As motor carriers, commercial buses are overseen by the federal government, yet many have been allowed to continue operating despite having had persistent safety violations.
  11. 11. COMMON INJURIES Non-fatal vehicle accidents can result in just about every injury imaginable to motorists and passengers. Head trauma in the form of a concussion or traumatic brain injury is common because, upon vehicle impact, the brain continues traveling until it is stopped by the inside of the skull.These back-and-forth jolts can cause bruising, bleeding, and tearing of nerve fibers. Other frequent injuries include: Combining deaths, injuries, and property damage, the Pennsylvania Department ofTransportation has calculated that the estimated economic loss per every man, woman, or child in the state was $1,103 in 2015.  Broken bones in arms, legs, and chest  Internal bleeding and bruising  Whiplash  Spinal cord damage and paralysis  Burns.  Crushed limbs
  12. 12. WHATCANYOU DO? Whether you are a motorist, a passenger, a truck driver, or a motorcyclist, we are all at risk and we all share the responsibility for safety. Help yourself on Pennsylvania’s roads by:  Paying attention – put down the phone!  Staying alert – don’t drive while tired or impaired by alcohol.  Driving defensively – be mindful of other vehicles and pedestrians.  Not speeding – higher speeds make it harder to control your vehicle.  Keeping a safe following distance.  Maintaining your vehicle.  Wearing a helmet and full protective gear when riding a motorcycle.
  13. 13. HAVEYOU BEEN INJURED INAVEHICLE ACCIDENTOR LOST SOMEONEYOULOVE INONE? Regardless of the type of vehicle, every driver owes a duty of care to others on the road. Unfortunately, some people do not take that responsibility seriously, and their recklessness can cause serious harm to others. If you have been injured in a traffic accident that you believe was someone else’s fault, you might be entitled to financial compensation.You need an advocate fighting for you against insurance investigators that are looking for ways to lowball a claim – or to avoid paying it altogether. ContactWapner Newman today for your free consultation, either by filling out our online form or by calling us at 1-800-LAW-6600.

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