Causes and Types of Personal Injury Cases
The causes of personal injury are nearly limitless in number. All things and all people have the ability to do something or fail to do something that results in serious medical consequences for the victim. Below are examples of a few causes of personal injury that includes a few facts to remember.
You've probably heard that the most dangerous part of flying is the drive to and from the airport. In some ways, that's completely true. Cars weigh thousands of pounds and can travel at speeds of over 100 mph. The statistics in regards to car accidents are stunning. On the average, there are over 6 million car accidents in the United States every year, resulting in 3 million injuries, 2 million of which are permanent. Finally, car accidents are believed to cause upwards of 40,000 deaths per year.
Truck accidents may not be as common as car accidents in general, but they also tend to cause a much greater amount of damage and lead to much more serious injuries. The reasons are obvious - trucks are bigger, heavier, take longer to stop and/or avoid danger and often carry hazardous substances that only exacerbate the situation. On average, there are more than 125,000 truck accidents in the United States every year, leading to more than 60,000 injuries and more than 5,000 deaths. Truck accidents have been on the rise in recent years as well.
Although the sheer number of SUV rollovers is small compared to auto accidents, the rate of fatalities is alarmingly high. The reasons for these statistics should be obvious. SUV rollovers create a situation where thousands of pounds of steel can literally crush the SUV's inhabitants, and SUV's tend to have a narrow base, creating a greater statistical likelihood of rollovers. On average, there are nearly 5,000 deaths per year in the United States due to SUV rollovers.
Aviation accidents, at least when compared to other types of transportation accidents, are rare in number. However, every aviation accident carries the potential for disaster not only for those in the plane but for those in the area where a plane crashes. For instance, in 2004, there were 20 recorded aviation accidents, and over 500 people died as a result, creating a rate of more than 25 deaths per occurrence.
With rising fuel costs an ongoing concern, more and more people are taking the train to work. As a result, train accidents are resulting in a much higher degree of damage than in years past. On average, there are about 3,000 train accidents in the United States every year, and they have led to 1,000 fatalities per year. Train accidents also create ongoing environmental concerns, and potential injuries, for residents near the accident site.
ATV's are growing in popularity, and that means that ATV accident statistics are also on the rise. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, ATV accidents that resulted in death rose from 29 in 1982 to 470 in 2004. ATV accidents also led to over 136,000 injuries that same year.
Motorcycles are also gaining popularity as a result of high fuel costs and overall image. However, motorcycle accidents are one of the leading causes of personal injury, as the driver of a motorcycle is generally unprotected. On average, more than 2,300 people die every year in the United States as a result of motorcycle accidents. Not to mention, motorcycle accidents also result in nearly 50,000 serious injuries.
Boat accidents carry serious consequences as well, as every boat accident occurs over water, leaving passengers to have to swim to safety. The average number of fatalities due to boat accidents every year is over 1,000. Boat accidents also lead to more than 5,000 serious injuries in the United States every year.
Construction site accidents are on the rise in the United States given the recent building boom, and the injuries that result from these incidents are almost always serious in nature. Recent years have shown that construction site accidents resulted in over 300,000 injuries and over 1,000 deaths.
Amusement park accidents are also growing in prevalence, and these injuries are also quite severe on average, as the equipment used at these parks is enormous, and patrons are often placed in extremely dangerous and vulnerable positions. Over 270 million people visit these parks annually, and on average, amusement park accidents lead to over 7,000 injuries in a given year.
Offshore accidents are not only one of the prevalent causes of personal injury, but they present a complicated legal issue in terms of jurisdiction. As a result of the murky jurisdiction question, offshore accident statistics are difficult to gauge, but the US Coast Guard estimates that nearly 1,000 deaths occur annually as a result of these occurrences.
Drowning is obviously one of the most serious causes of personal injury, and every drowning that occurs as a result of negligence is brought as a wrongful death action. The US Government estimates that every year, over 3,000 people die as a result of drowning.
Dog bites are yet another issue that's growing in number, and the US Government has shown that there are an average of 5 million dog bite victims every year in the United States. Of these 5 million dog bites, over 800,000 people need medical attention and dozens of people die every year.
Although there are many other known causes of personal injury, the above situations warrant immediate consultation with an attorney. You have only peace of mind and a valid claim to lose, so contact an attorney today for a free consultation. He or she will be able to guide you through the legal process after an analysis of the facts surrounding the situation is completed.