Did you know that over 40,000 people are killed each year in car, truck, bus and motorcycle accidents in the United States? Nearly three million suffer injuries.
- Auto accidents account for some of the most serious injuries, including brain damage and spinal cord injuries
- 45% of all spinal cord injuries in the United States—roughly 5,000 annually—are the result of car and truck accidents
Defective products and inadequate safety mechanisms
While many auto accidents occur because of human error, many also can be caused or worsened by defective products or inadequate safety mechanisms. Rollover accidents are responsible for an estimated 24,000 injuries and 10,000 deaths annually in the United States. Vehicles that are prone to rollovers, especially sport utility vehicles, or SUVs, are commonly involved in these accidents.
Vehicle roofs in a number of vehicles have also been found unable to withstand rollover accidents, with drivers and passengers injured and killed. Federal officials, seeking to reduce the number of roof crush accidents, have proposed toughening the current 30-year-old standard to mandate stronger auto roofs.
Airbags can cause severe injuries in auto accidents. Sometimes airbags deploy when they should not, or open with too much force or too slowly. In some cases airbags fail to deploy at all to protect drivers and passengers.
Other devices have also caused injury and death, such as lap belts found in older vehicles and defective parking brakes.
Motorcycles and scooters have increased in popularity in recent years and traffic accidents involving two-wheeled vehicles have likewise increased. In 2011, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that 4,612 people died from motorcycle-related accidents in the US.
Tractor trailers, large trucks and buses are involved in accidents that account for roughly 5,000 fatalities each year in the US. Fifteen-passenger vans often used by daycare centers, business commuters, sports teams, senior citizen groups and others are also considered dangerous because they are prone to rollovers.
School bus accidents account for an average 17,000 emergency-room injuries and 20 deaths each year in the US.
If you or someone you know was killed or seriously injured in a truck or car accident, contact Boonswang Law for a free evaluation of your case.