According to the World health Organization there were over 1.24 million worldwide car accident related deaths for the year of 2010.Young adults aged15-44 account for over half of these fatalities and 3 out of 4 of these deaths are of young men. At the Law Offices of Joseph Ostad we have helped thousands of clients and their families recover from the devastating effects of a car accident and we can help you as well.
Worldwide it is believed that over 1.3 million persons were killed and more than 50 million were seriously injured in car accidents in 2004.This makes car accidents the top cause of death among minors aged 10-18 years old .Over 250 thousand children die each year and more than10 million are injured in car accidents in the United States. Car accidents are the 5th leading preventable cause of death in the United States with 46,700 people killed and more than 2 million injured in 2005. Accident statistics are often significantly under reported and misclassified with deaths at the scene being recorded but later deaths in hospitals being overlooked. This appears to be the same with serious injuries not being reported at all unless an ambulance was called to the scene. Also the veracity of reporting can vary greatly over time and between sources. In the United States,29 states reported a decrease in the number of car accident deaths between 2005 and 2006.This can be attributed to seat belt laws although in 2006 57% of drivers and passengers 16 years or older were not wearing seat belts when they crashed. Fatal car accidents trends tend to follow Smeed’s law which correlates increased fatality rates with traffic congestion.Listed are the most common types of car accidents with their percentage to occur and percentage of fatalities:
1)Rear impacts: 29.2% US crashes, 5.4% of US fatal crashes 2)Side impacts: 28.5% US crashes, 20.5%US fatal crashes 3)Run-off-road collisions: 16.1% US crashes, 31.7% US fatal crashes 4)Collisions with animals: 4.7% US crashes, 0.3% US fatal crashes 5)Rollovers :2.3% US crashes, 10.9% of US fatal crashes 6)Head-on collision:2.0% of all US crashes, but 10.1% of US fatal crashes 7)Collisions with pedestrians and bicyclists:1.8% of US crashes 13.5% of US fatal crashes 8)Back-up collisions: killed 221 in the US in 2007, and injured over14,000.This is the most common types of non-traffic car accident in which children 15 and younger are killed.
Rollovers,head-on collisions and pedestrian and bike crashes are only 6% of all crashes combined but cause over 35% of traffic-related deaths.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident call me at 800 320-0080 or visit me at my conveniently located offices in Rockville or Baltimore today.