Of the over 5 million automobile accidents on U.S. roadways, a tremendous percentage result in bodily injury, oftentimes with severe and debilitating consequences. The NHTSA advises that approximately 40,000 car accident fatalities occur each year across the country.
An additional 60,000 motorists are injured in collisions with semi trucks every 12 months, according to NHTSA reports. Sadly, because of the inherent nature of a passenger vehicle-semi accident, the injuries sustained by drivers and passengers in personal vehicles tend to be profound. Over 5,000 deaths occur annually in these types of accident, the deceased victim rarely being the big rig operator.
Consequences of Dog Bites
The United States is home to over 90 million dogs. Dogs are loyal animals, and most are friendly. With that said, every day people are injured as the result of dog bites. Time and time again, these incidents occur because an owner is somehow negligent in regard to a canine. There are nearly 5 million dog bite cases in the country annually. 800,000 dog bite victims are so seriously injured that they require medical care and treatment.
Premises Liability, Slip and Fall and Other Accidents
More than 1 million Americans end up in emergency departments each year as the result of a slip and fall accident. Many of these people sustained serious injuries in slip and fall accidents at stores, offices, and other similar types of locations. The person or entity in charge of a property which members of the public and others visit have a legal duty to keep these people reasonable safe when on the premises. This legal obligation is known as the doctrine of premises liability.
Construction Accidents and Major Bodily Injuries
An alarming number of accidents resulting in bodily injury occur at and around construction sites. Victims of construction accidents include not only workers but what many find to be a surprising number of civilians, including passersby in the vicinity of a building site at the time of a catastrophic event. Over 300,000 construction accident injuries occur each year, approximately 1,000 of them proving to be fatal.
Protecting Your Legal Rights in a Personal Injury Case
The stark reality is that personal injury claims are highly complex and oftentimes emotionally charged legal matters. If you have been injured as the result of the negligence of another party, you best protect your vital legal rights by retaining the professional services of an experienced, tenacious personal injury attorney. As a matter of general practice, a personal injury lawyer typically arranges an initial consultation and case evaluation at no cost to a prospective client.