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Posted by Edna on Feb 26, 2014

The Tragedy of Preventable Car Accidents

Statistics show that of the 211 children aged 14 years and younger who died in drunk driving car accidents in 2010, more than half were in the vehicle with the drunk driver. The sudden death of a child is tragic in itself, but when it results from the irresponsibility of a friend or family member, it is doubly so. Incidents caused by negligence can be life-altering, affecting everyone involved, but especially for victims and their families.

It is a fact that more than 300,000 vehicular accidents occur every year in the U.S., and not all of them are due to negligence. But the majority of these accidents are due to driver error, so whenever one takes a vehicle on the road, the driver has a duty of care to those with whom he or she shares the road, including other vehicles and pedestrians. It is easy to forget how horrendous the consequences of a few seconds of inattention or failing to follow rules of the road can be until it actually happens, and by then it is too late.

Car and truck accidents that result in injury or death often involve long-term physical pain, extensive and costly medical care, financial hardship, and emotional distress. Even when intoxication is not a factor, driving practices such as texting while driving, distracted driving, speeding, and driving while fatigued are all examples of negligence that need to be forcefully addressed. These are incredibly irresponsible driving behaviors that all too often cause serious accidents. There have been too many innocent lives cut short as a result of poor driving habits that are essentially a function of human impatience.

If you or a close family member has been injured or died because the driver was careless, intoxicated, or otherwise negligent, it is your responsibility to put a stop to such behavior. Consult a personal injury attorney in your area to explore your legal options and enforce your civil rights in this matter to impose sanctions on the responsible party and get at least financially compensated for the damage that has been done.

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