Personal injury compensation and automobile deaths decline, claims rise

by allan46 on March 16, 2011

Over 95% of motor vehicle accidents involve some degree of driver behavior. Drivers always try to blame road conditions, equipment failure, or other drivers for those accidents. When the facts are truthfully presented, however, the behavior of the implicated driver is usually the primary cause.

Studies have concluded that 80% of drivers involved in motor vehicle accidents believed that the other party could have done something to prevent the accident. A miniscule 5% admitted that they were the only one at fault. Surveys consistently reveal that the majority consider themselves to be more skillful and safer than the average driver. Some mistakes occur when a driver becomes distracted, perhaps by a cell phone call or a spilled cup of coffee.

Manufacturers are required by law to design and engineer cars that meet minimum safety standards. Computers, combined with companies’ extensive research and development, have produced safer vehicles that are easy and safe to drive. The most cited types of equipment failure are loss of brakes, tire blowouts or tread separation, and steering/suspension failure. With the exception of the recent rash of Firestone light-truck tire failures, combined totals for all reported equipment failure accounts for less than 5% of all motor vehicle accidents.

Motorists may blame roadway design for accidents, but it’s rarely the cause. Consultants such as the Texas Transportation Institute have spent years getting road barriers, utility poles, railroad crossings, and guardrails to their current high level of safety. Civil engineers, local governments, and law enforcement agencies all contribute to the design of safe road layouts and traffic management systems. State and federal governments provide guidelines to their construction, with design flexibility to suit local conditions.

So, when all is said and done the responsibility for a vehicle accident is, in the majority of cases one of the drivers involved in the accident. Regardless the cause, if the accident results in a personal injury, this results in a life changing event for that person. What was routine chore now becomes a burden. Family members and friends have to step in and help. Medical bills mount up and rehabilitation is part of your daily life. You look for ways to get compensated for your losses. Especially for severe injuries like a brain injury, Fort Lauderdale brain injury attorney  firms come to the rescue.

Personal injury claims from these accidents account for the majority of lawsuits filed each year. The main source paying out these claims are insurance companies. Unfortunately because of recent economic conditions, initial reports indicate a significant decrease in personal injury compensation paid out from insurance companies this past year even though the number of claims increased. About 90% of the claims that are paid out on a yearly basis never reach a court room. This is where Miami injury attorney firms are most helpful.

There’s no such thing as a simple accident, and knowing what to do after the accident doesn’t always come naturally. You don’t have to go it alone. The experienced Miami auto accident attorney at Steinger, Iscoe & Greene handle the details so you can focus on getting better. They have spent more than a decade protecting and fighting for the rights of victims just like you.
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