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In the U.S., with 240 million vehicles on the road, accidents do occur. Yet, you don't have to suffer after an accident due to negligence.
Each year, 100,000 crashes occur in Maryland, with 50,000 people injured. Roughly 580 people die each year from such crashes.
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What's behind most accidents?
Many of the deaths and injuries in car accidents stem from the following risks:
• Distracted driving: In 2010, 18 percent of accidents resulted when drivers didn't pay attention.
• Reckless driving: Drivers who ignore traffic signals or speed cause a great deal of accidents.
• Drunk driving: Those who are impaired caused 10,000 accidents in the U.S. in 2010.
• Cell phones: Texting and driving results in 24,000 injuries in the U.S. annually.
Vehicles cause accidents, injuries, and deaths as well. This includes:
•Trains: In 2012, 10,000 train accidents in the U.S. occurred, killing 700 people. In Maryland, nearly 100 people died in train accidents in 2012.
• ATVs: In 2011, 100,000 emergency department visits in the U.S. stemmed from misuse of ATVs.
• Cars: 3 million people are hurt in car crashes in the U.S. annually, and 40,000 are killed.
• Motorcycles: 11 percent of all roadway accidents that occur in the U.S. involve motorcycles.
• Tractor trailers: These dangerous vehicles are deadly due to their size.
• Recreational vehicles: RVs often cause injuries due to their lager size.
• Commercial trucks: Delivery and moving trucks often cause crashes, flip, or slip their contents.
• Buses: In 2008, 11,000 bus crashes occurred in the U.S., injuring 24,000 people.
These accidents are often brought on by problems with the mechanicals of the vehicle, such as brakes, steering, suspension, and tires. In other cases, drivers are behind the mistakes made, sometimes due to a lack of sleep. Poorly designed roadway surfaces, lack of guard rails, no road signs, malfunctioning lights, and poor roadway maintenance also contribute.
What can these accidents cause?
Aside from damage to property, car crashes can cause a great deal of injury and even death to individuals, including:
• Broken bones
• Brain injuries
• Head trauma
• Neck and back injuries
• Spinal injuries
• Road rash
• Loss of limbs
What should you do after a car or motorcycle accident?
If you've been involved in a car, truck, or motorcycle accident, take action right away to protect yourself. If you are hurt, call 911. No matter how minor the incident, you also need to take the time to do the following:
• Gather the facts, including writing down where it occurred, the names and addresses of witnesses, and license plates of those involved.
• Exchange your identification with other drivers and get theirs, including insurance information.
• Talk to your doctor about any aches and pains or other injuries you have.
• Contact your attorney. Let us handle the process of filing and collecting your claim to ensure you get fair compensation for your losses.
Understanding the Federal Employers Liability Act
Railroad workers hurt or killed while working are protected under the Federal Employers' Liability Act (FELA), which provides compensation to the worker or his or her family should an injury occur while working. The law, created in 1908, protects employees and works to improve railroad safety measures.
To collect compensation under FELA, an employee must prove the railroad was negligent in some way. This may include providing the railroad didn't provide a safe environment. If negligence occurred, the workers may be entitled to:
• Past and future medical expense compensation
• Past and future loss of earnings compensation
• Emotional pain and suffering compensation
• Families of deceased workers can recover for financial loss and pain and suffering
If you've been hurt in an accident, including car, truck, motorcycle, or railroad accident, it is essential that you contact an aggressive attorney that's willing to work hard to defend your rights. At Mallon & McCool Attorneys at Law, you'll have a trusted team of professionals working to do just that.