Automobile accidents comprise a large proportion of personal injury lawsuits in the United States. With over 276 million registered vehicles in the U.S., it is no surprise that accidents are commonplace. Factor in other issues, such as cell phone usage, drinking and driving, weather conditions, teenagers, and speeding, the likelihood of being involved in a car accident are fairly high.
Over the course of a typical lifespan, it has been estimated that an individual will have three or four accidents. According to the National Safety Council, the odds of dying in a motor vehicle crash are 1 in 102.
In 2016, there were 4.6 million medically-consulted injuries that resulted from motor vehicle accidents. Of these incidents, an estimated $416.2 billion in costs stemmed from medical expenses, motor vehicle property damage, wage and productivity losses, employer costs, and administrative expenses. Personal injury attorneys who specialize in automobile accidents will fight to help their clients recoup money, also known as damages, for injuries sustained in an accident.