Even though the Midwest gets some of the coldest temperatures during the winter, many residents agree that summer is one of the most dangerous seasons of the year. Not only is there a significantly higher motor vehicle related fatality rate between June and August, but there is a good chance many homeowners might lose their homes from a chaotic natural disaster.
An accident on the highway is a scary and life-altering experience for any of us and even more so when a truck is involved. Because of their massive size and weight, cars don't stand a chance when up against a truck in an accident. According to the IIHSHLDI (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety; Highway Loss Data Institute), approximately 4,000 fatalities occur each year nationwide in truck-related crashes.
With fundraisers and celebrity contributions, it is likely that charities raised millions of dollars to support the victims of the recent natural disasters across the country. You may have joined others in South Dakota who watched news coverage of devastating winds and floods, leaving destruction and death behind. You were probably horrified to hear of the number of people who died in those storms.
Statistics often have little meaning and are quickly forgotten. But statistics about fatal auto accidents should be different. Those statistics should be alarming to all of us. Those statistics aren't just numbers; they are people - friends, family members and people we've never met.
A bad car accident can change your life. But a catastrophic auto accident can injure a victim so severely they may never work again or recover sufficiently to live normally. The victim's world - and their family's world - has been turned upside down. If the other driver was at fault, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your harms and losses. Contacting a personal injury lawyer is crucial to protect your rights.