Each year, far too many individuals are injured and killed in motor vehicle crashes all across the United States. Though these accidents can be caused by drunk drivers and those who operate their vehicle inappropriately, distracted driving, where the driver is focused on something other than the road, is another common cause of car accidents that deserves attention.
With the treacherous winter weather conditions of the past month, many Pittsburgh families have been involved in accidents on the road. The icy roads have caused a number of car accidents, many of which resulted in serious injuries and tragically even fatalities.
Though our blog tries to focus on the Pittsburgh area, sometimes covering individual motor vehicle accidents can downplay just how prevalent crashes are. If we look at the nation as a whole, it is readily apparent that there are large numbers of crashes and people injured in car accidents every year. In 2010, there were 3.9 million nonfatal injuries and 32,999 people who died from car accidents. Not only are car accidents horribly prevalent, but they are also horrificaly expensive.
This week, we are covering the story of a 21-year-old man from a small town in south-central Pennsylvania. The young man was in a serious car accident at the end of November and he is still recovering from his injuries. Though he was the driver in a single-vehicle accident, the injuries he suffered, the medical debt he has accrued and the time it has taken to recover are all similar to those of victims in car accidents caused by negligent drivers. While this young man likely cannot file a personal injury lawsuit, anyone who is hurt by another driver likely can.