Vehicles have changed a lot over the last few decades. Since their introduction to the consumer world, cars have become safer and more secure for those who choose to drive them and ride in them. Features like anti-lock brakes, seatbelts and airbags are just a few of the standard features that Washington residents may find in their new automobiles.
While these and other features have saved lives and made cars generally safer than they were in the past, an alarming number of individuals are still hurt and killed in collisions each and every year. For example, in 2016 the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration noted that 37,461 people died in vehicle collisions that year.
When vehicle accidents happen a number of damaging events may occur. A person may suffer injuries like broken bones or head and brain injuries when their body colides with the interiors of their own cars. They may suffer burns and abrasions if they are thrown from their vehicle or they suffer tissue and muscle damage due to the forces exerted upon them by their collisions.
Many factors may influence how dangerous or deadly an accident is. Speed, weather conditions, driver distractions and precautionary measures undertaken by drivers and passengers can all play into whether an accident is avoidable or fatal. These factors can all become relevant when a victim chooses to pursue their accident-related losses through personal injury or wrongful death litigation.
There are a number of safety features contained in modern cars that can help individuals survive collisions and crashes. However, deaths and injuries do still occur on American roads, and when they do car accident victims should understand their legal rights and options for seeking the recovery of their losses.