According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were nearly 6.3 million police-reported crashes in 2015. That amounts to over 17,000 motor vehicle accidents every day.
The good news is that if you’re an accident victim, you don’t have to go through the recovery process alone. With the help of an experienced lawyer, you can receive fair compensation for your injuries and other damages. The Madison motor vehicle accident attorneys at Boller & Vaughan are here to help you pursue the financial security you and your family need to move forward.
Types of Motor Vehicle Accidents
A motor vehicle accident occurs when one motor vehicle collides with another vehicle, person, animal, or stationary object. A motor vehicle is defined as any road-going vehicle powered by an internal combustion engine. As attorneys, we represent the victims of all kinds of motor vehicle accidents, including:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Bus accidents
- Defective vehicle accidents
- Hit-and-run accidents
Motor Vehicle Accident Statistics
The NHTSA keeps track of the number and type of motor vehicle accidents on American roads every year. Their most recent data comes from 2015 when there were 35,092 fatalities and 2,443,000 injuries. Speeding was a factor in 27 percent of these fatalities.
Other notable statistics from 2015 include:
- 4,067 fatalities and 116,000 injuries in accidents involving large trucks
- 4,976 fatalities and 88,000 injuries in collisions involving motorcyclists
- 5,376 fatalities and 70,000 injuries in wrecks involving pedestrians
- 818 fatalities and 45,000 injuries in accidents involving pedal cyclists
Wisconsin statistics also show an alarming rate of motor vehicle accident fatalities. In 2015, there were 566 traffic fatalities. These include 81 motorcyclist fatalities, 57 pedestrian fatalities, and 15 cyclist fatalities.
What these figures reveal is that motor vehicle accidents aren’t just frequent, they’re commonplace. According to the Insurance Information Institute, the odds that a person will be involved in a fatal motor vehicle accident in his or her lifetime are 1 in 113.
Motor Vehicle Accident Injuries
While some accident victims are lucky enough to walk away unscathed, many others are not. Motor vehicle accidents can result in injuries such as:
- Broken bones
- Internal bleeding/organ damage
- Permanent disfigurement/scarring
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Total or partial paralysis
Motor Vehicle Accident Compensation
An experienced Madison motor vehicle accident lawyer can help you or a loved one recover damages for:
- Current/future medical bills
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning ability
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium
- Property damage
- Wrongful death
What to do After a Motor Vehicle Accident
Shock is common after any type of motor vehicle accident. It can be hard to think clearly, let alone make decisions that will preserve the validity of your personal injury claim. If you are in a motor vehicle accident, remember that there are certain steps you need to take after the accident, depending on what kind of vehicles were involved.
- After a car accident it is important to gather personal contact and insurance information from each party involved. You should notify your insurance company, but don’t discuss the details of the accident with anyone until you have spoken to a Madison car accident attorney. Click here to read more about what to do after a car accident.
- After a truck accident you’ll need to gather more information in addition to contact and insurance info. You’ll also need to get the DOT numbers for the cab and trailer of the truck, the company name, and the company ID number of the driver. Click here to read more about what to do after a truck accident.
- After a motorcycle accident there is a much higher chance that the motorcyclist will be injured. A medical assessment is advised, even if the motorcycle driver doesn’t immediately notice obvious signs of injury, and relevant information about other involved drivers and vehicles should be obtained. Click here to read more about what to do after a motorcycle accident.
When to Contact a Motor Vehicle Accident Attorney
After a motor vehicle accident, you will probably be contacted by an insurance adjuster from your own insurance provider as well as claims adjusters from the insurance companies of other involved drivers. You may be asked to sign a release, accept a settlement, or give a recorded statement. No matter how tempting having this process over with may be, you should never speak to an insurance adjuster without speaking to a motor vehicle accident lawyer first.
If you were hurt or a loved one was killed in a motor vehicle accident, contact the attorneys at Boller & Vaughan. We’re here to provide legal assistance and won’t charge for our services unless we successfully recover financial compensation on your behalf. Call us to schedule a free consultation at 608-268-0268.