People in Wisconsin could be taking their lives in their hands when they get behind the wheel. Accidental injuries of various types are the leading cause of death for Americans up to the age of 44, according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In fact, in 2016 alone, 61,749 people in this age group died due to unintentional injury. While there can be a number of contributors to accidental injuries, motor vehicle accidents and poisonings were the most commonly fatal.
However, people can take action to make themselves less vulnerable to accidents and injuries on the road. Each year, over 2 million people are injured and 32,000 killed in car accidents. Driving safely and conscientiously can help to avoid many crashes. This means staying within the speed limit and making sure to drive without distractions or other influences that could lessen reaction times. While drunk driving remains a major threat on American roads, distracted driving is becoming one of the most significant risks to life and safety.
Texting while driving means that a driver’s hands, eyes and mind are away from the wheel and the road ahead. In fact, drivers can travel the length of a football field while sending or receiving a single text. During 2016, 3,450 people lost their lives due to crashes caused by distracted driving.
Even when people act to protect themselves, they can still fall victim to someone else’s distracted or dangerous driving. Motor vehicle accidents can lead to severe injuries and long-term disabilities. A personal injury lawyer can help a crash victim pursue compensation for their damages, including lost wages and medical bills.