With millions of vehicles on the road each day, auto accidents are an unfortunate reality of life. Sometimes they involve nothing more than minor fender benders; however, there are more serious accidents that can have tragic consequences. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that in 2012, over 400,000 people sustained injuries due to distraction-related car crashes. Car accidents are traumatic events that can lead to medical bills, lost work wages, prolonged physical and emotional suffering, severe disability, and even death. Mann, Wyatt & Tanksley practices primarily in auto injury accidents with a proven track record of success. Let’s look at some of the most common automobile injury accidents and their causes.
Distractions both physical and mental can greatly impair judgment and our ability to operate an automobile. The majority of car accidents are due to distracted driving (i.e. texting, talking on the phone, etc.), drivers who are intoxicated, inclement weather conditions, and negligent or reckless driving. Auto accidents are commonly caused by speeding, following too closely, changing lanes, and turning in front of oncoming vehicles. Driver fatigue is also a major factor contributing to collisions. Climbing behind the wheel without enough sleep is just as dangerous as driving under the influence or driving while texting. To help avoid accidents, drivers must be aware of their surroundings and function at a high enough level to safely react to traffic or road conditions.
The Likelihood of Auto Accidents Increase with Each Distraction
If an accident does occur, there are several common injuries that can have serious long-term effects. Some of the most frequent injuries that result from auto accidents include neck or head injuries, spinal cord and back injuries, and facial injuries caused by hitting the steering wheel. Automobile collisions generate tremendous force with the power to inflict internal injuries to your brain, bowels, heart, kidneys, spleen, and other organs. If you’ve been involved in an auto accident, contact the lawyers at Mann, Wyatt & Tanksley – in Lawrence and Manhattan KS, so we can analyze your case. We treat every client like an person rather than another file, and we work hard to win you fair and just compensation for your suffering. It’s our job to worry about your legal case, so you can focus your energy on recovering!